MONROE – Walker Burchfield clubbed two home runs as Louisiana Tech defeated ULM 8-4 Tuesday night at Warhawk Field.
Tech (12-5) plated five runs in the top of the first inning, highlighted when Bryce Wallace recorded a two-run single. Burchfield cracked a pair of solo shots in the third and fifth innings.
Greg Martinez got the start, earning his second win, going four innings, giving up one run, striking out five and issuing no walks.
Wallace and Steele Netterville both tallied two-hit nights.
ULM (4-11) outhit Tech 11-10 but stranded 13 baserunners. Bulldog pitching worked its way out of jams in the sixth and the ninth innings when the bases were left loaded.
Warhawk center fielder Mason Holt led the hosts, going 3-for-5 with an RBI single in the eighth.
NORTHWESTERN STATE 21, LAMAR 7: Following the first three double-figure scoring efforts of the season, Northwestern State kept it rolling, tallying season highs in runs and hits in a two-touchdown rout of visiting Lamar (12-6) at Brown-Stroud Field.
The Demons (7-9) reached double figures in runs in four straight games for the first time since Feb. 28-March 5, 2010. Since stopping a 39 2/3-inning scoring drought at ULM a week ago, the Demons have plated 78 runs in the last 27 innings, outscoring Alcorn State 55-5 over the weekend.
Ten different Demons scored and nine different NSU hitters drove in a run, led by Larson Fontenot’s career-high-tying five RBIs.
Daunte Stuart’s career-high five-hit game (5-for-6) topped the deep Demon offense while Fontenot went 4-for-6 and Gray Rowlett was 3-for-5. Bryce Holmes (2-for-6, 3 RBIs) and Gabe Colaianni (2-for-3, 2 RBIs) each had two hits and a multi-RBI game.
LSU 7, TULANE 5: Right-hander Eric Reyzelman struck out six of the eight batters he faced to earn his first career LSU win, and the fourth-ranked Tigers overcame an early 2-0 deficit to post a 7-5 win over Tulane in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
LSU won its fifth straight game and improved to 14-3, while Tulane dropped to 10-7.
Reyzelman (1-0), the third of seven LSU pitchers, entered the game in the fourth inning and pitched brilliantly, allowing no hits and one walk with six strikeouts in 2.1 shutout innings.
Reliever Devin Fontenot pitched the final 1.2 innings to earn his first save of the year, limiting the Green Wave to one hit with one walk and one strikeout.
LSU first baseman Tre’ Morgan collected two hits and three RBI, and right fielder Giovanni DiGiacomo turned in the defensive play of the game when he threw out the potential tying run out at the plate after catching a fly ball in the top of the eighth inning.
The Tigers held a 6-5 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth and secured an insurance run on an RBI double by pinch hitter Josh Pearson.
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