Feb. 22, 2012
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech relief pitchers combined to strike out four and allow just four hits over 6.2 innings of play and Sam Alvis hit what proved to be the game-winning RBI double to left field in the bottom of the eighth as the Bulldogs rallied past UALR, 11-9 Wednesday afternoon at Gary Hogan Field in Little Rock.
In front of a home crowd-like atmosphere, the Bulldogs got off to a quick start as Tech put three runs on the scoreboard before recording an out. After a leadoff single by Taylor Terrasas, shortstop Ryan Gebhardt walked to bring up Alex Williams with two on and no outs. Williams hit a 1-1 fastball deep into the right field trees to give Louisiana Tech a 3-0 lead.
"We hit the smoke out of the ball," said head coach Wade Simoneaux. "Our guys really needed these two wins after dropping two against UT-Arlington."
Louisiana Tech's hot hitting continued as Stephen Gandy led off the second inning with a double to left field. Terrasas walked and Gebhardt singled through the left side to drive in Gandy and extend his hit streak to 22 games.
Arkansas-Little Rock countered Tech's big inning by scoring four runs on four hits in the first and five runs in the third to take a 9-5 lead after three innings.
After a pitching change by the Trojans, Alvis hit a leadoff double to begin the fifth inning. Catcher Tyler Qualls singled to left field to drive in Alvis for Tech's sixth run of the game. Senior Justin Gordey doubled to bring up Gandy with runners in scoring position. Gandy doubled to left field to drive in both runners as the Bulldogs cut UALR's lead to one, 9-8.
UALR brought in its setup man, Tyler Buckley to pitch the eighth inning against the heart of the Bulldogs' order. After a single by Williams, Alvis and Hedges hit back-to-back RBI doubles to give Tech an 11-9 lead.
Closer Caleb Dudley pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save of the season and his 16th save as a Bulldog.
Louisiana Tech returns to Ruston for a three-game series against in-state rival McNeese St. on Friday, Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. at J.C. Love Field.
Live stats will be provided via Game Tracker on www.LATechSports.com, the official home page for Louisiana Tech Athletics.