Stefan's Gem Not Enough in 3-1 Loss to Creighton
March 14, 2012
RUSTON, La. – Redshirt junior Jeb Stefan held Creighton (9-6) to just five hits, but it wasn't enough as the Bulldogs fell 3-1 at Ameritrade Park Wednesday night.
Louisiana Tech (9-7) struggled on offense and defense as the Bulldogs grounded into four double plays and committed three errors against the Blue Jays.
Stefan (1-3) was credited with his third loss of the season after allowing three runs – all unearned – in a season-high 6.2 innings with five strikeouts. Brandon Koenigstein (1-3) picked up his first win of the season after pitching two scoreless innings in relief of starter Andrew Urban. Reese McGraw picked up his third save of the season after pitching a perfect ninth for the Blue Jays.
“Stefan and (Jamie) Gilley did a great job on the mound tonight,” said head coach Wade Simoneaux. “Creighton prides itself on defense and they played well tonight. We haven’t faced live pitching since last Wednesday and it showed offensively tonight.”
Jamie Gilley pitched a perfect 1.1 innings out of the bullpen for the Bulldogs, striking out two Blue Jay hitters.
Senior first baseman Alex Williams and catcher Tyler Qualls each went 1-for-3 from the plate as Williams scored the lone Bulldog run on a RBI-single by Qualls in the top of the fourth inning. Taylor Terrasas, returning to the starting lineup for the first since the Vanderbilt game (Feb. 29) and shortstop Ryan Gebhardt were 1-for-4 on Wednesday while pinch hitter Stephen Gandy picked up a single in his only at-bat.
The Bulldogs threatened to score a run in the first inning as Gebhardt singled and Williams reached on an error to bring up cleanup hitter Bre’shon Kimbell with runners on first and second with one out. Kimbell grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.
Kody Neel walked to begin the third inning and advanced to third base on a single by Terrasas to put runners at the corners with one out. Gebhardt grounded into a double play to end the threat as the Blue Jays held the Bulldogs scoreless through three.
Creighton took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning after scoring two runs on one hit and two errors.
Williams reached on a hit by pitch to lead off the top of the fourth inning and came around to score on a Qualls single to cut the Blue Jays’ lead to one, 2-1.
Creighton added one run in the fifth inning off of one hit and one error to take a 3-1 lead.
LA Tech continues its road trip as they travel to Lincoln, Neb. for a four-game series against Nebraska (12-6) beginning on Thursday, March 15. First pitch against the Cornhuskers is scheduled for 3:05 p.m.
Dave Nitz, the “Voice of the Bulldogs,” will call the action on the LA Tech Sports Network beginning at 2:35 p.m. with the pregame show. Live audio will also be available on LA Tech All-Access at LATechSports.com.
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