Sixth inning costs Kats at LA Tech

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RUSTON, La. – One big inning is all it took for Louisiana Tech struck on Tuesday night at J.C. Love Field as they took down Sam Houston State, 7-0, in the opening game of a two-game midweek series.

Louisiana Tech (11-5) had six of their 10 hits in the sixth inning, five coming with two outs, as they put up seven runs and held on the rest of the way, snapping the Bearkats’ (10-4) five-game win streak.

The Bulldogs had just three hits through the first five innings, but a Bearkat mistake in the field allowed the first run to score and Louisiana Tech followed with five consecutive two-out hits to open the game up.

SHSU had eight hits, all singles, up until that point but were unable to get any runs home.

Bearkat pitching was stellar outside of the big inning, otherwise racking up six strikeouts without issuing a walk until the eighth inning.

UP NEXT

The Kats will try to even up the series on Wednesday afternoon with the finale of the midweek slate. First pitch is set for 3:00 p.m.

WINNING PITCHER

Bulldog starter Kyle Griffen allowed eight hits, but managed to keep the Kats off the board in 6.0 innings of work. He struck out three and did not issue a walk, moving his record to 3-2 on the year.

LOSING PITCHER

Brad Demco faced just one batter, but took the loss to fall to 1-1 on the season. He hit leadoff man Parker Bates to open up deciding sixth inning and was saddled with the loss after Bates scored.

BEARKAT KEY HITTERS

The Kats had three players register multi-hit games with Riley McKnight, Colton Cowser and Jordan Cannon all picking up two singles apiece.

BULLDOG KEY HITTERS

Manny Garcia led the Bulldog offense with a 3-for-3 night that included a pair of doubles and an RBI. Of the 10 Louisiana Tech hits in the game, five went for extra bases, including four doubles.

KEY INNINGS

Bottom 6th

The Bulldogs took advantage of a Bearkat misplay in the sixth and put together a big inning to open up the game. With nobody out in the inning Seth White singled to right-center, but the Kats were able to catch Bates on the bases off of third base; however, the Kats throw to the plate was wide, allowing him to score. Louisiana Tech would go on to score seven runs in the inning, on six hits, with five of the runs coming with two outs.

NOTES
- The game was the first game for the Bearkats against Louisiana Tech since 2007 when SHSU took two of three games from the Bulldogs in Huntsville. The series is the first time the Kats have traveled to Ruston since taking two of three from Louisiana Tech in 2005.
- Will Duncan made his first career start for the Bearkats and responded well, putting up 2.0 scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts.
- Dominic Robinson also had 2.0 innings of scoreless work with a pair of strikeouts, while James Kuykendall had a strikeout in an inning of work, leaving a man stranded on base in the fifth.
- Matt Dillard also turned in solid work out of the pen, striking out one and not allowing a hit in 2.0 innings of his own.
- Each of SHSU’s eight hits were singles until a two-out double by Hunter Hearn in the eighth. It was his fourth of the year and 32nd of his career.
- Jordan Cannon had singles in each of his first two at-bats, extending his current hit streak to a team-high seven games.