Dudley Sets All-Time Saves Record as Louisiana Tech Defeats Grambling State, 4-1


 

 

April 4, 2012

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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.


 

 

Tech took a quick 2-0 lead after left fielder Alvis began the bottom of the first with a double. After moving to third base on a fly out by Ryan Gebhardt, Alvis scored on an RBI single by Hedges giving the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead. Hedges reached third base on a two-base error by center fielder Kevin Minter and scored on an RBI groundout by Williams as Tech took a 2-0 lead.

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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