Commodores Upset as Freshman Leads Louisiana Tech Past Vanderbilt, 9-3
Feb. 29, 2012
NASHVILLE, TENN. - Freshman Phil Maton pitched 7.0 innings of five-hit baseball as Tech upset 2011 NCAA World Series participant Vanderbilt, 9-3, Wednesday afternoon at Hawkins Field in Nashville, Tennessee.
"He (Maton) pounded the zone and really pitched well," said head coach Wade Simoneaux. "He pitches with confidence and with fight and when you play in a tough place like this you want somebody who pitches with that confidence. He pitches with that look in his eye every night."
Ryan Gebhardt also set career-highs in hits and RBI as Gebhardt went 4-for-5 with three runs batted in and catcher Tyler Qualls set a career-high in hits as he went 3-for-5 with two RBI to lead the Bulldogs (7-3) past the Commodores (1-7).
Qualls hit a seeing-eyed single to drive in the first two runs of the game and advancing Hedges to third base as the Bulldogs took a 2-0 lead.
Qualls then attempted to steal second base and was tagged out but not before Hedges scored on the run down, giving LA Tech a 3-1 advantage.
Vanderbilt scored one run in the bottom of the inning to cut its deficit to two, 3-1.
The Bulldogs added two runs in the top of the second as Gandy and Terrasas scored on RBI singles by Gebhardt and Williams, respectively, giving the Bulldogs a 5-1 lead.
The Commodores scored two in the bottom of the sixth on a two-run home run by Mike Yastrzemski.
Taylor Burch hit a line drive home run over "the green monster" in left field to give Tech a 9-3 advantage.
Dudley pitched a scoreless ninth as Maton recorded his second win of the season (2-0). The Bulldogs defeated an SEC school for the first time since 2007 (Tech defeated Arkansas 9-2 at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park).
Freshman Brian Miller took the loss for the Commodores as he fell to 0-2 on the season.
Louisiana Tech returns to action Friday evening at Middle Tennessee. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Live audio will be available on LA Tech All-Access with Josh McDaniel calling the action from Nashville while GameTracker will also be available on LATechSports.com.
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