El Dorado News-Times

Louisiana Tech splits series against BYU

- By Louisiana Tech Sports Informatio­n

RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech collected six extrabase hits, including two home runs, and got a combined 12 strikeouts from three pitchers as the Bulldogs overpowere­d BYU 10-2 to even the four-game series on Monday night at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.

Louisiana Tech (2-2) pounded out nine hits and got quality innings from all three Bulldogs pitchers - Reed Smith, Ethan Bates, and Landon Tomkins - while also playing sound defense with zero errors.

With the Bulldogs up 1-0 after the first inning, BYU (2-2) threatened to blow the game wide open in the top of the second. After the first four Cougars reached base with three singles and a walk, the starter Smith minimized the damage to only allow two runs.

Louisiana Tech turned around and put up a three spot in the bottom half of the same inning, taking advantage of the control issues of BYU's starter Carter Smith.

After the Bulldogs loaded the bases with a hit by pitch and two walks, Brody Drost lined a single up the middle with two outs and two strikes on him.

Another walk and a hit by pitch to Dalton Davis drove in another, making it 4-2.

That was all the lead the Bulldogs would need as Smith (4 2/3 innings), Bates (2 1/3 innings), and Tomkins (2 innings) allowed just two combined hits over the last seven innings.

Meanwhile, Louisiana Tech added on runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth inning. First, it was Adarius Myers swiping two bags before scoring on a throwing error to make it 5-2.

The Bulldogs then used the long ball, getting a three-run homer from Philip Matulia and a solo shot to center by Drost.

Another run was added with a sacrifice fly by Will Safford.

Seven different Bulldogs recorded hits, led by Drost who went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a walk.

"I thought we got pushed around on Friday and a little bit on Saturday," Louisiana Tech coach Lane Burroughs said. "We had a great practice yesterday and a great team meeting. It was very positive.

"I thought we played Louisiana Tech baseball tonight. It all starts on the mound with Reed Smith. The game was about to get away from us in the second and he minimized that inning.

"Then we come back and put up a three spot. That was the difference in the ball game. We had great at-bats.

"Our pitchers were throwing strikes. We had no errors. I am extremely proud of our guys for answering the bell and responding the way they did tonight."

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