Feb. 26, 2012
RUSTON, La. - Trevor Petersen pitched 6.2 innings as the Louisiana Tech baseball team fell to McNeese State, 4-3 Sunday afternoon at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
The Bulldogs' five game win streak ended as Tech dropped to 5-3 on the season while the Cowboys are 2-4 on the year.
McNeese St. struck first as the Cowboys scored one run in the top of the third to take a 1-0 lead over LA Tech.
The Bulldogs took a 2-1 lead after scoring two in the bottom half of the inning as Ryan Gebhardt walked with one out in the inning. With the walk, Gebhardt has reached base safely in 37 consecutive games dating back to last season.
First baseman Bre'shon Kimbell walked to bring up second baseman Austin Hedges with runners on first and second with two outs.
Hedges singled to center field, driving in Gebhardt to tie the game at 1-1. A misplayed ball by Andrew Guillotee allowed Kimbell to score and Hedges to advance to second base, giving the Bulldogs a 2-1 advantage.
Stephen Gandy began the bottom of the fifth inning by drawing a walk for LA Tech. After advancing to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Gebhardt, Gandy moved over to third when Cowboys pitcher Michael Clemons threw a wild pitch. Gandy came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Alex Williams to give Tech a two-run lead.
McNeese St. scored two runs off two hits and two stolen bases in the top of the sixth inning to tie the game at 3-3.
Collin Todd led off the top of the ninth inning with a single for the Cowboys. After closer Caleb Dudley emerged from the bullpen, pinch hitter Matt Henry moved Todd over to scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. Dudley dove to first to tag Henry, preventing a base hit.
Shortstop Tyler Klouser came up to the plate and hit a ground ball to Gebhardt, who then attempted to get the lead runner out at third. A misplayed ball by Beau Bayliss allowed Todd to score from second base to give the Cowboys a 4-3 lead.
Southpaw James Ferguson (0-1) was charged with the loss after going 1.1 innings, allowing one hit and one run (unearned) while freshman Jacob Williams recorded his first collegiate win for McNeese St.
Petersen pitched 6.2 innings for the Bulldogs, striking out three while allowing three runs for the no-decision. Clemons pitched five innings for McNeese as he and Williams combined to hold Louisiana Tech hitters to under double-digit hits for the first time this season.
Tech returns to action on Tuesday at 1 p.m. as they host Arkansas-Pine Bluff at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
Chris Sadberry (1-0) gets the start for LA Tech as he defeated UAPB last week at Pine Bluff, 13-8.
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Notes: Shortstop Ryan Gebhardt has reached base in 37 consecutive games... Louisiana Tech has used eight different lineups through eight games... Alex Williams has now started in 75 consecutive games for the Bulldogs... Alex Williams singled to extend his hitting streak to eight games... Freshman Bre'shon Kimbell went one for three to extend his hitting streak to six games... Kimbell has hit safely in all six games as a collegiate athlete... With the series victory Tech improves to 80-47 all-time against the Cowboys.