April 10, 2012
RUSTON, La. – Sixteen pitchers stepped on the mound on Tuesday evening as the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (17-16) defeated the Lumberjacks of Stephen F. Austin (13-19), 9-5, on Tuesday evening at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
Ben Carlisle (1-0) picked up his first win of the season after pitching a scoreless fifth inning, striking out one hitter. Reid Landers (0-1) was credited with his first loss of the season after allowing two hits and two runs, allowing the Bulldogs to take a 5-3 lead in the fifth inning.
Nine pitchers saw action for Tech as Chris Sadberry, James Ferguson, Mitch Antony, Dakota Doss, Carlisle, Sam Alvis and Chase Hesson pitched 1.0 inning apiece. Benn Fairbanks also entered the game and was relieved by Trevor Petersen, who pitched two scoreless innings in the victory. Alvis struck out all three batters the southpaw faced as his ERA is now 4.15 on the year.
Taylor Burch hit his third home run of the season as the sophomore right fielder took the first pitch he saw from right-hander Justin Choate way past the left field fences to give the Bulldogs a then six-run cushion.
Bre’shon Kimbell went 3-for-4 from the plate with two RBI as the freshman is now hitting .315 on the year while Ryan Gebhardt and Stephen Gandy recorded two hits apiece. Gebhardt scored three runs while Gandy crossed home plate twice. Catcher Kyle Arnsberg was 1-for-3 with three RBI as the redshirt sophomore now has 12 RBI in 22 games.
Stephen F. Austin scored a run in the third inning and the Bulldogs answered back with two in the bottom frame to tie the game at 3-3. Gandy singled with one out in the inning and advanced to third on a two-base fielding error by third baseman Michael Ruiz. Alex Williams hit a long fly ball to left field to plate Gandy as Tech now trailed 3-2.
After a single by Kimbell to put runners on first and second, Austin Hedges walked to load the bases for Arnsberg. Arnsberg walked in a run to tie the game at 3-3 as Gebhardt came around to score.
After a leadoff walk by Williams to begin the bottom of the fifth, the senior moved to third base as Kimbell singled to give Tech two runners with no outs. Hedges walked to load the bases and Arnsberg hit a two-run single to opposite field to give the Bulldogs a 5-3 lead.
The Bulldogs added two runs for a four-run cushion in the sixth inning as Gandy walked with one out in the inning and moved to second base on a single by Gebhardt. Williams reached on an error, plating Gandy from second base and allowing Gebhardt to move to third base. Kimbell plated Gebhardt after a sacrifice fly as Tech now led 7-3 going into the late innings.
With pinch runner Corey White on first base, Burch took the first pitch from Choate into the left field apartments for his third home run of the season, giving the Bulldogs a 9-3 advantage. The Lumberjacks scored two runs in the top of the eighth to cut the lead to four but could not complete the comeback as Tech defeated SFA, 9-5, on Tuesday evening.
Tech returns to action on Friday, April 13 at 4:05 p.m. CT as the Bulldogs travel to Reno for a three-game set with conference foe Nevada. Fans can listen to Dave Nitz on the LA Tech Sports Network and can follow the game via Game Tracker.
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