This item originally appeared in the April 22, 2004 issue of The Tech Talk.
By Brian Allen
The Bulldog baseball team ended a season-high nine-game losing streak by beating Hawaii 1-0 in a pitching dual Sunday night in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The Bulldogs' (13-28, 4-11 WAC) win on Sunday night capped off a three-game Western Athletic Conference series with Hawaii, where the Bulldogs lost two out of three, dropping the first two games 9-1 and 8-4.
In Sunday's win, Mitch Tucker (2-4) pitched a complete game, recording seven strikeouts and giving up four hits against the Rainbows.
"If we get ahead of hitters, not pitch behind in the count and make hitters chase pitches, we will be successful most of the time," Bulldog head coach Wade Simoneaux said.
After seven scoreless innings, Gil Laird led off the eighth inning by drawing a walk. Mims Boyce and Brandon Haygood each reached base by being hit by pitches. Jeff Walker then singled in Boyce, while recording his third hit of the game and giving the Bulldogs the victory.
Saturday's game was controlled by Hawaii pitching, as Stephen Bryant pitched eight solid innings and gave up one run on six hits in the 9-1 win.
Friday night's game was evenly matched, as Tech had 13 hits versus Hawaii's 14 hits. The difference was Hawaii's hitting late in the game, which plated five runs in the final two innings.
Hawaii held a 3-2 lead until the sixth inning when Tech burst out two runs on four hits, led by Boyce's four hits in the game.
Tech's pitching could not hold the one-run lead in the final two innings, and the Bulldogs would go on to lose the game by four runs.
"Hawaii is a much better team on their artificial turf, and they have a great home record," Simoneaux said.
A three-game home series against Nevada the previous weekend consisted of a sweep of Tech by scores of 13-7, 15-4 and 27-9.
Nevada jumped out to a 10-3 lead after the first six innings in Thursday's game and would not trail the rest of the game, as Tech hitters had nine strikeouts and left ten men on base.
On Friday night, Tech took an early one-run lead in the first inning, after senior infielder Kyle Spangler singled to score Walker.
The score was 2-2 until the fifth inning when Nevada scored four runs on the way to victory.
In Saturday's 27-9 pounding, Tech's pitching gave up 20 walks and 23 hits to set new school records in each category.
The Wolf Pack possessed the lead the entire game and recorded huge innings of nine runs and seven runs, as Nevada scored in five out of the six final innings en route to the win.