May 25, 2012
Mesa, Ariz. – Facing elimination for the third time, Bre’shon Kimbell was perfect from the plate as Louisiana Tech run ruled Nevada, 18-5, and eliminated the third team from the WAC Tournament in the second game the Bulldogs played on Friday at Hohokam Stadium.
Kimbell was 4-for-4 at the dish with two runs scored and five RBI, setting career-highs for the freshman as the right fielder led off the third inning with his sixth home run of the season. Seven hitters in the Bulldog batting order recorded multi-hit games as all nine starters picked up a base hit in the blowout victory.
Kody Neel hit a three-run home run in the sixth, his third of the season, in an eight-run sixth inning. Leadoff hitter Kyle Arnsberg went 2-for-3 from the plate with three runs scored as the catcher continued his hot hitting during the WAC Tournament.
Ryan Gebhardt was 3-for-5 with three runs scored while Austin Hedges was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and one RBI. Alex Williams went 2-for-5 and Taylor Terrasas picked up two runs and two hits in four at-bats. Senior Justin Gordey went 2-for-5 with one RBI and Tyler Qualls scored two runs in the victory.
“A lot of guys are swinging the bat well,” said head coach Wade Simoneaux. “We have found our lineup and we are tough to pitch to.”
The Bulldogs improved to 27-27 on the season and set a WAC Tournament record by scoring 33 combined runs in one day after eliminating New Mexico State with a 15-12 victory over the Aggies earlier in the day.
Arnsberg and Gebhardt led off the game with a walk and single, respectively, to put runners on first and second for the middle of the order. After two outs, Kimbell singled in Arnsberg to give Tech a 1-0 lead as Gebhardt advanced to third base on the base hit to right-center field. Gebhardt came around to score on the very next pitch as a throwing error by the second baseman gave the Bulldogs their second run of the inning.
LA Tech added a run in the second inning as Qualls and Gordey walked and singled, respectively to lead off the frame. Arnsberg sacrificed the runners over but a throwing error by the pitcher allowed Qualls to score to give the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead.
The Wolf Pack scored two runs on two hits and a balk in the bottom of the inning to cut Tech’s lead to 3-2.
Kimbell led off the top of the third inning with his sixth home run of the season as the Bulldogs took a 4-2 lead. However, Nevada scored three runs in the bottom frame to take a 5-4 lead going into the middle innings.
With one out, Arnsberg, Gebhardt and Williams each singled to load the bases for the Bulldogs as the tying run was 90 feet away from home plate. Terrasas was hit by a pitch to plate Arnsberg and tie the game at 5 before Kimbell hit a sacrifice fly to give Tech a 6-5 lead.
An eight-run sixth inning blew the game open for the Bulldogs, highlighted by a three-run home run by Kody Neel, his third of the season. Bulldogs began the inning with two walks from the top of the lineup and then recorded six consecutive hits as the Wolf Pack made two fielding errors allowing two runs to score.
Tech added four runs in the seventh off of six hits as Terrasas, Kimbell, Hedges, Gordey, Arnsberg and Gebhardt all recorded base hits while Kimbell, Hedges, Gordey and Gebhardt picked up RBI.
The Bulldogs continue play tomorrow against the loser of the Fresno State and Sacramento State game at 5 p.m. CT. Should the Bulldogs win, they will play another game at 9 p.m. CT against the winner of tonight’s matchup between the California Bulldogs and the Hornets.
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