RUSTON, La. - Runs were at a premium in game two of a three-game set as the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (16-15, 1-1 WAC) fell to Sacramento State (15-16, 1-1 WAC), 2-1, on Saturday afternoon at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
Phil Maton (5-3) was credited with the loss after allowing just two runs in 6.1 innings. The freshman right-hander's only blemish came in the third inning as Justin Higley hit a two-run home run to give the Hornets a 2-0 lead. Bennan Leitao (3-2) picked up his third win of the season as the freshman right-hander pitched his second complete game of the season, allowing five hits and one run while striking out eight.
Alex Williams was 2-for-4 at the dish as the senior first baseman scord the lone run for the Bulldogs. Tech recorded just five hits on the afternoon as third baseman Beau Bayliss picked up two singles in three plate appearances and junior Kody Neel picked up a pinch hit single in the bottom of the seventh inning.
The Hornets took a 2-0 lead in the third inning on a two-run home run by Higley. The Bulldogs cut their deficit to one in the bottom of the seventh inning as Williams scored on a double play as the Bulldogs now trailed 2-1.
Williams and Neel led off the seventh with back-to-back singles to give Tech runners on first and second with no outs. Catcher Kyle Arnsberg drew a walk to load the bases for pinch hitter Tyler Qualls with no outs down 2-0. Qualls hit into a 6-3 double play that plated Williams, giving Tech its first run of the game.
Taylor Burch made an outstanding play on defense as the sophomore outfielder reached over the right field wall in foul territory for the second out of the fifth inning.
Caleb Dudley threw a scoreless 2.2 innings out of the Tech bullpen, striking out one hitter while throwing 26 pitches.
Trevor Petersen (2-3) takes the hill in the series finale for the Bulldogs as
Tech looks to take the opening Western Conference Athletic series on Easter Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. with the pregame show beginning at 12:45 p.m. on the LA Tech Sports Network.
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Notes: Beau Bayliss went 2-for-3 from the plate as the third baseman recorded his third multi-hit game of the season... Phil Maton pitched 6.1 innings as the freshman right-hander leads the team with a 3.00 ERA... Caleb Dudley pitched 2.2 innings in his 16th appearance of the year... Alex Williams and Ryan Gebhardt started all 31 games this year while Gebhardt has played every inning of every game... Williams has started 98 consecutive games dating back to last season... Williams recorded two hits in four plate appearances.