March 25, 2013
RUSTON, La. - Seattle scored six runs in the first three innings to give the Redhawks a 7-4 victory over Louisiana Tech (10-16, 1-2 WAC) in the final game of the conference series Monday night at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston.
Seattle (10-13, 2-1 WAC) took a 2-0 lead early in the top half of the first after starter Richie Navari walked in two Redhawk base runners. Navari, who was recovering from illness coming into today's game, lasted two-thirds into the first inning before being replaced by left hander Ben Carlisle.
"With a shaky start, I like the way our guys fought back," head coach Wade Simoneaux said. "We were in the ball game until the last pitch. Seattle is a quality team and they are tough to get out. They play sound defense and pitch with a purpose, but our guys competed. We out-hit them and out-played them in the last seven innings."
Navari (1-4) was charged with the loss after facing seven batters and allowing two runs off no hits with four walks and two strikeouts. Caleb Dudley came on in the second inning in relief of Carlisle and pitched 5.1 innings of four-hit baseball while allowing two runs - both earned - and striking out two.
Reliever Skyler Genger allowed no runs off two hits in four innings of relief work. Genger (3-4) came on in the third inning to replace starter Andrew Olson. Eric Yardley earned the save, his sixth of the season, after pitching 1.1 innings and allowing no runs off one hit and striking out two batters.
Tech got on the board in the bottom half of the first after Taylor Terrasas and Tyler Ervine had back-to-back singles to bring up Ryan Gebhardt, who sent an RBI single to center field to cut Seattle's lead to 2-1.
With Seattle up 6-1 in the top of the third, the Bulldogs scored three runs off three hits, highlighted by a double by Terrasas and an RBI triple by Gebhardt to cut the Redhawks' lead to two. Seattle would lead 6-4 until the top of the sixth when Brian Olson singled to right-center field to score Sean Narby.
Taylor Terrasas recorded a career-high four hits in five at bats with two runs scored to lead the Bulldogs on the night at the plate. Ryan Gebhardt and Ryan Jones both totaled two hits in the loss, while Gebhardt added a pair of RBI as well.
Shortstop Nate Roberts led the Redhawks with a 2-for-5 performance with an RBI and two runs scored and a walk. Sean Narby added two RBI in a 1-for-3 night at the plate.
The Bulldogs return to action at 6 p.m. Tuesday to face I-20 foe Grambling State (9-14, 3-6 SWAC) at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston. Tomorrow's game will mark the return of Throwback Tuesday with fans receiving free throwback T-shirts while supplies last.
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