Diamond ‘Dogs overpower SFA, 10-8

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RUSTON, La. – It was a shootout at the Love Shack on Tuesday night, as Louisiana Tech broke out the big sticks in a 10-8 win over Stephen F. Austin.

In their final home game before the Diamond ‘Dogs begin an eight-game road swing tomorrow night in Lake Charles against McNeese, Louisiana Tech picked up their 19th win of the season with an offensive showcase.

Three Bulldogs drove in multiple runs, while six registered multiple hits in the victory, led by Dalton Skelton who had a team-high three hits, all which went for extra-bases.

Skelton, who drove in three, was joined by Chase Lunceford in that category, as Lunceford also drove in two runs. Two of those RBI from Lunceford came on a go-ahead home run in the bottom of the fifth inning, as part of a five-run frame for the Bulldogs.

Raphael Gladu also drove in multiple runs, as he helped do damage in the bottom of the fifth, with a two-run home run to right field.

SFA jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead, but rather than hang their heads, Louisiana Tech struck back for two in the bottom of the second on a two-RBI double from Skelton.

It was Skelton’s first of three doubles on the day. Skelton became the first Louisiana Tech player to hit three doubles in a game since Mark Threlkeld did it against McNeese in 2011.

SFA would tack on runs in the third and fourth inning and after four innings, the ‘Jacks held a 5-3 lead.

An RBI-double from Marshall Boggs, followed by home runs from Lunceford and Gladu in the fifth would give the ‘Dogs the lead and cushion with an 8-5 lead after four innings.

The ‘Jacks wouldn’t go down though, getting the three runs needed to knot things up in the top of the seventh inning.

Skelton’s third double of the day, this one down the right field line scored the go-ahead run in Gladu and gave LA Tech a 9-8 lead. A pitch later Colby Hamilton brought home Skelton on an RBI-single for what would be the final run of the game.

In the ninth inning, Kent Hasler slammed the door, earning his first save of the season and recording all three outs in six pitches.

Graham Ahlrich picked up his third win of the season, tossing 1.2 innings and not allowing a hit, nor walk.

Jordan Washam and Sean Ullrich each scored two runs for the Diamond ‘Dogs and the duo was joined by Gladu who scored two as well.

Louisiana Tech will now make the three-hour trip south to Lake Charles for a Wednesday night meeting with McNeese at Joe Miller Park, slated for a 6 p.m. first pitch. The game will be broadcast on ESPN 97.7 FM.

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