Baseball Shutout in Fresno; Clinch Playoff Spot
May 19, 2012
Fresno, Calif. - With both teams clinching a Western Athletic Conference playoff spot hours before the game, both teams went to their respective bullpens early as Louisiana Tech (23-26, 6-11 WAC) fell to Fresno State (25-24, 8-9 WAC), 4-0, on Saturday evening at Pete Beiden Field.
Fresno State's bullpen went 7.0 scoreless innings while the Bulldogs bullpen struck out two hitters in 3.0 innings.
The Bulldogs had six leadoff hitters reach base safely but could not plate the runner as Tech was shut out for just the second time this season. The loss clinched the sixth spot in the WAC standings for the Bulldogs while Fresno State clinched fifth place.
Freshman Phil Maton (7-5) held the California Bulldogs scoreless through the first four innings and allowed just two base runners going into the fifth. The right-hander struck out three in five innings and allowed just one run on three hits in the loss. Saturday's game marked the fourth start that Maton has allowed just one earned run in 5.0 innings or more.
Reliever Gene Escat (2-0) picked up the victory as the right-hander pitched 4.0 scoreless innings, allowing just two base hits and two walks. Taylor Garrison was credited with his 10th save on the year after striking out the two batters he faced.
Taylor Terrasas led the offense as the leadoff hitter went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk to reach base safely in his 10th consecutive game. Alex Williams drew an intentional walk in the first inning to extend his reached base safely streak to 18 games and doubled in the ninth inning to extend his hitting streak to 13 games, tying a career-high.
LA Tech threatened to score the first run of the game in the fourth inning after Kyle Arnsberg and Bre'shon Kimbell singled and walked, respectively, to lead off the inning. After a fly out, Kimbell was called out at second base after stealing the bag with Arnsberg occupying it.
Fresno State scored one run in the bottom of the fifth inning and two runs in the sixth inning to take a 3-0 lead going into the later innings.
FS added a run in the seventh inning to take a four-run lead before the Bulldogs threatened to score in the top of the ninth inning.
Ryan Gebhardt led off the final frame with a walk and reached third base on a Williams double to right field. However, Fresno State struck out the final three hitters to clinch the series victory over Louisiana Tech.
The regular season finale is scheduled for a 3:05 p.m. CT start as Trevor Petersen (5-4) 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 2:50 p.m. CT.
Fans can also follow the games live via Game Tracker and follow @LATechKQueliz and @LATechBSB for in-game updates.
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Notes: Senior first baseman Alex Williams and sophomore shortstop Ryan Gebhardt have started all 49 games for the Bulldogs while Gebhardt has played every inning of every game... Williams has started 116 consecutive games dating back to last season... With his start, Williams has played in his 215th career game (started 211), third most by any Tech player in the program's history... With his leadoff double, third baseman Taylor Terrasas has begun the last three games reaching base safely... The double marked the 10th consecutive game that Terrasas has reached base safely in... With the intentional walk to Williams in the first inning, the senior first baseman has reached base safely in 19 consecutive games... The double in the ninth inning extended Williams' hitting streak to 12 games and was his 44th career double, the fifth most in Tech history... The Bulldogs had the leadoff batter reach base safely six times in the loss... Bre'shon Kimbell started in right field for the first time since Feb. 29 at Vanderbilt... Tyler Qualls was the designated hitter for the first time since March 17 at Nebraska.