Box Score April 20, 2016
Box Score: LA Tech 7, GSU 3
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech pitchers combined to strike out 15 batters and the Bulldogs scored three runs in both the fourth and seventh innings which led to a 7-3 victory over Grambling State Wednesday night at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston.
LA Tech moved to 21-12 overall on the season as the Bulldogs have now won 24 straight contests over Grambling State on the diamond. The Tigers are now an even 18-18 following Wednesday's midweek game.
Braden Bristo (3-4) started for LA Tech on the mound and earned the win after pitching four innings and allowing two runs -- one earned -- on five hits while striking out eight batters he faced. Nate Harris came on in relief in the fifth and pitched two innings of one-hit baseball while striking out four. Zack Hamilton, Casey Sullivan and Graham Ahlrich combined to pitch the final three innings for the Bulldogs. As a team, LA Tech's pitching staff combined to strike out 15 Grambling batters, which is the second-highest strikeout total this season for the Bulldogs.
"I thought Braden Bristo gave us a great start," head coach Greg Goff said. "I was really pleased with how he went out there and competed with his fast ball, and then when he got ahead of hitters, he would use that breaking ball. When you punch out that many guys, it says something. Grambling has some good hitters and they don't strikeout a lot, so I was pleased with his stuff tonight."
Grambling State sent six pitchers to the mound Wednesday with starter Jordan White being charged with the loss for the Tigers. White (1-4) gave up four runs on five hits and three walks.
A couple of early errors by the Bulldogs allowed Grambling to jump out to a 1-0 lead by scoring an unearned run in the first, but LA Tech tied the game in the third when Chandler Hall hit a two-out double in the gap then scored on an RBI single by Bryce Stark.
With LA Tech and Grambling tied, 1-1, through three innings, the Tigers took their second lead of the game in the fourth, but the Bulldogs answered right back in the bottom half of the inning with three runs thanks to a GSU error, an RBI single by Sean Ullrich and sacrifice fly by Brent Diaz to take a 4-2 lead after four innings of play.
In the seventh, Hall and Stark reached base on a walk and hit by pitch before Jordan Washam gave LA Tech a 7-2 lead with a three-run home run, his third of the year, to right field to extend the Bulldogs' lead to five.
Grambling added one more run in the top of the eighth on a walk and a pair of wild pitches before Ahlrich came on in the ninth to clinch a 7-3 victory for the Bulldogs.
Six different Bulldogs recorded one hit on the night with Jordan Washam leading the way with three RBI's thanks to his home run in the seventh. Stark, Ullrich and Diaz also drove in runs in the win, while Hall, Chase Lunceford and Jonathan Washam also had base hits for LA Tech.
The Bulldogs host Old Dominion this weekend in a three-game Conference USA series beginning at 6 p.m. Friday at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston.
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