May 4, 2012
RUSTON, La. - Junior second baseman Austin Hedges was hit-by-a-pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to bring home the winning run as Louisiana Tech defeated San Jose State, 4-3, on Friday night at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
The victory improved the Bulldogs to 21-23 and 4-9 in Western Athletic Conference play while the Spartans fall to 21-20 and 5-5 in conference.
Junior Jamie Gilley (2-4) picked up his second win of the season as he went two perfect innings in relief and stuck three batters. Kalei Contrades (1-2) allowed the winning run and was charged with the loss after striking out three in 1.2 innings. Jeb Stefan struck out eight in 7.0 innings for the no-decision as the junior lowered his ERA to 4.58.
"Jeb is as good as any pitcher in this conference," said head coach Wade Simoneaux. "He's a guy I'd pick first out of anybody in this conference and Gilley pitched great out of the bullpen."
Leadoff hitter Taylor Terrasas went 1-for-2 with two RBI as his two-run single in the sixth inning gave the Bulldogs a 3-2 lead going into the later innings. Shortstop Ryan Gebhardt reached base safely four times as the sophomore picked up three hits and a walk. Gebhardt also recorded his 12th double on the year to raise his team-leading batting average to .349. Alex Williams went 1-for-2 with three walks while pinch hitter Kyle Arnsberg singled in his lone plate appearance.
Sam Alvis reached on a throwing error by the shortstop in the sixth inning and advanced to second base on a walk by Tyler Qualls. After Kody Neel advanced both runners into scoring position, Terrasas singled up the middle to drive in Alvis and Qualls and give the Bulldogs a 3-2 lead.
After the Spartans tied the game at 3-3 on a solo shot in the seventh, Gilley entered the game for Tech to begin the eighth inning. Gilley did not allow a hitter to reach first base as he faced six hitters in 2.0 innings.
Gebhardt doubled down the left field line to begin the ninth and after an intentional walk to Williams, Arnsberg singled through the right side to load the bases for the Bulldogs. Hedges was then hit by a pitch allowing Gebhardt to score from third as Tech defeated the Spartans, 4-3, in game one of a three-game set.
Game two is set for a 3 p.m. start on Saturday as freshman Phil Maton (6-4) takes the hill for the Bulldogs. Fans can follow the game via Game Tracker and listen to Dave Nitz on KXKZ 107.5, beginning with the pregame show at 2:45 p.m.
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Notes: Alex Williams and Ryan Gebhardt have started all 44 games while Gebhardt has played every inning of every game... Gebhardt recorded three hits for his 21st multi-hit game this year and eighth three-hit performance... Williams has started 111 consecutive games dating back to last season... Williams single gave him his 236th hit of his Bulldog career... Williams singled to record his 14th consecutive reached base streak... Taylor Terrasas picked up his fourth multi RBI game on the year with his two-run single in the sixth... Austin Hedges singled to record his 13th consecutive reached base streak... Jamie Gilley picked up his first win since March 3rd at Middle Tennessee... The win was Gilley's first win as a reliever this season... Jeb Stefan recorded his fourth consecutive quality start by striking out eight in 7.0 innings... The victory was Tech's third consecutive victory for the first time since April 1st-6th against Oral Roberts, Grambling State and Sacramento State, respectively... The win was Tech's first one-run conference victory this season and its first last at-bat victory in conference (second of the year)... The three-game conference winning streak was the first such streak since April 29-30 of last season (vs. Nevada)...