April 29, 2011
RUSTON, La. - Trevor Petersen allowed just one unearned run in a season-high eight innings of work and Kyle Roliard and Mark Threlkeld combined for six of Tech's 11 hits as Louisiana Tech dropped Nevada, 3-1, in the series opener against the Wolf Pack Friday night at J.C. Love Field.
Petersen (4-3) was wild in the first inning as he walked three of the first four batters that he faced. However, the sophomore right-hander forced Brock Stassi to ground into a double play to put two quick outs on the scoreboard.
With a runner on third, Nick Melino hit what appeared to be an inning-ending routine fly ball to right field that was dropped, allowing Nevada (15-21, 4-4 WAC) to score an unearned run before Petersen worked out of the inning.
Trailing 1-0, Roliard led off the first with a lined shot off of the leg of Nevada starter Tom Jameson who then made an errant throw to first allowing Roliard to advance to second. With one out, Threlkeld drove him in with a base knock to left and Alex Williams followed with an RBI single to give the Bulldogs a two-run lead.
Tech added another run in the third as Williams ripped a one-out single through the right side that scored Roliard who led off the inning with his second single of the night. Roliard later doubled in the seventh and Threlkeld added a double of his own in the eighth to cap three-hit performances for each slugger on the evening.
Jameson (3-5) was charged with the loss after allowing three runs, two of which were earned, on nine hits and one walk in 6.0 innings of work.
Despite throwing 26 pitches in the first inning, Petersen settled in and commanded the strike zone allowing just four hits and no walks while striking out two batters through his final seven innings of work.
With a two-run lead intact, Caleb Dudley entered the game in the ninth in a save situation but allowed a pinch hit single and a one-out single to put two runners on. The Wolf Pack then loaded the bases when Waylen Sing Chow was hit on a 3-1 pitch. However, Dudley escaped the jam as Threlkeld made a solid defensive stop on a grounder to third that ended the game.
With his eighth save of the season, Dudley moved into a three-way tie for second place on the single-season saves list at Louisiana Tech. His eight saves are the most since Matt Buckle recorded nine saves and established the school record during the 2000 season.
Louisiana Tech (22-21, 5-8 WAC) will meet the Wolf Pack tomorrow afternoon in a doubleheader. First pitch is expected at 1 p.m. while the second game will begin approximately 40 minutes after the conclusion of game one at J.C. Love Field.
Notes: Louisiana Tech is now 11-37 all-time against Nevada... Tech has posted a 16-5 record this season at J.C. Love Field... Tech has won 22 of their last 27 games at home... Tech is 15-1 this season when leading after eight innings... Tech is 160-7 since 2004 when leading after eight innings... Colby Johnson extended his hitting streak to seven games (13-for-24, .542)...Kyle Roliard extended his hitting streak to six games (10-for-23, .435)... Roliard tallied his fifth game of the season in which he has recorded three-plus hits... Threlkeld tallied his sixth game of the season in which he has recorded three-plus hits... Alex Williams tallied his 13th multi-hit performance of the season... Ryan Gebhardt tallied his fifth multi-hit game of his career... The 8.0 innings of work from Trevor Petersen tied a season-high (SIU, Feb. 18)... The win was Petersen's first since March 30 against Southern Arkansas.. Threlkeld has made 114 consecutive starts... Caleb Dudley's eight save of the season moves him into a three-way tie with Mike Martin and Billy Tanksley for second all-time on the single-season saves list at Louisiana Tech.