Hornets Power Past Louisiana Tech, Win Series
April 8, 2012
RUSTON, La. - Alex Williams and Sam Alvis hit a solo home run apiece as Louisiana Tech (16-16, 1-2 WAC) fell to Sacramento State (16-16, 2-1 WAC), 11-6, on Sunday afternoon at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
Jamie Gilley (1-3) picked up his third loss of the season after allowing seven runs - four earned - in 2.2 innings. Dallas Chadwick (2-0) picked up his second win on the year after pitching 3.1 innings in relief, allowing two hits and one run while striking out five.
Williams was 1-for-4 with his lone hit being his Western Athletic Conference leading ninth home run of the year in the bottom of the sixth inning. Alvis was 2-for-5 at the dish with two runs scored as the leadoff hitter recorded his first career home run on the first pitch of the game for starter Ty Nichols. Ryan Gebhardt was 2-for-4 with two RBI and Beau Bayliss reached base in all four plate appearances as the third baseman walked once and recorded three singles.
Rhys Hoskins' hit his seventh and eighth home runs in the victory and trails only Williams for the league lead in the category. The Hornets compiled 17 hits as every starter recorded a base hit.
After Sacramento St. took a quick 2-0 lead to begin the game, Alvis led off the bottom of the frame with a home run to straight away center field on the first pitch as Tech cut its deficit to one. Gebhardt walked and advanced to second on a balk, giving Tech a runner in scoring position with no outs. Gebhardt moved to third base on a ground out by Williams and scored on a sacrifice fly by second baseman Austin Hedges, tying the game at 2-2.
Tech took a 3-2 lead in the second inning after left fielder Kody Neel and Bayliss led off the inning with a single and walk, respectively. After advancing to third on a fly out by Alvis, Neel came around to score on an RBI single by Gebhardt to give the Bulldogs a one-run lead.
Sacramento St. took a 9-3 lead after scoring five runs in the third off of four hits and one error and two runs in the fourth on back-to-back home runs by Hoskins and Clay Cederquist.
Tech plated two in the bottom of the fourth to cut the Hornets' lead to 9-5 after three consecutive singles by Bayliss, Alvis and Gebhardt. Bayliss came around to score from second base on an RBI single by Gebhardt for Tech's fourth run of the game and Alvis scored on a fielding error by third baseman Will Soto.
The Bulldogs added another run in the sixth on Williams' solo shot as the first baseman hit his 31st career home run to straight away center field to trail 9-6 going into the late innings.
The Hornets added two runs in the final two innings to take the game and the series as Sacramento State defeated the Bulldogs, 11-6, on Easter Sunday.
Tech returns to action on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park as Chris Sadberry (2-1) takes the hill against Stephen F. Austin. Fans can listen to Patrick Walsh on LA Tech All-Access and can follow the game via Game Tracker.
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Notes: Louisiana Tech lost a series vs. Sacramento State for the first time since 2008... Sam Alvis' leadoff home run was the first of his career... Alvis' solo shot was the third leadoff home run of the season for the Bulldogs and the second hit on the first pitch... Alex Williams hit his WAC leading ninth home run of the year in the bottom of the sixth inning... Trevor Petersen made his first relief appearance since May 25 of last season... Jamie Gilley's 2.2 innings was the shortest start of the season for the redshirt junior... Beau Bayliss recorded his second consecutive multi-hit game for the first time in his career... Williams and Ryan Gebhardt have started all 32 games while Gebhardt has played every inning of every game... Williams has started 99 consecutive games dating back to last season... Caleb Dudley played left field for the first time in his career... Dudley made his first career putout in left field for the second out in the eighth inning.
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