Richie Navari pitched nine innings and allowed just one run in the win
Four LA Tech errors helped Texas A&M to a five-run fourth inning
Game 2 is slated for 1:05 p.m. Saturday at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park
Kimbell's 11th-inning walk-off home run gave LA Tech a 6-4 win in Game 1
The rubber match begins at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park
2013: Made 42 appearances and 33 starts as the Bulldogs' catcher ... Posted a .264 batting average with six doubles, two home runs, 18 RBI, 12 runs and 13 walks ... Successfully one base in four attempts on the season ... Threw out nine base runners attempting to steal from behind the plate ... Recorded seven multiple-hit games over the course of the season ... Totaled a career-high three RBI on two separate occasions in 2013 ... Walked two times in a game twice during his junior campaign ... Hit his first home of the season April 14 at Texas State in a 2-for-5 effort with three RBI and a run scored ... Was 2-for-3 with three RBI March 17 vs. Stephen F. Austin ... Enjoyed a seven-game hitting streak from April 23 to May 8 ... Reached base safely in eight straight games during the season.
2012: Saw action in 43 games, while starting 34 at catcher ... Posted a .336 batting average with 20 RBI, 13 runs and added one home run ... Recorded nine multiple-hit games over the course of the season ... Was a perfect 2-2 at the plate against McNeese State (2/24) with three RBI and two runs scored ... Helped lead Tech to a 9-3 victory over SEC powerhouse Vanderbilt in a 3-5 effort with two RBI ... Was impressive in the conference tournament going 7-16 with six RBI, five runs, two doubles and his first homerun of the season in four games played ... Threw out nine base runners attempting to steal ... Ended the season on a seven-game hitting streak which is currently active heading into the 2013 season.
2011: Played in 27 games, starting 13 behind the plate... Recorded a .417 on base percentage and was a perfect 2-for-2 on stolen base attempts... Made his first start behind the plate against Grambling State (2/20)... Had two hits, two RBI and scored a run in Tech debut... Game-winning RBI single through the left side in the top of the 11th at McNeese State (2/27)... Scored a run against No. 17 Baylor (3/13)... Tallied his first career double against Alcorn State (3/22)... Threw out his first runner attempting to steal second against UTPA (3/26)... Was 1-for-3 at the plate with a walk and scored the game-winning run in Tech's win against UT Arlington (5/3)... Had a hit and scored two runs against Mississippi Valley State (5/11)... Singled in each game at Sacramento St. (5/21-22).
High School: Earned four letters as a prep standout at Jackson High School... Named Class 4A District 1 Player of the Year after hitting .461 with five home runs, 32 doubles, three triples and an .841 OBP as a senior... Cited with two all-Missouri honors from the Missouri State Coaches' Association and the Missouri Sports Writers' Association as a senior... Named to the 2010 Under Armour Preseason all-American Team...Named first team all-District and all-Conference as a junior and senior... Selected as a two-time player of the year and most outstanding defensive player and hitting award at Jackson HS... Traveled with the Midwest Mules and helped lead the team to the Southwest National Championship... Lettered one year as a basketball player... Chose Tech over Arkansas, Missouri, Rice and Southern Illinois.
Personal: Full name is William Tyler Qualls... Son of Bruce and Chris Qualls... Has one sister, Molly... Majoring in kinesiology... Born November 24, 1991 in Jackson, Missouri.