Baseball Falls Short in Pitcher's Duel
May 24, 2012
Mesa, Ariz. - Redshirt junior Jeb Stefan pitched 8.0 innings and senior first baseman Alex Williams hit his 12th home run of the season in the third inning but Louisiana Tech (24-27) fell to No. 3 Nevada (32-23) on a walk-off home run, 4-3, in game two of the WAC Tournament at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa late Wednesday.
Stefan allowed just five hits and three runs and struck out eight hitters in the no-decision while Williams extended his hitting streak to 16 games with his solo shot in Tech's ninth one-run loss of the season.
"Our guys played hard tonight," said head coach Wade Simoneaux. "Jeb pitched well tonight and has pitched well all season. Jeb is as good as any pitcher in this league."
Caleb Dudley (4-5) was charged with the loss after allowing the solo home run in the ninth inning while WAC Pitcher of the Year Braden Shipley (9-4) threw allowed three runs and struck out nine in the complete game.
Williams, center fielder Justin Gordey and catcher Tyler Qualls went 1-for-4 with one RBI apiece while third baseman Taylor Terrasas extended his reached base safely streak to 12 with a single in the first inning.
The Bulldogs struck first with an RBI single by Qualls in the first inning allowing shortstop Ryan Gebhardt to score from second base to give Tech a 1-0 lead. A one-out walk to Gebhardt and a single by Terrasas put runners on first and second base for the Bulldogs. Qualls plated Gebhardt on a single to right-center field to give Tech a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
After the Wolf Pack tied the game at 1 in the bottom of the second inning, Williams' 33rd career home run gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead in the third inning.
LA Tech added a run in the fourth on a two-out, RBI double by Gordey to take a two-run lead going into the middle innings. Austin Hedges singled to right field and scored on the extra base-hit by the senior center fielder.
The Wolf Pack rallied back to tie the game at 3-3 after scoring two runs on two hits in the sixth inning off of a two-run single by second baseman Joe Kohan.
Going into the final frame, Dudley inherited a 3-1 count on second team all-WAC catcher Carlos Escobar, Jr., replacing Stefan on the hill. Escobar hit his fifth home run to seal the victory for the Wolf Pack.
Tech heads to an elimination game tomorrow as the Bulldogs face the Warriors of Hawai'i at 1 p.m. CT at Hohokam Stadium. The voice of the Bulldogs Dave Nitz will call the action on the LA Tech Sports Network beginning with the pregame show at 12:45 p.m. CT.
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