Feb. 19, 2012
RUSTON, La. - Alex Williams hit a deep three-run home run past the train tracks in right center as Tech defeated UTA, 8-7 in game two of the doubleheader to bounce back from a 8-2 loss in game one.
Seven Bulldog hitters recorded multi-hit games while starting pitchers Jamie Gilley and Trevor Peterson each pitched five innings while striking out 11 hitters combined.
"Gilley and Peterson did a good job for us," said head coach Wade Simoneaux. "Peterson threw his cutter that he's been working on with (pitching coach Brian) Rountree and it really slowed their offense down."
Game One: UT-Arlington 8, Louisiana Tech 2
UT-Arlington jumped out to a 3-0 lead on Tech after a three-run home run by cleanup hitter Matt Shortall. Gilley, making his first start as a Bulldog after redshirting last season settled down after the first and pitched five innings of three-run baseball, striking out five Maverick hitters.
UTA led off the third inning with a double and single to have runners at the corners with no outs. Gilley got Preston Beck to ground out to first for the first out. With Shortall up, Gilley struck him out on three high fastballs for the second out. Second baseman Michael Guerra then hit a liner to left field that looked like a sure two-run double when Stephen Gandy made a diving stop at the warning track to get the Bulldogs out of the inning unharmed.
In the bottom of the inning, shortstop Ryan Gebhardt singled up the middle to extend his hitting streak to 20 dating back to last season. With Gebhardt on first base, Williams hit a 1-1 pitch to deep right-center field for his first home run of 2012 as the Bulldogs cut their deficit to one.
In the eighth inning, Tech was threatening to post a big inning as designated hitter Bre'shon Kimbell singled to lead off the inning. Second baseman Austin Hedges was hit by a pitch and catcher Kyle Arnsberg singled to right field as the Bulldogs had the bases loaded with nobody out.
Gandy, making his first start as a Bulldog, flew out to center field in what would have been a sacrifice fly and RBI for the left fielder. However, the home plate umpire said that Kimbell tagged up too soon from third base giving LA Tech two outs. Kody Neel struck out swinging to end the eighth as the Bulldogs rally came up short.
The Mavericks added one run in the ninth to defeat LA Tech 8-2 in game one of the doubleheader.
Game Two: Louisiana Tech 8, UT-Arlington 7
Looking for a fast start, Louisiana Tech took its first lead of the series when second baseman Taylor Terrasas and Gebhardt each singled to lead off the bottom half of the first inning. Williams grounded out to the pitcher for the first out advancing the runners to second and third with Kimbell at the plate. Kimbell grounded out to second base for the second out as Terrasas scored to give Tech a 1-0 lead.
UTA scored one run in the third to tie the score at 1-1 on one hit as runners advanced to scoring position off two wild pitches by Peterson and scored on an RBI groundout by Beck.
In the bottom of the third, Terrasas led off the inning with a single and Gebhardt walked to bring up Williams. Williams fouled off five straight pitches after quickly getting into a 2-2 count and took the ninth pitch of the at-bat past the train tracks in right field for a huge three-run home run to give the Bulldogs a 5-1 lead.
"Big Al is going to swing it," said Simoneaux. "We just have to make sure we hit behind him. Kimbell is a threat and Hedges is always a threat. He's definitely on a mission and he and Justin Gordey are two good leaders for us."
The Bulldogs never relinquished that lead.
In the bottom of the fourth, Gebhardt singled again to reach base for the third time in as many at-bats. Kimbell singled to right field as Gebhardt advanced to third. Neel followed with an RBI single to left field to add a run for LA Tech, giving Tech a five-run lead. Catcher Tyler Qualls then hit a sharp single up the middle to drive as Kimbell scored from second base to give the Bulldogs a 7-1 lead.
UTA scored three runs in the fifth off of three hits to cut the lead to three.
Simoneaux brought in southpaw Ben Carlisle in the sixth inning as Peterson pitched five innings, allowing five hits and four runs while striking out six.
After a leadoff single by Jordan Vaughn, Carlisle got catcher Greg McCall to ground out to Terrasas as he threw to Gebhardt to get the lead runner for the first out. Brandon Lawrence then hit a high fly ball to right field where Kimbell lost the ball in the lights to give UTA runners on first and second with one out.
Closer Caleb Dudley came in and got third baseman Stuart Hill to ground out into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.
Tech added another run in the seventh as Beau Bayliss, Terrasas and Gebhardt singled. Bayliss scored on Gebhardt's single to give the Bulldogs an 8-4 lead.
UTA scored three runs in the eighth before Dudley shut the door on their late rally, giving him his first save of the season and giving Tech its first win of the 2012 season.
Louisiana Tech (1-2) travels to Arkansas for a two-game road trip as Tech plays Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. and Arkansas-Little Rock on Wednesday at 3 p.m.
Notes: Louisiana Tech is now 43-49 all-time against UTA... Louisiana Tech had a team batting average of .362 over the three-game series against UT-Arlington... Head coach Wade Simoneaux was ejected in the eighth inning of game one on Sunday... With hits in both games, sophomore shortstop Ryan Gebhardt extended his hitting streak to 20 games... Gebhardt also extended his streak of consecutive games on base to 32 games... Gebhardt recorded a career-high three hits in the series finals vs. the Mavericks... Senior first baseman Alex Williams has started 70 consecutive games, dating back to 2010... Senior first baseman Alex Williams has two homeruns on the season and in back to back games...Williams had four total in 2011... Williams has scored a run in five straight games dating back to 2011... Junior infielder Taylor Terrasas had a career high in hits with three, and a career high in runs with two in game three of the series... Freshman third baseman Beau Bayliss recorded the first hit of his career when he singled in the seventh inning of the second game on Sunday... Freshman DH Jacob Derouen recorded the first hit of his career when he singled in the fifth inning of the second game on Sunday... Freshman right fielder Bre'shon Kimbell had the first multi-hit game of his career, as he recorded two hits in the win... Terrasas, Gebhardt, Williams, Kimbell, Neel, Qualls and Gandy each recorded multi-hit games with Gebhardt recording multi-hit games in both games on Sunday.