Seattle scored three runs in both the eighth and ninth innings for a come-from-behind 12-8 victory over Louisiana Tech to tie the series at one game apiece Sunday afternoon at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston.
Tech (10-15, 1-1 WAC) held a slim 8-6 lead after six innings before the Redhawks from Seattle (9-13, 1-1 WAC) homered three times in the final two innings to take the second game of the three-game conference series from the Bulldogs. Seattle hitters totaled 18 hits to Tech's 10 in the victory.
"When you get 12 runs on 18 hits, you deserve a win," head coach Wade Simoneaux said. "We had our opportunities, but every game we play is going to be a dogfight. Seattle is a good ball club and we have to come ready to win this series tomorrow."
Will Dennis (2-0) earned the win for Seattle after a single run or hit in 1.1 innings of relief. Garrett Anderson started for the Redhawks and allowed five runs – four earned – off four hits in 2.1 innings pitched. Kyle Doyle and Evan Ewing each came on in relief, while Eric Yardley (5) pitched the final two innings and allowed just one hit to earn his fifth save of the season.
Reliever Jamie Gilley (1-1) was tabbed with the loss after allowing four runs – all earned – off six hits in 4.1 innings of work. Gilley struck out a career-high seven batters on the day. Senior Trevor Petersen started for Tech and went 3.2 innings, while allowing six runs – five earned – off nine hits. Dakota Doss came on to pitch the ninth for the Bulldogs and gave up two runs – both earned – off three hits.
Seattle took an early 2-0 lead in the second inning after catcher Grant Newton led off with a double to left-center field to bring up Nick Latta, who sent an RBI single through the left side to plate Newton. Chase Fields grounded into a fielder's choice to score Cullen Hendrickson, who reached on a fielding error by the first baseman.
The Bulldogs answered back with a five-run third inning, which started with a single to left field by Taylor Burch. A walk and a fly ball to deep center field brought up Bre'shon Kimbell, who singled to left field to score Burch from third. Taylor Terrasas followed up with a double to left field to score Jones, followed by a wild pitch to plate Kimbell for the third run of the inning. A fielder's choice bunt by Ryan Gebhardt and a bases-loaded walk scored two more runs to give Tech a 5-2 lead over Seattle.
That lead would be short-lived as Seattle scored four runs off seven hits in the top half of the fourth inning for a slight 6-5 advantage. The back-and-forth continued as Tech scored two runs in the fourth inning, highlighted by a solo home run to left field by Tyler Ervine for his second homer of the season. The Bulldogs added a run in the sixth inning for an 8-6 lead over Seattle.
Gilley held the Redhawks scoreless until the eighth inning when Fields hit a solo shot to left field, followed by a two-run home run by Sean Narby to give Seattle a three-spot in the inning and a 9-8 lead. Seattle added three more runs in the ninth, including a solo home run by Newton to lead off the inning.
Kimbell, Terrasas, Ervine and Burch each recorded two hits apiece on the day, while Terrasas and Gebhardt had two RBI each in the loss. The Bulldogs scored eight runs off 10 hits and left nine runners stranded Sunday afternoon.
The Redhawks were led by Newton, who put together a 3-for-4 performance with two doubles, a home run, an RBI and two runs scored. Eight of Seattle's started recorded multiple-hit games in the win over Tech.
The third and final game of the WAC series is set for 6 p.m. Monday at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston. The series is tied at 1-1 heading into tomorrow night's rubber match.