April 28, 2012
RUSTON - Ryan Gebhardt went 3-for-5 from the plate and the Bulldog pitching staff allowed just one run as Louisiana Tech (20-23, 3-9 WAC) defeated Hawai'i (25-18, 5-4 WAC), 4-1, on Saturday afternoon at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
Gebhardt's three singles raised his batting average to .331 and pinch hitter Kody Neel recorded an RBI double in his lone at-bat to give Tech a 3-1 lead in the eighth inning. Justin Gordey went 1-for-2 with one RBI and one run as the senior center fielder plated pinch runner Taylor Burch on a two strike squeeze bunt to give Tech a 4-1 lead. Alex Williams hit an RBI double in the fifth inning to give Tech a one-run lead and never looked back.
Trevor Petersen (4-4) recorded his fourth win as the junior right-hander threw 5.1 innings and allowed just one run while striking out two. Scott Squier (3-3) was charged with his third loss on the year after allowing two runs on five in 4.2 innings. Caleb Dudley picked up his seventh save on the year and tied the Tech career appearances record (78) after pitching a scoreless ninth.
"Trevor gave us five good innings," said head coach Wade Simoneaux. "He really boasted this team. We needed this weekend and now we have to take care of next weekend."
Tech got off to a quick 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first as leadoff hitter Taylor Terrasas walked and Gebhardt singled to give Tech runners on first and second to begin the frame. With two outs, second baseman Austin Hedges singled to load the bases and left fielder Stephen Gandy singled in Terrasas for the first run of the game.
Jamie Gilley entered the game for Tech in the sixth inning and struck out three hitters in 2.2 innings.
The Bulldogs added two runs in the bottom of the eighth as Neel and Gordey recorded one RBI apiece. Tech had all nine hitters reach the plate in the inning as the Bulldogs took a three-run lead going into the ninth.
Dudley entered the game looking for his first save since April 6 (vs. Sacramento State). Dudley shut the door on the Rainbows as Tech recorded its first series victory since February 24-26 (vs. McNeese State).
The Bulldogs have a week off before returning to action on Friday, April 4 as Tech hosts San Jose State for a three-game series.
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