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Demons slip up at Louisiana Tech, lose 8-2
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RUSTON – Louisiana Tech jumped on Northwestern State starting pitcher Jacob Williford for four runs through the first 1.2 innings and added three more runs in the fifth inning as the Bulldogs pulled out an 8-2 win over the Demons in baseball action on Tuesday night.

The loss dropped the Demons to 10-13 on the season as they head into a home weekend Southland Conference series against Stephen F. Austin beginning Friday night at 6:30. Tech evened its record at 12-12.

Williford (0-1) took the loss after he gave up four runs on six hits in 1.2 innings of work. Four other Demon pitchers saw the mound with A.J. Funk surrendering three runs, all unearned, on three hits in 2.2 innings of work. Joe Scanio, Jamie Bittle and Mason Melotakis threw the final 3.2 innings and combined to give up one run and three hits with four strikeouts.

Offensively, the Demons finished the game with seven hits with no one player having two or more. Jordan Buckley and Nick Doughty each had a RBI.

Tech reliever Phil Maton (4-1) picked up the win as the second of four pitchers to take the hill.

He threw 2.1 scoreless innings and allowed two hits after he relieved starter Chris Sadberry with two down in the top of the third.

Bulldog second baseman Austin Hedges joined third baseman Beau Bayliss with 3-for-4 games at the plate with two RBI and a run scored each. Catcher Jacob Derouen added a 3-for-4 showing with two runs scored as the Bulldogs collected 12 hits in the game.

The only runs of the game for the Demons came in the third and ninth innings.

In the third, second baseman Ray Frias got things going with a one-out base on balls and went to second when shortstop Matt Burns singled up the middle. Buckley hit a two-out single to left field to score Frias and cut the deficit to 4-1.

In the ninth and the Demons down 8-1, Colin Bear got a pinch-hit double down the right field line and scored when Doughty hit a two-out single to right field to make it 8-2.

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