|Louisiana Tech Completes Sweep Of Spartans|
RUSTON, La. - Trevor Peterson gave Louisiana Tech its third straight quality start Sunday, allowing just one run in seven innings of work, as the Bulldogs completed a Western Athletic Conference sweep over San Jose State with a 4-1 win at J.C. Love Field.
Peterson surrendered a single run in the first inning after loading the bases with no outs, then shut down the Spartans after that. He scattered six hits with one strikeout and two walks in the Bulldogs' third consecutive seven-inning outing by a starter in the series.
The sweep at the hands of Louisiana Tech (23-23, 6-9 WAC) was the Spartans' second of the season and first since Feb. 24-26 versus Santa Barbara.
San Jose State (21-22, 5-7 WAC) started the scoring early when they loaded the bases with no outs in the first inning on back-to-back singles from Andre Mercurio and Jacob Valdez, and a hit-by-pitch by Nick Schulz. But after a sacrifice fly from Caleb Natov brought in the game's first run, San Jose State grounded out twice to first base, ending the threat with a 1-0 lead.
Valdez extended his hit streak to four games with his first-inning single. He finished Sunday going 2-for-5 and finished the weekend going 5-for-12 (.417). The sophomore has reached base in five straight games and scored in three of them after a 3-for-44 (.068) stretch from April 5-28.
Michael Gerlach went 2-for-4 to push his hitting streak to six games. He has now hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games with five multi-hit performances during that stretch.
San Jose State's first inning run was the ninth time in their last 11 games it scored runs in the first three innings. It would also be the 10th time during that stretch they saw an early lead disappear.
Louisiana Tech tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the first on a two-out solo homerun by Alex Williams, his 11th of the season. The Bulldogs took the lead for good in the third with two more runs. Williams drove in his second run of the game with an RBI single and Ryan Gebhardt scored on a delayed steal after a swinging strikeout by Bre'shon Kimbell.
The Spartans had base runners in every inning Sunday, getting six hits, drawing three walks and reaching on two Louisiana Tech errors. They would strand 10 runners though, giving them 25 stranded for the series.
The Bulldogs loaded the bases with no outs for the fourth time in the series on three straight walks to start the fifth inning. Jones walked the first two batters before exiting and reliever David Wayne Russo walked the first batter he faced to load them up. Austin Hedges grounded into a fielder's choice to bring in the Bulldogs' fourth and final run, making it 4-1.
Jones (3-3) took the loss in four innings of work, giving up four earned runs on four hits and four walks while striking out three. Russo and Mike Aldrete combined for four innings of scoreless relief. Russo struck out two and gave up just two hits. Aldrete struck out three and surrendered one hit.
Louisiana Tech had runners on base in every inning for the second straight day. For the series, Louisiana Tech had runners on base in 24 of 25 innings they batted in. The Bulldogs also had the leadoff runner reach in each inning from the third to the eighth. Over the weekend Louisiana Tech had the leadoff batter reach in 17 innings, though they stranded 26 runners in the series.
Louisiana Tech 4, San Jose State 1 (May 06, 2012 at Ruston, La.)