March 31, 2006
RUSTON, La. - Heath Tapscott threw a complete game for UAB, the first of the season, but it wasn't enough as the Blazers fell to Louisiana Tech 3-1 in game one of a weekend series at J.C. Love Field in Ruston, La.
The setback drops the Blazers' record to 13-14 on the season, the first time all year that head coach Larry Giangrosso's squad has been under .500.
Tapscott had his best outing of the season, throwing the entire contest while striking out six Bulldog hitters. He allowed only five hits and had only one inning in which he gave up runs. Taking the loss dropped the sophomore's record to 2-3.
UAB's offensive attack managed eight hits, but could only muster one run on the evening. Ryne Lovdahl had the lone RBI, and went 2-for-3 on the contest. Billy Lichtner and John Wayne Donahue also had two hits on the night.
Pitching dominated early, as Heath Tapscott and Bulldog starter Luke Burnett kept both offenses at bat in the first three innings. Tapscott breezed through the Tech lineup, punching out three hitters and allowing only one hit.
UAB pushed across the first run of the evening, scoring in the top of the fourth. After Zac Ward reached on an error, a single by Billy Lichtner moved him along to third. Ryne Lovdahl cashed in the run, hitting a sacrifice fly to right to give the Blazers an early 1-0 lead.
Louisiana Tech would come roaring back in the fifth, pushing three runs across to reclaim the advantage 3-1.
The Green and Gold mounted a threat in the sixth, as back-to-back singles by Lichtner and Lovdahl put runners on the corners, but Burnett escaped when he got Jorge Gutierrez to line out to left to end the inning.
Tapscott held firm, mowing down the Bulldogs in the sixth, seventh and eight. The native of Hartselle, Ala., retired nine in a row to end the contest.
Andrew Alsup would close the door in the ninth for Louisiana Tech, picking up his third save of the season.
UAB will try to even the series up at one Saturday afternoon, as its sends Lyle Northington to the hill against right-hander Matt Lacy. For complete post-game coverage, check www.uabsports.com. For live stats of the game, go to the Louisiana Tech website, www.latechsports.com.