Box Score Feb. 24, 2016
Box Score: LA Tech 6, #6 ULL 2
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech (3-1) gave fans something to cheer for in its home opener Wednesday night as the Bulldogs defeated No. 6 UL-Lafayette, 6-2, in front of 2,095 in attendance at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston.
With the victory, LA Tech defeated the Ragin' Cajuns for the first time since 2006 while No. 6 UL-Lafayette (3-1) is the highest-ranked opponent the Bulldogs have beaten since that 2006 season when Tech took down No. 3 Mississippi State in Ruston. The crowd that showed up in support of the Bulldogs goes down as the eighth largest in stadium history and the biggest crowd since LA Tech hosted Arkansas in 2007. The win also marks LA Tech's first win at home versus a ranked opponent since 2011 when the Bulldogs defeated No. 19 Fresno State in Ruston.
"It was really exciting to see our group of guys continue to be unselfish," head coach Greg Goff said of the victory. "Even tonight in a big game, everyone was cheering for one another and pulling for each other. I feel like our coaches have done a great job of preparing our players. It pays off. It was just a great team effort from the coaches to players and all the way down.
"It is so exciting to watch our crowds grow and seeing all the blue up there tonight was incredible. To see our team hopefully gain some confidence in a tough game, I hope we can build off of this and if we continue to build and work hard, good things will happen."
Tyler Clancy (2-0) did exactly what Goff asked of him Wednesday and then some when he pitched six shutout innings against the Ragin' Cajuns while allowing five hits and striking out a career-high nine batters. The senior lefty picked up his second win on the mound in as many appearances and has now pitched 11.2 innings of scoreless baseball in two starts for the Bulldogs in 2016. Graham Ahlrich came on in the seventh and faced five batters into the eighth before Adam Atkins came in to close out the final two innings.
"I thought [Clancy] was really good," Goff said. "I thought he was really locked in and was competing for every pitch. He really had to make some tough pitches to some really good hitters. Lafayette has a great approach and great offense, but tonight, he shut those guys down."
While Clancy and the Bulldogs' bullpen did their job on the mound, LA Tech's hitters backed them up offensively with 11 hits, six of which went for extra bases, including three triples. The Bulldogs took a 2-0 lead after three innings, but it was four runs in the fifth that helped seal the victory for LA Tech.
UL-Lafayette starter Evan Guillory (0-1) was charged with the loss for the Ragin' Cajuns after allowing three runs on five hits while walking one and striking out one. Will Bacon came on in relief with one out in the fifth and failed to record an out, but LA Tech did score three runs on as many hits against the righthander. ULL used a total of five pitchers in the loss.
LA Tech got on the board in the second when Sean Ullrich singled to right field, took second on a ground ball and scored easily on a two-out double down the right field line by Jordan Washam for a 1-0 lead. The Bulldogs added a run the very next inning thanks to a lead-off triple in the left-center gap by Bryce Stark who was able to cross home plate the next at-bat on Raphael Gladu's RBI single to left to make it 2-0.
As Clancy kept the Ragin' Cajuns off balance on the mound, LA Tech broke open the game in the fifth when the Bulldogs sent 10 batters to the plate and scored four runs on five base knocks to jump out to a 6-0 advantage over ULL.
UL-Lafayette attempted a comeback in the eighth after scoring two runs on a pair of walks and two-run single, but it was short-lived for the Ragin' Cajuns as Atkins forced a ground out to strand one and give LA Tech a 6-2 lead heading to the final inning and a half.
Three different Bulldogs recorded multiple-hit games to help lead LA Tech to a win over the sixth-ranked Ragin' Cajuns with Chandler Hall, Jordan Washam and Gladu each getting two apiece. Gladu ended the night 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI's, a walk and one run scored, while Marshall Boggs also drove in two runs on a triple in the fifth. Hall enjoyed a 2-for-4 effort at the plate with a double and triple.
Louisiana Tech now turns its attention to this weekend as the Bulldogs prepare to host UT Arlington in a three-game series beginning at 6 p.m. Friday at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston.
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