Feb. 24, 2012
RUSTON, La. - Behind two six-run innings, the Louisiana Tech baseball team defeated in-state foe McNesse State 13-2 Friday night at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in the first game of the three-game series.
The Bulldogs have won four straight contests and are now 4-2 while the Cowboys drop to 1-3 on the year.
In the bottom of the first, sophomore infielder Ryan Gebhardt was hit by a pitch and senior first baseman Alex Williams singled to bring up cleanup hitter Sam Alvis with two runners on and no outs. After Alvis was hit by a pitch to load the bases, junior infielder Austin Hedges grounded out to the second baseman Trey Rickroad to bring home the first run of the game.
Sophomore catcher Tyler Qualls drove in two runs on a single to left field to increase the lead to 3-0. After a single by senior Justin Gordey, designated hitter Kyle Arnsberg singled to right field to drive in Qualls for the fourth run of the inning.
Third baseman Beau Bayliss singled in two runs on a 2-2 fastball to give the Bulldogs an early 6-0 advantage.
After Tech loaded the bases and a Cowboy pitching change, Bayliss drove a 2-0 pitch over the left field fence for his first collegiate home run, increasing the Bulldogs lead to 10.
Left fielder Stephen Gandy doubled down the left field line and scored on an Alvis single to score the 11th run for Tech. Hedges and Qualls each singled as Tech scored another run and ended the third inning leading 12-0.
Hedges singled in the bottom of the eighth and scored on a Corey White triple to give LA Tech a 13-2 lead.
Junior Jeb Stefan pitched 5.1 innings, striking out eight Cowboy hitters while only allowing one run to record his first win of the season.
Dakota Doss pitched a scoreless ninth to finish the Bulldogs victory.
Leadoff hitter Andrew Guillot recorded two hits for the Cowboys while Tyler Klouser and Seth Granger hit their first home run of the year.
Caleb Miller allowed nine runs on eight hits in two innings as he was credited with the loss.
Tech returns to action on Saturday at 1 p.m. as they continue their series against McNeese St. at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.