March 19, 2010
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RUSTON, La. -
Southern Miss rallied back to tie the game in the eighth inning, but La. Tech scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to take the series opener 4-3.
Down 3-1, the Golden Eagles scored single runs in both the seventh and eighth inning to tie the game at three in the eighth inning.
Southern Miss closer Collin Cargill surrendered two singles to start the ninth and with runners at the corners, Tech's Devon Dageford hit a line drive off of Cargill's leg to plate the winning run.
"I was proud of the way we battled back tonight, but hats off to their starting pitcher (Bradshaw) who held us down early," head coach Scott Berry said. "We had our opportunity's to win the game tonight and did not get it done and Louisiana Tech did."
Todd McInnis started on the mound for Southern Miss allowing two runs on seven hits through five innings. Reliever Paxton King pitched well out of the pen, holding Tech to three hits and one run over three innings.
For Tech, starting pitcher Jamey Bradshaw baffled the Southern Miss hitters most of the early part of the game, facing only one over the minimum through the first five innings. His final line was, 7.1 innings allowing seven hits and three runs.
La. Tech broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth as Clint Ewing took advantage of the short left field at Love Field, hitting a two-run home run to put the Bulldogs on top.
Southern Miss cut the Tech lead in half in the top of the sixth inning as Travis Graves was hit by a pitch to start the inning and sacrificed to second by Travis Creel. Two batters later Taylor Walker singled up the middle to plate Graves, making the score 2-1.
Tech immediately got that run back in the bottom of the sixth inning as Kyle Roliard became the second Tech hitter to take advantage of the short left field fence with a solo home run off King.
The Golden Eagles answered with a run of their own in the top of the seventh as Tyler Koelling doubled just inside the left field line allowing Kameron Brunty to score from first base, making the score 3-2.
In the top of the eighth inning, Walker tied the game with a RBI single scoring Creel who started the inning with a single up the middle and went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Marc Bourgeois.
The two teams will meet for the second game of the series tomorrow, first pitch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. with Scott Copeland getting the nod for Southern Miss.