Hedges' Solo Shot the Game Winner as Louisiana Tech Defeated Grambling State, 10-9
March 28, 2012
RUSTON, La. - Second baseman Austin Hedges followed a 3-for-4 performance by hitting the game winning home run for Louisiana Tech as the Bulldogs overcame a four-run deficit and defeated Grambling State (13-9), 10-9, at Wilbert Ellis Park on Wednesday night.
Hedges led off the ninth inning with his second home run of the season to give the Bulldogs a 10-9 lead going into the final frame. The redshirt junior was 2-for-5 at the dish with two RBI as the Bulldogs moved to 13-12 on the season.
"I thought our guys fought hard," said head coach Wade Simoneaux. "We were down 4-0 and we overcame a lot tonight. We faced a much improved Grambling State team that plays good defense and runs the ball well."
Caleb Dudley (3-0) picked up his third win of the season after pitching 2.2 innings in relief, striking out two. Zach Moreau (1-1) was credited with his first loss of the season after allowing the home run to Hedges.
Ryan Gebhardt went 3-for-5 from the plate with two runs scored and one RBI while leadoff hitter Sam Alvis was 2-for-3 at the dish with two runs scored. Alex Williams and Bre'shon Kimbell picked up two RBI apiece as the third and fourth hitters, respectively, both doubled in the victory. Williams also scored two runs while pinch hitter Tyler Qualls went 2-for-3 from the plate with one run scored.
After the Tigers took an early 4-0 lead off of three hits in the second inning, Tech scored three runs in the top of the third to cut its deficit to 4-3. Catcher Chase Hesson and Sam Alvis walked to give the Bulldogs runners on first and second with one out. After both runners advanced 90 feet on a wild pitch, Gebhardt reached on a fielder's choice while Hesson was tagged out at home trying to score for the second out of the inning.
Williams doubled to right-center field driving in two runners and Kimbell followed with an RBI-double of his own to give Tech three runs in the inning as the Bulldogs looked to erase a four run deficit.
Tech led off the fifth inning with a walk by Beau Bayliss and a single by Alvis as Tech looked to tie the game. Gebhardt followed with an RBI-single tying the game at 4-4. After Williams was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Kimbell drove Alvis home with an RBI ground out to give Tech a 5-4 lead.
The Tigers scored two runs in the bottom frame to take a 6-5 lead going into the late innings.
After a single by Gebhardt and a walk by Williams in the top of the seventh inning, Kimbell hit into a ground out but moved the tying run 90 feet away from home and the go-ahead run in scoring position. Gebhardt scored on a wild pitch, allowing Williams to take third base as Tech tied the game at 6-6. Hedges hit an RBI-single to drive in Williams and give the Bulldogs a 7-6 lead.
Grambling tied the game at 7-7 in the bottom of the seventh on a suicide squeeze by Brain Knuckles.
Qualls began the eighth inning with a leadoff double as the Bulldogs looked to take their third lead of the game. After advancing to third base on a failed pickoff attempt by Armando Manrrique, Qualls came around to score on an RBI-single by Bayliss to give Tech a 8-7 lead. Alvis walked to move Bayliss into scoring position with no outs in the inning.
After moving to third base on a fielder's choice by Williams, Bayliss stole home as Tech added a run to take a 9-7 advantage.
Grambling tied the game once again after scoring two runs in the bottom frame after a diving attempt by left fielder Stephen Gandy.
After Moreau entered the game for the Tigers, Hedges hit a leadoff home run to give Tech a 10-9 lead going into the final frame.
Dudley pitched a scoreless ninth as Tech defeated Grambling 10-9 for its 15th consecutive victory against the Tigers.
The Bulldogs return to action on Friday for game one of a three-game set with 2011 Summit League Champions, Oral Roberts (10-13).
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