April 4, 2012
RUSTON, La. - Caleb Dudley threw seven pitches for his 19th career save as the right hander set the all-time saves record at Louisiana Tech (15-14) in a 4-1 victory over Grambling State (14-12) Wednesday evening at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
Dudley picked up his fifth save of the season and took sole possession of first place in Tech history ending a tie with Buddy Aulds.
"It felt like a long time coming," said closer Caleb Dudley. "It feels good to finally get it but I just wanted to get a win tonight."
"It's a good feeling going to a guy like (Caleb) late in the game because he is very consistent," said head coach Wade Simoneaux. "He is a guy that can enter the game in the sixth or seventh inning and get multiple innings for you."
Trevor Petersen (2-3) picked up his second win of the season after throwing three innings of one-run ball, striking out two. Zach Moreau (1-3) was credited with his third loss of the season after allowing four runs - three earned - in 5.1 innings. Chris Sadberry pitched 4.2 innings out of the bullpen for the Bulldogs, striking out five and allowing just one hit.
Austin Hedges went 2-for-4 from the plate with one RBI and one run scored while Justin Gordey was 2-for-4 at the dish with a double and an RBI. Kyle Arnsberg reached base three times as the designated hitter went 1-for-1 from the plate with two walks and picked up his third sacrifice bunt of the season. Sam Alvis recorded his fifth double of the year as the sophomore outfielder went 1-for-3 with a run scored from the plate.
Grambling State cut Tech's lead to one after scoring one run in the third inning off of two hits.
Bre'shon Kimbell led off the fourth inning with a walk and advanced to second on a ground out by Tyler Qualls. Gordey then doubled to left center as Kimbell came around to score from second, giving the Bulldogs a 3-1 lead. The Bulldogs added another run in the inning to take a 4-1 lead as Arnsberg doubled to left field, plating Gordey.
LA Tech begins conference play on Friday, April 6 at 6 p.m. as the Bulldogs host Sacramento State for a three-game series. Jeb Stefan (1-5) gets the call for Tech while Tanner Mendonca (3-2) gets the start for the Hornets.
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