Walk-Off Home Run Stuns Baseball
April 20, 2012
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Louisiana Tech dropped its fifth one-run game in Western Athletic Conference Play as New Mexico State (29-11, 6-2 WAC) stunned Louisiana Tech (17-20, 1-7 WAC) with a walk-off 4-3 victory Friday night at Presley Askew Field.
Freshman Bre'shon Kimbell's three-run shot gave the Bulldogs a 3-0 advantage in the top of the sixth inning.
Phil Maton (5-4) did not receive a decision after throwing a season-high 114 pitches while holding the Aggies scoreless over 6.0 innings. Caleb Dudley (4-2) was charged with the loss, allowing his second walk-off hit in as many games while New Mexico State's Robert Roher (1-0) was the beneficiary of the walk-off home run after a hitless 0.1 innings pitched, claiming his first win of the season.
Alex Williams reached base safely in all four of his plate appearances as the senior went 2-for-2 from the plate with one double and two walks. New Mexico State pitched around Williams and intentionally walked the first baseman in the sixth inning to pitch to Kimbell.
After a leadoff walk to Sam Alvis and an intentional walk to Williams, Kimbell hit a long three-run home run to give the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead. The home run was Kimbell's second of the season and the three RBI were the most the freshman has recorded in a game.
New Mexico State scored its first run of the game in the bottom of the seventh on a solo shot by third baseman Robert Lecount to cut Tech's lead to 3-1.
With the tying runs in scoring position to begin the eighth inning, the Aggies scored one run on a single by Zach Voight but what would have been the tying run was thrown out at home by right fielder Taylor Burch to preserve a one-run lead for the Bulldogs.
The Aggies rallied back in the ninth inning and scored two runs on a walk-off, two-run home run by Bryan Karraker to clinch the series.
The series finale is scheduled for tomorrow at 12 p.m. CT. as Trevor Petersen (2-3) takes the hill for the Bulldogs.
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Notes: Bre'shon Kimbell's three-run home run was the second home run of the season for the designated hitter... Kimbell recorded a career high three RBI as his three-run shot gave the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead... Phil Maton pitched six shutout innings and allowed just four hits while throwing a career-high 114 pitches... Taylor Burch recorded two outfield assists throwing a runner out at first for a double play and throwing what would have been the game tying run out at home in the eighth inning... Alex Williams and Ryan Gebhardt have started all 38 games while Gebhardt has played every inning of every game... Williams has started 105 consecutive games dating back to last season... With his start tonight, Williams tied Daniel Robinson for sixth all-time in Tech history with 204 games played... Williams went 2-for-2 from the plate with one double and walked twice as the senior reached base in all four plate appearances... Caleb Dudley is third all-time in Tech history with 76 appearances in his Bulldog career... Sam Alvis' leadoff single to begin the game marked the fourth consecutive game that Tech began a contest with a base hit and the third straight game for Alvis... LA Tech began the first four innings with singles for the first time this season.