RUSTON — Louisiana Tech scored five times in its last two chances Tuesday night, overcoming a one-run deficit in the seventh inning to prevail 7-3 over UL-Lafayette at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
Tech (20-9) topped UL-Lafayette (14-14) with homers by Taylor Young and Logan McLeod along with a strong start from Greg Martinez on the mound. The rivals meet again tonight at 6 at the Love Shack.
The Bulldogs jumped on the board in the third inning on a Young solo home run and an RBI rap from Steele Netterville.
The Ragin’ Cajuns took the lead in the top of the seventh.
McLeod led off the bottom of the seventh inning with his first career home run to knot things at 3-3. With two down, Adarius Myers drew a walk to bring in the go-ahead run.
The Bulldogs scored three more in the eighth inning on a two-run double from Cole McConnell and Young coming across on a passed ball.
LSU 16, GRAMBLING 3: In a battle of Tigers, LSU quickly overcame a 2-0 deficit and pounded out a season-high 18 hits, including four home runs in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
The game was halted after 6.5 innings after the coaches on each side agreed to employ the NCAA 10-run rule. LSU improved to 20-9, while Grambling dropped to 11-18.
Hayden Travinski launched two homers and collected three RBI to lead LSU’s offensive output. Jacob Berry was 3-for-3 at the plate with a homer and two RBI, and Dylan Crews homered and drove in two runs. Jordan Thompson doubled and produced three RBI
LOUISIANA TECH 9, ULM 0: At Ruston, Brooke Diaz clubbed two home runs and Amanda Gonzales added a third as the Lady Techsters rolled at Dr. Billy Bundrick Field.Tech plated four runs in the first, two in the second and three more in the third in coasting to its 23rd win of the season – one more than the entire 2021 campaign. Tech (23-15) has 18 games remaining. ULM fell to 18-15.
Gonzalez gave Tech a lead just two batters into the bottom of the first with a two-run shot to right center, following Sierra Sacco, who led the bottom of the first inning off with a triple. Katelin Cooper lined a two-run double to right centerfield with two outs for a 4-0 lead.
An inning later, Diaz drilled a full-count pitch over the left centerfield wall for a two-run shot. An inning later, with a 6-0 advantage, she homered again, a three-run round-tripper that just edged over the centerfield field.
Photo by SADIE PATTON, Louisiana Tech