BATON ROUGE — Louisiana Tech shortstop Taylor Young drew a bases-loaded walk to provide the go-ahead run in the top of the 12th inning, and the Bulldogs posted a 7-6 victory over LSU Wednesday night at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
The victory gave Tech (15-6) a season sweep of the Tigers (also 15-6), starting with an 11-6 triumph on a wintry night at a packed J.C. Love Field in Ruston last month. Wednesday night, there was only a scattering of fans left at Alex Box when the marathon game ended after 5 hours and 12 minutes.
It concluded with three strikeouts in the bottom of the 12th by Tech closer Kyle Crigger, who picked up the win after tossing four innings and allowing no runs on three hits with eight punchouts.
Both teams struck out an astounding 20 times, but Bulldog hitters drew 11 walks to only three for the Tigers. LSU outhit the visitors 13-7. Tech wasted 13 on base and LSU stranded 11.
“Louisiana Tech is a good team, and this is a game we wanted to win and needed to play,” said LSU coach Jay Johnson. “Games are hard to win against good teams, and we didn’t get the job done tonight.”
The Bulldogs got the scoring started early with three runs in the top of the first and one in the top of the second. Their early success was anchored by two extra-base hits, a single and a sacrifice fly.
LSU responded with a four-run fifth inning to knot the score at four.
LSU grabbed the lead in the sixth, and padded it in the eighth. Jordan Thompson led off the bottom of the eighth with a double, and Gavin Dugas drove him in with a single up the middle.
Louisiana Tech tied it up in the ninth with two runs without a hit, as the Bulldogs took advantage of three walks and an error.
“Our message to the team before the game was ‘compete.’ Even if we lose the game I think we competed our tails off. We played harder than they did,” said Bulldogs coach Lane Burroughs.
NORTHWESTERN STATE 6, GRAMBLING 3: Cameron Parikh added another key hit to his growing resume while senior right-hander Josh Banes continued to capitalize on his chances for NSU. Jeff Elkins’ leadoff home run in the sixth inning that awakened the Demons (10-11), who won for the seventh time in nine games on the homestand in which NSU scored 105 runs.
Down 2-1, Elkins slammed the first pitch he saw from left-handed reliever Michael Mims III (0-1) over the center-field wall to tie the game. Five batters later, Parikh capped the four-run inning with a two-run double to the right-field corner.
Armed with a three-run lead, the Demons were able to tame the Tigers (7-14) thanks to some strong work out of the bullpen.
LSUS 21, WILLIAM CAREY 2: The Pilots extended their win streak to 16 games with the win at Vicksburg, Mississippi. LSUS (27-2) pounded out 15 hits led by JB Tree who went 3-for-5 with a triple, home run and 6 RBIs. Austin McNicholas was 3-for-4 with a double, home run and scored four runs scored and Julian Flores singled and doubled and drove in three runs.
BOSSIER PARISH 3-4, NORTHEAST TEXAS 0-3: Tuliliau Sosi hit a walk-off two-run home run to give the Lady Cavs the doubleheader sweep after Primrose Ahololelei tossed a one-hit shutout in the first game.
Sosi’s home run was her second of the game as Bossier Parish rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the final two innings. Aholelei struck out 15 in getting the first game win and picked up the win in game two by working the final two innings and striking out four more. BPCC is now 17-7 overall and 5-1 in Region XIV.
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