Baseball Splits DH with Middle Tennessee
March 3, 2012
Murfreesboro, Tenn. – Alex Williams continued his hot hitting as the senior slugger hit two two-run home runs on Saturday as Louisiana Tech (8-4) bounced back and took the second game of the afternoon, 4-2 after falling to Middle Tennessee (6-4) in game one, 13-4.
Shortstop Ryan Gebhardt went 5-for-6 on Saturday as the sophomore has reached base safely in 41 consecutive games.
Game One: Middle Tennessee 13, Louisiana Tech 4
Williams took a 2-0 pitch past the left field wall for his fifth home run of the season to drive in Gebhardt as Louisiana Tech took an early 2-0 lead. His five home runs surpass his 2011 total as he ended last season with four home runs.
Middle Tennessee scored one run in the bottom of the third inning to cut its deficit to one.
The Blue Raiders took the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning after scoring four runs on four hits as Tech trailed 5-2.
Designated hitter Kyle Arnsberg began the sixth inning with a single as Hunter Adkins allowed his first hit since the home run by Williams. Corey White pinch ran for Arnsberg and scored on an RBI single by Tyler Qualls to cut MTSU’s lead to 5-3.
Leadoff hitter Kody Neel singled in the seventh and scored on a Williams single to cut Tech’s deficit to one.
However, the Blue Raiders scored eight runs in the bottom of the eighth on three home runs, including a grand slam as Middle Tennessee took the first game, 13-4.
Adkins picked up his second win of the season for the Blue Raiders while Jeb Stefan (1-2) took the loss for the Bulldogs.
Middle Tennessee scored one run in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at 1-1.
Gebhardt singled in the top of the third inning as he extended his consecutive base streak to 41 games.
With Gebhardt on first, Williams hit a deep home run to right field to give the Bulldogs a 3-1 lead.
Louisiana Tech did not relinquish that lead as the Bulldogs scored one run in the fifth after MTSU scored one in the bottom of the fourth inning.
The Blue Raiders threatened in the sixth inning as they scored one run before closer Caleb Dudley entered the game for a multi-inning save.
Dudley pitched 3.2 shutout innings out of the bullpen for his third save of the season and his 17th as a Bulldog, one away from tying Buddy Aulds for most all-time in Tech history.
Jamie Gilley pitched 5.1 quality innings, allowing three runs while striking out six for his first victory of the season and first as a Bulldog.
Johnathan Frebis, who left the game in the top of the third after taking a line drive off of his knee, picked up his first loss of the season (1-1).
The series concludes Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Reese Smith Jr. Field as Trevor Petersen (1-0) takes the mound for the Bulldogs.
Notes: Louisiana Tech has used 12 different lineups through 12 games... Alex Williams’ two-run HR in the first inning of the first game gave him five home runs on the season, surpassing his 2011 total... Williams' home run in the first game and single in the first inning of the second game extended his hitting streak to 14 games... Williams’ two run home run in the top of the third inning in the second game of the doubleheader marked the second time this season that he has homered in both games of a doubleheader (2/19 vs. UTA)... Williams has now started in 79 consecutive games for the Bulldogs... Louisiana Tech scored in the first inning in four consecutive games... With his single in the third inning, shortstop Ryan Gebhardt has reached base in 41 consecutive games... Ryan Gebhardt and Alex Williams have started all 12 games for LA Tech.
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