March 18, 2012
RUSTON, La. – Taylor Burch’s line drive home run in the top of the fifth inning was the eventual game-winner for Louisiana Tech as the Bulldogs defeated Nebraska, 6-5, on Sunday at Hawks Field to take the final game of the series.
Tied at 5-5 with two outs, Burch hit a 1-1 fastball down the left field line for his second home run of the season to give the Bulldogs a 6-5 lead.
“Burch is a talented outfielder who has a tremendous arm and can swing the bat.” said head coach Wade Simoneaux. “Our guys deserve this win. It’s good to see the fight that they’ve got.”
Caleb Dudley (2-0) picked up his second win of the season after pitching a season-high 4.1 innings in relief of Chris Sadberry, allowing six hits and two runs while striking out one. Jeb Stefan picked up his first career save as the redshirt junior struck out one in 1.2 innings of work. Luke Bublitz (0-1) picked up his first loss of 2012 as the right-hander allowed two runs and three hits in two innings.
Burch went 2-for-3 from the plate with a single and home run while picking up his first stolen base of the season. Gebhardt was 3-for-4 with one double, two singles, one RBI and one walk to reach base safely four times on Sunday. Gebhardt ended the Nebraska series leading the Western Athletic Conference with a .430 batting average and 37 hits.
Kimbell tied his career-high with three hits as the freshman scored two runs and swiped his second bag of the season. Kimbell also drove in a run as the designated hitter leads all Tech hitters with a .493 on-base percentage this season. Alvis scored twice on a 2-for-3 day at the dish while also picking up his first career sacrifice hit.
The Bulldogs got off to a quick start as Alvis and Gebhardt hit back-to-back singles, giving Tech runners at the corners with no outs. Alvis scored on a wild pitch, moving Gebhardt to second base to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead. Gebhardt advanced to third on a fly out by first baseman Alex Williams and scored two pitches later on a RBI-single by Kimbell to give Tech a 2-0 advantage.
After a walk by Hedges, Qualls singled through the left side, scoring Kimbell as the Bulldogs took a 3-0 lead in the first.
Tech took a 4-0 lead in the second inning after an RBI-double by Gebhardt plated Alvis.
Nebraska scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning on three hits to take a 5-4 lead.
Down one, Kimbell doubled down the left field line to lead off the top of the fifth as Tech looked to tie the game at 5-5. After advancing to third on a groundout, Kimbell scored on a sacrifice fly by Qualls, tying the game. Burch followed with a line drive home run down the left field line as the Bulldogs rallied back to take a 6-5 lead going into the bottom frame.
Dudley settled in after his first inning as he and Stefan combined to hold the Cornhuskers scoreless throughout the final five innings as the Bulldogs ended a four-game skid and defeated Nebraska, 6-5.
After taking Monday off, LA Tech returns to Ruston and plays five games in five days beginning on Tuesday, March 20. Freshman Phil Maton (3-1) takes the hill against UALR at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.
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