Louisiana Tech defeated the Dallas Baptist Patriots, 4-1 and 5-2, in a doubleheader to take the Western Athletic Conference series Saturday at Horner Ballpark in Dallas.
LA Tech (18-33, 6-17 WAC) won the first game behind a complete game performance by Phil Maton and ended the day with a come-from-behind victory in the ninth inning in the second game for a sweep of Dallas Baptist (25-26, 11-12 WAC).
"We had some balls fall our way and had a great pitching day with Maton, Ferguson and Dudley on the mound," head coach Wade Simoneaux said. "Maton set the tempo for the whole day and our offense contributed and manufactured runs all day. We're going to come out here and go for the sweep tomorrow with senior Trevor Petersen on the mound."
The two victories on the day are the first the Bulldogs have ever won on the road at Dallas Baptist and it also marks the first series win of the year for LA Tech.
Game one: LA Tech 4, Dallas Baptist 1
Sophomore right hander Phil Maton pitched a complete game and allowed just one run to lead Tech to a victory in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader.
The Bulldogs scored three runs in the third inning off a ground ball by Tyler Qualls and a two-run single by Taylor Terrasas for an early 3-0 lead over the Patriots. Tech added an additional run in the seventh off an RBI double by Alvis and closed out the victory two innings later behind a gem of a pitching performance by Maton.
Maton (6-5) earned the win after allowing just one run – an earned run – off four hits while striking out five Patriot batters in a full nine innings of work. Maton had a no-hitter going until the fifth and a shutout opportunity until Dallas Baptist plated its only run of the game late in the eighth inning off a double to right-center field by Boomer Collins.
Jake Johansen (5-6) started for the Patriots and was charged with the loss after allowing four runs – all earned – off six hits while striking out five in seven complete innings of work. Paul Voelker pitched the final two innings for Dallas Baptist and allowed just one hit in the outing.
Alvis led the Bulldogs at the plate in the first game with a 2-for-4 effort with a run scored and an RBI, while Taylor Love recorded a pair of hits in three at bats and a run scored. Terrasas also contributed with a 1-for-4 performance with two RBI to help lead Tech to victory.
Game two: LA Tech 5, Dallas Baptist 2
With a 2-2 tied game going into the ninth inning, Taylor Terrasas ripped a two-out RBI double down the left field line to score the eventual winning run to give Tech its second win of the day.
The Bulldogs got on the board in the top of the fifth when Taylor Love singled up the middle to score Colby Johnson from second. Tech added a second run in the inning on an RBI single by Tyler Qualls to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 advantage. In the bottom half of the inning, Dallas Baptist matched Tech with a two-run double by Boomer Collins to even the score at 2-2 until the ninth.
Alvis reach base on an error to start the ninth inning for Tech and stole second to give the Bulldogs a runner in scoring position with Qualls at the plate. After intentionally walking Qualls to bring up Terrasas, the senior shortstop doubled to score Alvis and give Tech the lead.
Tyler Ervine followed up with a two-run single to left field to add two additional insurance runs and helped lead the Bulldogs to a 5-2 victory and a sweep of the doubleheader.
Senior Caleb Dudley (1-4) pitched the final 3.2 innings and earned his first win of the season after allowing just one hit and striking out three in the final four innings of the game. Dudley relieved starter James Ferguson, who allowed two runs – both earned – off seven hits in 5.1 innings pitched. Ferguson struck out four batters and left the game in the sixth with a tied ball game.
Michael Smith (5-6) was charged with the loss for Dallas Baptist after allowing three runs in the ninth inning to give Tech the win. Smith allowed three hits in the final two innings he pitched. Cy Sneed started for the Patriots and allowed two runs – both earned – off seven hits in six full innings of work. Sneed was relieved by Aaron Gilbreath, who pitched one full inning, while striking out two and walking a batter.
Ervine and Terrasas led Tech offensively in the second game of the day with 2-for-4 performances by both infielders, with Terrasas plating the winning run, while Ervine totaled two RBI on the afternoon.
The series between Tech and Dallas Baptist will conclude at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Horner Ballpark in Dallas.