Tech Opens on the Road with 6-2 Win over Spartans
April 5, 2013
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Louisiana Tech scored multiple runs in both the second and eighth innings to propel the Bulldogs to a 6-2 victory over San Jose State in conference play Friday night at Municipal Stadium in San Jose, Calif.
Tech (12-19, 2-5 WAC) totaled 14 hits on the night, which ties a season-high for the Bulldogs offensively. Five different Bulldog hitters recorded multiple-hit nights in the win over San Jose State (9-21, 3-4 WAC), while seven of Tech's starters had at least one hit on the night.
"Our guys really stepped up offensively and we needed to," head coach Wade Simoneaux said. "We have to fight to win the series tomorrow. These guys like each other and work hard for each other, and I really think we can turn this thing around for the better soon."
Sophomore Phil Maton (5-2) picked up his fifth win of the season after allowing two runs - both earned - off five hits in his first complete game of his collegiate career. The right hander struck out four Spartan batters and walked two.
Left hander David Wayne Russo (3-4) was charged with the loss after giving up six runs - all earned - off 13 hits in eight innings of work. Jason Kafka came on in relief to start the ninth for the Spartans and gave up one hit with a walk.
The Bulldogs got things started early when Ryan Gebhardt led off the first inning with a double to right field, followed by a bunt single by Tyler Qualls. A 5-4-3 double play ball by Jacob Derouen scored Gebhardt from third to give Tech a 1-0 lead.
Tech added two runs in the second off a two-run home run by left fielder Sam Alvis, his third long ball of the season. The 'Dogs picked back up in the fourth off an RBI-single up the middle by Tyler Ervine to score Taylor Terrasas from third and give Tech a 4-0 advantage.
The Spartans got on the board in the bottom half of the seventh when right fielder Nick Schulz singled to left field to plate Jacob Valdez, who doubled down the left field line earlier in the inning. San Jose State added its second and final run in the eighth off a sacrifice fly by shortstop Ricky Acosta to score Kalei Contrades.
In the top of the eighth, Tech added two insurance runs off a 2-RBI single to center field by Ervine to score pinch runner Colby Johnson and Terrasas and give Tech a 6-2 lead over the Spartans.
For the Bulldogs offensively, Gebhardt and Terrasas each recorded three hits apiece in the win over San Jose State, while Qualls, Ervine and Bre'shon Kimbell had two hits each. Ervine had a season-high three RBI on the night.
Valdez led the Spartans at the plate with a 2-for-3 effort on the night with a run scored. Acosta, Contrades and Schulz each had one hit on the night for San Jose State.
The series between Tech and the Spartans resumes at 3 p.m. CT tomorrow at Municipal Stadium in San Jose, Calif.
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