Feb. 22, 2013
RUSTON - Sophomore right hander Phil Maton threw a two-hit shutout and struck out 11 batters as Louisiana Tech (2-3) defeated Oral Roberts (1-4), 2-0, in the home opener Friday night at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
Maton (1-0) earned his first win of the season after allowing just two hits and no runs in 5.2 innings while fanning 11 Golden Eagles batters to tie his career high for strikeouts and lower his earned run average to 0.79 for the season. Maton was relieved in the sixth by Sam Alvis who gave up no runs on two hits in two innings of work.
Right hander Alex Gonzalez (0-2) picked up the loss for Oral Roberts after allowing two runs - both earned - on seven hits in seven innings pitched. Gonzalez was relieved in the eighth by right hander Nathan Garza.
Tech used four pitchers on the night with Omar Ugarte coming on in the eighth to face one Golden Eagle batter and set up the save for Caleb Dudley (2). Dudley faced three batters and struck out two in the ninth to earn his second save of the season and the 25th of his career. The Bulldog pitching staff struck out a combined 16 batters for the first time since April 5, 2007
The Bulldogs started off the scoring early in the bottom of the first as shortstop Ryan Gebhardt led off the inning with double off the left field wall on the first pitch of the at bat. Terrasas followed up with a single down the left field line to score Gebhardt from second and give Tech a 1-0 lead over Oral Roberts.
The scoring would stall until the bottom of the sixth inning when first baseman Tyler Ervine would lead off the inning with a single to left field. Ervine advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Austin Hedges to bring up right fielder Bre'shon Kimbell who doubled to right field in the fourth inning. Kimbell followed up as he scorched a ball to left for an RBI double to plate Ervine and give the 'Dogs a 2-0 lead.
Gebhardt, Ervine and Kimbell led Tech offensively with two hits apiece with Terrasas and Kimbell knocking in one run each for the Bulldogs. Tech totaled nine hits in the contest and left 10 runners on base.
Shortstop Nate Goro led the Golden Eagles at the plate with a 3-for-4 performance on the night as Oral Roberts tallied four hits in the loss.
The win marks the first shutout the Bulldogs have posted in a home opener since 2001 and the first shutout overall since April 17, 2011 at Hawai'i.
The series resumes Saturday as senior right hander Trevor Petersen is schedule to take the mound for the Bulldogs as Tech will shoot for its second win of the weekend.
Game two of the series is set for a 3 p.m. start Saturday as fans can enjoy Autograph Day with autographs from all the Bulldog baseball players immediately following the game.
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