May 18, 2012
Fresno, Calif. – A seven-run seventh inning was too much to overcome as Fresno State (24-24, 7-9 WAC) defeated Louisiana Tech (23-25, 6-10 WAC), 12-2, in a run-ruled decision on Friday evening at Pete Beiden Field.
The loss ended a five-game win streak against Western Athletic Conference opponents for the Bulldogs.
Reliever Cody Kendall (4-2) picked up his fourth win of the season after allowing two runs – both unearned – and striking out seven in 7.0 innings. Jeb Stefan (2-7) was charged with the loss after allowing seven runs in 6.0 innings.
Senior Alex Williams went 1-for-3 from the plate with a double and two RBI as the first baseman’s two-run double in the third inning extended his hitting streak to 12 games.
Taylor Terrasas led off the game with a four-pitch walk off of left-hander Tyler Linehan before the southpaw was taken out of the game with a back injury.
After a leadoff double by left fielder Stephen Gandy, the California Bulldogs recorded two outs on two pitches by Kendall before shortstop Ryan Gebhardt reached first base on a throwing error by Patrick Hutcheson. Williams then hit a double to the left center field gap allowing Gandy and Gebhardt to score and to give Tech a 2-0 lead.
Fresno State scored one run on a solo home run by third baseman Jake Alvarez in the third inning to cut Tech’s lead to one. FS added four runs in the middle innings off of RBI doubles by Patrick Hutcheson and Jordan Luplow and RBI singles by Kenneth Wise and Alvarez.
Game two of the three-game set is scheduled for an 8:05 p.m. CT start as freshman right-hander Phil Maton (7-4) takes the hill for the Bulldogs. Fans can listen to hall of famer Dave Nitz on the LA Tech Sports Network beginning with the pregame show at 7:45 p.m. CT.
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Notes: The 12-2 loss ended a five-game conference win streak for Louisiana Tech… Senior first baseman Alex Williams and sophomore shortstop Ryan Gebhardt have started all 48 games for the Bulldogs while Gebhardt has played every inning of every game… Williams has started 115 consecutive games dating back to last season… With his start, Williams has played in his 214th career game (started 210), third most by any Tech player in the program’s history… With his two-run double in the third inning, Williams extended his hitting streak to 12 games and reached base safely in 18 consecutive games… The 12-game hit streak ties a season-high for the first baseman… The two RBI double moved Williams to third in Tech history in hits (241) and tied him in RBI and doubles with 171 and 43, respectively… The two runs in the third marked the fourth consecutive game that the Bulldogs score a run in the inning… Sam Alvis batted fifth in the Tech batting order for the first time in his Bulldog career.