Five homeruns highlight Bulldogs series split

April 30, 2009

by Kevin Sims

Big hits and stingy pitching helped Tech rally back to split the four-game series against Sacramento State University in Sacramento, Calif., over the weekend.
With the split, Tech improved its conference record to 7-9 and moved to 22-18 on the season.

Tech 7, Sac 8
In the Friday series opener, Tech dropped a heartbreaker 8-7 after a seventh inning rally came up a little too short.

With one down, junior right fielder Devon Dageford hit a solo home run to left center to cut the Hornets’ lead to two. Two batters later, freshman first basemen Alex Williams added another solo shot to bring Tech within one, but a strike out by senior catcher Matt Combs ended the inning with Tech still trailing.

Tech failed to get a hit for the remainder of the game. Junior starter Jamey Bradshaw had a less than stellar outing, giving up six earned runs in 2.1 innings. Dageford led the Bulldogs offensively, going 3-4 with two RBIs.

Tech 6, Sac 8
A pair of three-run homer runs by Sacramento proved too much for Tech to overcome in Saturday’s outing as the Bulldogs fell 8-6 in game two.

Tech fought back in the fifth, scoring five runs on three hits including a grand slam by sophomore catcher Clint Ewing. Tech struck again in the top of the ninth when Dageford opened the inning with his second homer in two days, but a double play and a fielder’s choice ended Tech’s night.

Freshman starter Jeb Stefan gave up eight runs in 6.2 innings while Ewing led the Bulldog sluggers going 1-3 with four RBIs.

Tech 7 Sac 4
Tech ended its two-game skid with a 7-4 victory despite a dangerous eight inning.

After only giving up four runs in seven innings of work, senior starter Dylan Mosely gave up back-to-back-to-back singles to load the bases for the Hornets.

With only one down, head coach Wade Simoneaux turned to freshman pitcher Mike Jefferson to get out of the hole. Jefferson managed to strike out the next batter and ending the inning with no damage done when he got Sacramento’s Tim Wheeler to fly out to right field.

Senior second baseman led the Bulldogs going 2-4 with two RBIs.

Tech 10, Sac 5
In the series finale, Tech left little doubt in its offensive abilities, smashing five home runs to close out the series, with a 10-5 win.

Tech managed six runs on four hits in the top of the seventh to pull the game out of reach. Kersten opened scoring with a home run to left center.

After a pair of hits and an error, senior left fielder Patrick Thomas capped Tech’s scoring with a three-run blast, Tech’s fifth on the day. Sophomore starter Casey Jones pitched 7.1 innings giving up three runs on seven hits. Kersten, Thomas, Dageford and Williams all went yard for the Bulldogs.