Louisiana Tech Falls to No. 17 Arkansas in Extra Innings, 6-5
May 15, 2012
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Two years after falling to Arkansas in extra innings in North Little Rock it was a repeat nightmare for Louisiana Tech as the Bulldogs fell to No. 17 Arkansas, 6-5, in 10 innings in front of a sellout crowd of 10,512 at Dickey-Stephens Park Tuesday night.
The game was similar to the 2010 meeting between the two teams in the same ballpark when Arkansas nabbed a 5-4, 10-inning win over Louisiana Tech.
The Bulldogs (23-24) tallied 14 strikeouts among eight pitchers to take the mound in the game. Caleb Dudley (4-4) was charged with the loss after giving up a single to Matt Reynolds, who eventually scored the winning run. Dudley walked three and struck out one in two innings on the mound. Barrett Astin (3-5) was credited with the win for the Razorbacks (36-17).
Tech struggled to stop Reynolds all night as the Arkansas third baseman was 4-for-5 with three RBI and three runs scored and a walk. Reynolds had stolen third base when Kyle Arnsberg’s throw went wild and into left field, allowing Reynolds to score the winning run.
Louisiana Tech is now 8-8 in one-run games this year but the Bulldogs have lost seven of the last eight of those.
Taylor Terrasas led Tech with a 2-for-4 outing with two runs scored, a walk and an RBI as the first four batters went 6-for-16 from the plate with four walks but the other eight Bulldogs to step into the batter’s box went a combined 1-for-20 with one walk in the game.
The Bulldog defense was impressive most of the night, forcing Arkansas to strand 15 runners on base including three innings where the Hogs left the bases loaded. Tech’s defense was highlighted by a Sam Alvis catch in right field where he quickly threw to Alex Williams at first base for a double play.
Louisiana Tech got off to an early 2-0 lead as Terrasas led off the game with a single to left and then moved to third as Ryan Gebhardt doubled down the left field line. Williams’ single – which extended his hitting streak to 11 games - scored Terrasas and Gebhardt crossed the plate one batter later as Bre’shon Kimbell hit into a run-scoring double play.
Arkansas took the lead in the bottom of the first as the Razorbacks’ first three batters reached on a single sandwiched in between a pair of doubles, the second of which by Reynolds scored two runs. Reynolds himself would eventually score three batters later on an RBI single by Bo Bigham.
Tech would regain the lead in the top of the third as Justin Gordey and Terrasas led off with a pair of walks and Kimbell drove them both in with a two-run ground-rule double that landed in fair territory before bouncing into the stands past the first base dugout.
Reynolds’ solo home run in the fifth inning tied the game at 4-4 and the Hogs retook the lead in the sixth inning as Dominic Ficociello’s sacrifice fly to left field scored Matt Vinson. The home run by Reynolds ended a streak of 11.1 consecutive scoreless innings pitched by Gilley, who allowed only the one run on two hits in two full innings on the mound.
The Bulldogs tied the game one final time in the seventh as Gordey reached on a fielder’s choice bunt to the mound. On the next pitch, he stole second and then moved to third on a throwing error by Ficociello on a failed pickoff attempt move all in the same play.
Arkansas threatened in the eighth as the Hogs had bases loaded before Dudley forced Bigham into an easy groundout to short. The Razorbacks threatened again in the ninth with runners on first and second but Tim Carver flew out to Alvis and right and Alvis doubled up Jimmy Bosco at first base. Arkansas would eventually score in the bottom of the 10th for the win.
Tech returns to action Friday in its final regular season series with a three-game set at Fresno State that will determine if either Bulldog team will qualify for the 2012 Western Athletic Conference Tournament. All three games in the series will be broadcast on the Louisiana Tech Sports Network with Dave Nitz calling the action.
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