Freshmen Lead Baseball to Victory
April 27, 2012
RUSTON - Freshmen Bre'shon Kimbell hit a three run home run and drove in four and Phil Maton pitched struck out seven hitters in seven innings as Louisiana Tech (19-23, 2-9 WAC) defeated Hawai'i (25-17, 5-3 WAC) in Western Athletic Conference play on Friday night at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
Kimbell went 1-for-4 with a career-high four RBI as the freshman hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the first to give the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead. Maton (6-4) allowed just six hits and four runs - three earned - and struck out seven for his sixth victory and first win since March 27 (vs. Northwestern State).
Jamie Gilley entered the game with the bases loaded and no outs in the top of the eighth inning as Tech led 7-4 and struck out the first two batters he faced before retiring third baseman Collin Bennett to strand all three runners. Gilley went on to pitch a perfect ninth and went 2.0 innings, striking out two without allowing a hitter to reach first base to pick up his first save on the year.
"Gilley and Maton did an outstanding job tonight and they've been doing that all season for us," said head coach Wade Simoneaux. "We took care of today and we have to take care of tomorrow. We can't continue to put pressure on ourselves."
Jarrett Arakawa (5-4) was charged with his fourth loss of the season after allowing seven runs - six earned - on seven hits in 3.2 innings.
Ryan Gebhardt went 2-for-3 with two singles and a walk to raise his batting average to .324 through 42 games. The sophomore shortstop recorded his 19th multi-hit game and added two runs and an RBI. Alex Williams went 2-for-5 with one run and Justin Gordey was 2-for-4 at the dish with two runs.
Catcher Kyle Arnsberg reached base twice and scored twice with a single and a walk and third baseman and leadoff hitter Taylor Terrasas was 1-for-4 with a run and two RBI.
Tech took a 3-0 lead on a long ball off the bat off Kimbell as the designated hitter recorded his fourth home run on the year, second on the team to Williams' 10.
The Rainbows cut Tech's lead to one as center fielder Breland Almadova hit a two-run home run to left field.
The Bulldogs added a run in the third inning as Terrasas led off the inning with a hit by pitch and Gebhardt and Williams followed with singles to load the bases for Kimbell. The cleanup hitter plated Terrasas on a sacrifice fly for his fourth RBI of the game.
Tech added three runs in the fourth off of four hits as Arnsberg and Gordey hit back-to-back singles to begin the bottom frame. After advancing to third on a throwing error, Arnsberg scored on a squeeze bunt by Gebhardt. With two outs in the inning, Austin Hedges plated Gordey and Gebhardt on a base hit and a throwing error by Bennett to give Tech a 7-2 lead.
Hawai'i scored a run in the sixth to cut the lead to four and then added a run in the eighth inning. Gilley entered the game with the bases loaded and no outs in the eighth and struck out the first two batters he faced. He then got Bennett to fly out to right field as Hawai'i left the bases full as Tech led 7-4 after 7.5 innings.
The Bulldogs added two runs in the eighth as Arnsberg walked and advanced to second base on a passed ball to lead off the bottom frame. Gordey followed with a single and stole his first base of the season to give Tech runners in scoring position with no outs. Terrasas drove both runners in on a two-run single to give the Bulldogs a 9-4 lead.
Gilley pitched a perfect ninth to shut the door and earned his first save as a Bulldog, giving LA Tech its second conference victory.
Trevor Petersen (3-4) takes the hill in the series finale for the Bulldogs as first pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. tomorrow.
Fans can follow the game via Game Tracker and listen to Dave Nitz on the LA Tech Sports Network beginning with the pregame show at 2:45 p.m.
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