ARLINGTON, Texas -- Marshall Boggs dropped a two-out, two-run single into shallow rightfield to score a pair of runs in the top of the 10th inning, lifting Louisiana Tech to a 3-1 win over UTA, in the series opener on Friday night at Clay Gould Ballpark.
UTA (2-4) rode a strong starting pitching performance and a single run in the fifth inning to a 1-0 lead entering the eighth inning. Louisiana Tech got a two-out RBI single in the eighth inning to even up the game and force extra innings. With runners on first and second and two outs in the 10th, Boggs dropped a two-run single into shallow rightfield, dropping in between charging UTA defenders from first and second base and rightfield.
Louisiana Tech (5-0) handed the Mavs a two-run loss in their second extra-inning game of the year. Of UTA's first six games, four have been decided by two runs or less.
ON THE MOUND
UTA turned to senior Kadon Simmons for his second consecutive Friday-night start. Simmons worked eight strong innings in his ninth career quality start, scattering six hits and one run, walking one and striking out seven. Sophomore righty Dylan Schneider took over to start the ninth inning. Schneider (0-2) suffered the loss, allowing two runs on one hit and two walks, striking out four.
Louisiana Tech starter Kent Hasler made his second start of the year, working seven innings, allowing just six hits and one run, not issuing a walk and striking out seven. He was relieved in a tie game to start the eighth inning by Tim Jordan worked 1.1 innings, allowing two hits and no walks, striking out one. With runners on first and second with one out, Louisiana Tech called upon closer Matt Miller in relief in the ninth inning. Miller (1-0) escaped the jam in the ninth and worked 1.2 shutout innings for the win.
LEADING THE MAVS
Senior Brady Cox had his first three-hit game of the season, with UTA also getting two hits from Phil Berthiaume. UTA also got hits from Omar Salinas, Will Olson, Noah Vaughan and Easton Johnson.
HOW THEY SCORED
Louisiana Tech had the first real scoring chance in the game, getting its first two hitters on with base hits in the top of the fourth inning. Simmons immediately responded on the bump, getting three consecutive outs to strand the pair.
The Mavs scored in the bottom of the fifth for a 1-0 lead. Vaughan led off with a first-pitch single up the middle, taking second on a sacrifice bunt and moving to third on a hard-hit groundout. Berthiaume then singled deep behind the third-base bag, with the long throw sailing up the first-base line, allowing Vaughan to score.
Louisiana Tech tied the game in the top of the eighth inning, as Jonathan Washam led off with a single, taking second on a sacrifice and scoring from third base on a two-out RBI hit from Jordan Washam.
In the top of the 10th inning, Cody Daigle was hit by a 2-2 pitch from Schneider to leadoff the inning and Raphal Gladu drew a walk. After a pair of big outs, Boggs dropped the game-winning hit into rightfield to score the pair.
UTA returns to action with the second game of the series on Saturday, hosting the Bulldogs at 2 p.m. CT at Clay Gould Ballpark.
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