Bulldogs show improvement against HBU

March 26, 2009

by Angela Groce

Picking up its second series victory on the season, the Bulldogs took down Houston Baptist 11-4 and 8-6 before dropping a heartbreaker 12-11 in the series finale over the weekend at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.

With the wins, Tech moves to 12-6 on the season, putting themselves in a tie for third in the WAC standings.

Freshmen Jamelle Clements, Mike Jefferson and Graham Meyers started the weekend off on Friday night for the Bulldogs, as these men of the mound gave an impressive performance holding the Huskies to four hits in five innings of work in an 11-4 victory.

Coach Wade Simoneaux spoke highly of his freshmen pitchers and their effort on Friday night.

“Those are three freshmen that I need to continue putting out there and allowing them to gain experience,” Simoneaux said.

The Huskies only lead was during the top of the first, using two singles to take an early 2-1 lead. Tech quickly struck back in the bottom of the inning as all nine Bulldogs went to the plate.

Patrick Thomas started the five-run inning by smashing a single to right field. Winn brought Thomas in on a sacrifice fly to minimize the Huskies’ lead. Chris Kersten added his team-leading 21st RBI of the season when he singled to bring in Devon Dageford.

The Huskies would put two more on in the fourth, pulling within one, but in the end the Bulldogs never let the Huskies score again, and got the final score in the 8th inning when Ashton Hughes scored on a ground out by Kevin Winn.

Anderson picked up the win on the mound for the Bulldogs, and Winn had a career high five RBIs on the night.

Coach Simoneaux said many of his guys stepped up and made plays during the game.

“We have had different guys step up every game so we have the ability to be a good offensive team,” Simoneaux said. “We just need to put it together for nine innings, be tougher outs and fight with two strikes.”

On Saturday, junior Devin Dageford ripped a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth to give the Bulldogs a 8-6 win.
Dageford, who had been hitless on the day, got the only hit he needed, his fourth home run on the year.

“I have been trying to get the monkey off my back the whole week,” Dageford said. “I have hit a couple of balls hard, but they did not translate into hits. I was glad to break out of it in the ninth and help the team win.”

Dylan Moseley started the game for the Bulldogs, pitching six innings allowing six hits, two runs while striking out five.
Tech had a 5-4 lead going into the ninth inning.

The Huskies got a two-run home run by left fielder Leo Delgado putting them ahead 6-5, but in the bottom of the ninth, Winn tied the game on an RBI double to centerfield, sending Thomas home and bringing up Dageford for his late inning heroics.

Rollard picked up the win and is now 3-0 on the season. For the second day, Thomas led Tech with three hits.

Heartache and a 12 inning game came for the Bulldogs as they lost to the Huskies 12-11 Sunday afternoon in their first home loss on the season.

The Bulldogs had a 3-2 advantage over the Huskies after three full innings, and added four more runs, giving the Bulldogs a 7-2 cushion. The Huskies scored two runs in the top of the sixth on a two-run RBI single by Robbie Buller.

Chris Kersten added two more runs when he smashed his fifth home run of the year. The Huskies continued chipping the space between the Bulldogs when they scored three runs in the seventh and a two-run home-run in the eighth inning, cutting the lead to 11-9 for the Bulldogs.

Two more doubles by the Huskies made two more runs and a tie game in the ninth.
With both the tenth and eleventh innings scoreless by both team, in the 12th inning with a runner on second, Beau Warren put Houston Baptist ahead on a single, giving them the 12-11 lead and eventual game winning score.

Simoneaux said his team needed to pitch and play better Sunday afternoon.

“Houston Baptist deserved to win today,” Simoneaux said. “We are going to have to make some adjustments.”

The Bulldogs head to play Dallas Baptist in a three game series and will return home to play their first WAC series against Nevada at home on April 4.