Pilots fall to LA Tech
April 02, 2011RUSTON, La. - The no. 8 in the NAIA LSU Shreveport Pilots baseball team lost to NCAA's Louisiana Tech Bulldogs by a final score of 3-2 on Saturday night in front of 1,002 fans which is the season high at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
LSUS (30-9) got on the board first with a sac fly from Kevin Smith in the top of the first inning that brought in Michael Diffie who led off the game with a double to center. La Tech (14-12) answered in the bottom of the second as Joey Ford hit a one out double to left field and then scored on a single by Clint Ewing to tie the game at one.
The Pilots regained the lead in the third inning as Chase Wentz scored from first on a single from Andrew Brouillette to give the Pilots a one-run advantage.
The sixth inning saw Tech tie the game for the second time as Corey White scored on a sac fly from Mark Threlkeld to knot it up at two. The Bulldogs scored the game's final run on a RBI-double by Will Alvis to give the home team a 3-2 lead.
The Pilots put two runners on in the ninth but were unable to score to tie or take the lead.
Logan Norris (0-1) suffered the loss for the Pilots after allowing one run in 2 and 2/3. LSUS starter Jared Mata received the no-decision after allowing six hits, two earned runs, no walks and five strike outs in five and 1/3. Tech's reliever Mike LeBreton (1-1) earned the win as he kept the Pilots off the board for three and 1/3 as he allowed just two hits and struck out four.
La. Tech extends their winning streak to four games while snapping the Pilot's eight game winning streak.
The Pilots and Bulldogs will wrap up the quick two-game series at 1:00 p.m. tomorrow at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park. The Pilots will send right-hander Jared Mortensen (5-0, 5.10) to the mound while Tech will counter with the left hander Mike Jefferson (1-1, 4.50).