May 22, 2011
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Louisiana Tech hit back-to-back home runs for the first time in over a year while Josh Barrett and Will Alvis shut out the Hornets in five innings of relief pitching as Louisiana Tech defeated Sacramento State, 8-3, in the regular season finale for both teams at John Smith Field in Sacramento Sunday.
Mark Threlkeld and Alex Williams hit back-to-back home runs in the top of the seventh as a part of a three-run inning that allowed Tech to pull away from the Hornets in a close game. Threlkeld was 2-for-5 on the day with a run scored and 2 RBI while the follow-up blast by Williams was his only hit in five at bats.
Ryan Gebhardt added to the Tech offense with a 2-for-4 performance with a run scored and two RBI.
Blake Miller led Sacramento with a pair of solo home runs in a 2-for-4 performance and was the only Hornets player to record multiple hits on the day.
Kyle Roliard (1-2) was credited with the win after allowing three runs on three hits while walking two and striking out six in 4.0 innings of work in a predetermined split. Josh Barrett and Will Alvis finished the game, holding Sacramento State to no runs on two hits and striking out five over the final five innings. Hunter Greenwood (0-3) was charged with the loss after allowing four runs on six hits in four innings of work.
After Miller hit his first home run in the first, Louisiana Tech responded with four runs in the second inning that included an RBI single by Gebhardt that extended his hitting streak to 13 games and was followed by an RBI single up the middle by Colby Johnson that scored two more runs. Tech's fourth run of the inning came as Gebhardt scampered home on an attempted double steal where Johnson was caught in a rundown and tagged out.
Gebhardt drove in another run in the sixth on a single to left field as Corey White had advanced to third on a throwing error by the Hornets and scored.
Three more runs came across in the seventh as Threlkeld blasted a two-run shot over the left center field fence after Will Alvis reached on a double. Williams followed that with a solo home run down the right field line.
With the win and Nevada's 8-5 win over San Jose State, Tech finishes the year with a 12-12 mark in WAC play and is expected to be the No. 3 seed in the WAC Tournament in Mesa, Ariz. The Bulldogs should face No. 6 New Mexico State on Wednesday, May 25 at 9 p.m. CT. The Western Athletic Conference is expected to officially announce the tournament pairings late Sunday or on Monday.
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