May 26, 2011
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MESA, Ariz. - Louisiana Tech needed a rally and the offense came through in a big way with seven runs over the final two innings as the third-seeded Bulldogs pushed past No. 6 New Mexico State, 9-3, in game two of the WAC Tournament at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa late Wednesday.
Joey Ford sparked Louisiana Tech (33-25) as he went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI while Mark Threlkeld and Clint Ewing drove in two runs each.
The win marked the second time in three years that Louisiana Tech has won its opening game in the WAC Tournament.
Trevor Petersen (6-4) was credited with the win after walking one and striking out one in relief. Starter Jeb Stefan allowed three runs on seven hits while walking three and struck out a season-high seven batters. Caleb Dudley (11) was credited with the save as he struck out two and did not allow a run in 2.0 innings on the mound.
Starter Ryan Beck (10-5) was charged with the loss for New Mexico State (34-23) after allowing four runs (two earned) on seven hits in six innings while walking one and striking out four.
Tech got on the board in the bottom of the second as Ewing drove in two runs on a double down the left field line after Ford singled and Austin Hedges reached on a throwing error by Beck as Hedges attempted a sacrifice bunt.
The Aggies would strike back with one run in the top of the third off of a Tanner Waite RBI single to right field. New Mexico State then took the lead in the top of the fourth as Zac Fisher lead off with a double down the right field line and Bryan Karraker followed with a triple to left to score Fisher. Karraker would score shortly thereafter on a wild pitch by Stefan.
Tech would trail, 3-2, until the seventh inning when Ford drove in the tying run on a single to left center. Hedges then hit a fly ball to left field which was dropped by Waite, allowing Ford and Gebhardt to score and giving Tech the 5-3 lead.
In the eighth inning, Will Alvis doubled down the left field line to start off the inning and was replaced by pinch runner Corey White. After a sacrifice bunt by Justin Gordey moved White to third and Kyle Roliard was intentionally walked, Ryan Gebhardt laid down a bunt that fell for and sent White across the plate. A double to right center by Threlkeld scored Gebhardt and Roliard to give the Bulldogs the 8-3 advantage. Tech would tack on one more run as Ford hit an RBI single to right that scored Threlkeld.
Louisiana Tech now faces seconded-seeded Fresno State in a WAC Tournament edition of the Battle of the Bone on Thursday, May 26 at 3 p.m. PT/5 p.m. CT. Tech fans can listen to the action live in Ruston on ESPN 97.7 FM or from anywhere in the world online on LA Tech All-Access at LATechSports.com with Dave Nitz calling the action from Hohokam Stadium.
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