Bulldogs Fall 6-4 in WAC Tournament
May 26, 2012
Mesa, Ariz. - Tyler Qualls went 3-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored but the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (27-28) fell to Fresno State (28-26), 6-4, as the California Bulldogs eliminated the Louisiana Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon at Hohokam Stadium.
The 2012 team set a school record as LA Tech advanced farther in the WAC Tournament than any other team in school history and were one game away from the WAC Tournament Championship game(s). Tech eliminated three teams from the postseason and set a one day runs record by scoring 33 runs in two wins yesterday.
The No. 6 Bulldogs eliminated the No. 4 Hawai'i, No. 1 New Mexico State and No. 3 Nevada, respectively, while facing elimination in all three games.
Making his first start of the 2012 season, left-hander Ben Carlisle pitched 5.1 innings and allowed just five hits in the no-decision. Caleb Dudley (4-5) was charged with the loss after allowing two runs in 1.2 innings and Taylor Garrison (1-2) picked up his first win after striking out six in 5.1 scoreless innings.
Senior Alex Williams went 3-for-5 from the plate as the first baseman tied T.J. Soto and Wade Robinson for most games played by a Bulldog in his career (221). Williams extended his hitting streak to 20 games and leaves Louisiana Tech tied for 10th in home runs (34), second in RBI (175), second in hits (253), fourth in runs scored (143), second in total bases (404) and tied for fourth in doubles (45).
After a walk to Hedges with one out in the second inning, Qualls cleared the right field fence for his first career home run to give Tech a 2-0 lead.
After the California Bulldogs scored a run in the bottom frame, Qualls picked off a runner on third base for the second out of the inning before Carlisle struck out Jordan Brink for the final out of the inning to preserve a 2-1 lead for LA Tech.
Hedges and Qualls recorded back-to-back singles to lead off the fourth inning with a one-run lead. After advancing to third on Qualls' base hit, Hedges came around to score Tech's third run of the game on an RBI ground out by Justin Gordey. With two outs, Gebhardt singled to left field as Tech took a 4-1 lead going into the bottom frame.
Fresno State scored two runs in the fourth to cut Tech's lead to one before tying the game at 4 with a triple in the sixth inning.
Fresno St. added two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning and took a 6-4 lead going into the final frame.
LA Tech went 3-2 in the WAC Tournament while being the last seed and were close to becoming the first six seed in the WAC Tournament Championship and first team to play six games in the postseason tournament.
After beginning WAC play 1-9 after losing six one-run games, the Bulldogs went 6-2 in their final eight conference games to finish WAC play 7-11. Tech defeated New Mexico State and Nevada for the first time this season in the WAC Tournament while the young team were led by seniors Justin Gordey and Williams.
Ryan Gebhardt led the Bulldogs with a .341 batting average along with 76 hits and 14 doubles. Williams hit .332 with a career best 12 home runs and 46 RBI and third baseman Taylor Terrasas recorded a .340 batting average after coming back from injury earlier in the season. Qualls ended the 2012 season hitting .336 with 20 RBI.
Jamie Gilley and Phil Maton highlighted the Bulldog pitching staff as Gilley struck out 82 hitters in 67 innings and ranked nationally in strikeouts/nine innings. Maton led the club with a 2.93 ERA, eight wins, 89.0 innings while holding opposing hitters to a .237 batting average.
Designated hitter and catcher Kyle Arnsberg hit .500 in the WAC Tournament with eight hits in 16 at-bats. Arnsberg scored nine runs and picked up two doubles and three walks and carried an on-base percentage of .579. The offense combined for a .376 batting average as eight starters carried a batting average over .350.
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