WAC Baseball Recaps - May 15
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - (LT Media Relations) Two years after falling to Arkansas in extra innings in North Little Rock it was a repeat nightmare for Louisiana Tech as the Bulldogs fell to No. 17 Arkansas, 6-5, in 10 innings in front of a sellout crowd of 10,512 at Dickey-Stephens Park Tuesday night.
The game was similar to the 2010 meeting between the two teams in the same ballpark when Arkansas nabbed a 5-4, 10-inning win over Louisiana Tech.
The Bulldogs (23-24) tallied 14 strikeouts among eight pitchers to take the mound in the game. Caleb Dudley (4-4) was charged with the loss after giving up a single to Matt Reynolds, who eventually scored the winning run. Dudley walked three and struck out one in two innings on the mound. Barrett Astin (3-5) was credited with the win for the Razorbacks (36-17).
Tech struggled to stop Reynolds all night as the Arkansas third baseman was 4-for-5 with three RBI and three runs scored and a walk. Reynolds had stolen third base when Kyle Arnsberg’s throw went wild and into left field, allowing Reynolds to score the winning run.
Louisiana Tech is now 8-8 in one-run games this year but the Bulldogs have lost seven of the last eight of those.
Phil Maton led the pitching staff with four strikeouts in 1.2 innings pitched while Jeb Stefan, James Ferguson and Jamie Gilley all struck out three.
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New Mexico 12, New Mexico State 10 (11)
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - (NMSU Media Relations) The New Mexico State baseball team (31-20) took the season series-finale with the University of New Mexico (30-22) to extra innings but lost 12-10 on a walk-off home run at Isotopes Park, Tuesday, May 15.
The Lobo lead-off hitter got on with a single in the bottom of the 11th before the UNM catcher hit a two-run homer over the left-field wall to end the 4 hour, 16 minute baseball game.
The Aggies tallied 10 runs on 17 hits but gave up three errors, with two costly errors coming in the bottom of the eighth as UNM scored two unearned runs. The Lobos ended the night with 12 runs on 17 hits and marked one error.
The Aggies led 4-0 after two and a half inning but the Lobos overcame that and took a 7-4 lead after posting a five-run sixth inning.
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San Jose State 4, UC Davis 3 (12) (Continuation of 2/21 game)
UC Davis 12, San Jose State 9
SAN JOSE, Calif. - (SJSU Media Relations) Though the calendar reads May, the San Jose State baseball team grabbed a win Tuesday over UC Davis in a continuation of a February game and nearly came back to win the makeup of a March rainout, as the Spartans split two results with the Aggies, winning 4-3 in 12 innings and falling 12-9.
FEBRUARY GAME RESUMED
Tuesday's first contest was resumed in the top of the 12th inning with the score tied 3-3. The game was suspended due to darkness on Feb. 21. Kalei Contrades pitched a perfect 12th inning to complete a four-inning outing that began three months ago. He would earn what counted as his first victory of the season in what was his debut appearance on Feb. 21 by throwing four shutout frames with four strikeouts and no walks.
The Spartans (22-26) put together a two-out rally in the bottom half of the 12th to ensure the game would not drag on any longer. Nick Schulz drew a two-out walk, his fifth walk in the game, and Kyle Gallegos hit a two-out single to move Schulz into scoring position. Mike Reiling then came up for his first at-bat of the game after entering as a defensive replacement in the top half of the inning three months ago.
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