Tech Blanks Nevada 11-0
April 8, 2006
Ruston, La. - Two Louisiana Tech(19-12, 5-2 WAC) pitchers combined to shutout the University of Nevada(14-16, 4-4 WAC) 11-0 in the second game of a three-game Western Athletic Conference series at J.C. Love Field in Ruston, La. Saturday afternoon. After winning nine in a row the Wolf Pack have now dropped four consecutive games, all on the road, leaving the squad at 14-16 overall and 4-4 in conference play. The red hot Bulldogs have won their last eight to improve to 19-12 on the season and 5-2 in league play.
After three scoreless innings LTU scored a run in the bottom of the fourth inning to go on top 1-0. The Bulldogs got a pair of singles and two walks in the inning but LTU second baseman Amos Ramon scored from third on a passed ball. In the fifth inning the Bulldogs got a solo home run from first baseman Albie Goulder to take a 2-0 lead.
Pack starter Travis Sutton struck out the first two hitters in the bottom of the sixth inning but then the flood gates opened. Catcher Mims Boyce singled and center fielder Adam Cobb homered of the score board in right field which chased Sutton from the game. LTU scored five more runs to take a commanding 7-0 lead. Goulder hit a three-run shot as part of the big outburst.
In the bottom of the eighth inning left fielder Brian Rike belted a two-run homer to make the final score 11-0. It was the third time this season the Pack have been shutout.
Bulldog starter Matt Lacy(4-2) pitched seven shutout innings and reliever Steve Alverson pitched two hitless innings as the duo combined on the shutout. Lacy struck out nine Pack batters in the game.
Sutton(3-1) took the loss after allowing four runs on eight hits in his 5.2 innings on the mound. He struck out six and walked five in the game.
Pack right fielder Shawn Scobee (2-for-4) had two of Nevada's six hits in the game.
Rike(4-for-5,R,3RBI) had a game high four hits and also drove in three in the game for the Bulldogs. Goulder(2-for-3,2R,4RBI) belted two home runs which scored four LTU runs on the day. Cobb's(2-for-4,R,2RBI) home run scored two runs as the Bulldogs hit four round trippers in the game.
The final game of the three-game series is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at 11:00 a.m. Pacific time.