Bulldogs Offense Explodes for 15 Runs and 16 Hits to Avoid Elimination for the Second Consecutive Game
May 25, 2012
Mesa, Ariz. - Taylor Terrasas went 3-for-5 from the plate with a home run, his third of the season, three runs scored and a career-high five RBI as No. 6 Louisiana Tech (26-27) eliminated No. 1 New Mexico State with a 15-12 victory on Friday morning at Hohokam Stadium.
The top four hitters in the Tech batting order went a combined 10-for-19 with 11 runs scored, 10 hits and eight RBI to lead the Bulldogs to its second consecutive victory.
Leadoff hitter Kyle Arnsberg also had a career day as the designated hitter went 3-for-5 from the plate with four runs scored and shortstop Ryan Gebhardt was 2-for-5 with two runs scored at the dish. Williams extended his hitting streak to 17 games as the senior first baseman went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. Catcher Tyler Qualls went 2-for-5 with two RBI and pinch hitter Corey White and Kody Neel combined to go 2-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBI from the six hole in the batting order.
The Bulldogs won consecutive WAC Tournament games for the first time in team history and have eliminated two teams from the postseason tournament (Hawai'i and New Mexico State).
Chris Sadberry (3-1) was credited with the win after going a career long 5.1 innings out of the bullpen and Adam Mott (6-3) was charged with the loss for the Aggies.
The Bulldogs took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first after Arnsberg led off the frame with a walk and Gebhardt singled and advanced to second on the throw to third base to give Tech runners in scoring position with no outs. Williams and Terrasas each hit sacrifice flies to plate Arnsberg and Gebhardt, respectively, to take a two-run lead.
However, the Aggies scored two runs in the second and two in the top of the third to take a 4-2 lead going into the bottom of the third.
Williams singled to begin the inning and Terrasas followed with a double to put the tying run on second base. With one out, Neel doubled to right-center field to plate both runners and tie the game at 4. A two-out double by Qualls gave the Bulldogs a 5-4 lead as Neel came around to score from second.
Tech added three runs in the fifth as Justin Gordey reached on a bunt single to advance Qualls, who reached on a fielder's choice. Arnsberg drove in Qualls on a single through the right side and Gordey came around to score on a sacrifice bunt by Gebhardt to give Tech a 7-4 lead. Williams grounded out to plate Arnsberg as the Bulldogs took a four-run lead after five innings.
The Bulldogs exploded for five runs in the seventh highlighted by a two-run single by Terrasas as Tech took a 13-4 lead going into the eighth inning. White, Hedges and Qualls also recorded RBI singles in the inning.
The Aggies scored two in the top of the eighth before Terrasas hit a two-run shot to left-center field in the bottom frame as Tech led 15-6 going into the final inning.
NMSU scored six runs in the top frame and had the tying run at the plate before Sam Alvis got Zac Fisher to ground out for the final out of the game.
Tech is currently in action with Nevada in another elimination game as the Bulldogs look to avoid elimination for the third consecutive time.