Cajuns rally for split at Tech; NSU falls, BPCC teams sweep

BOMB DROPPER: Taylor Young homered for the second night in a row for Louisiana Tech, but this time, the Bulldogs couldn’t hold off UL Lafayette.

RUSTON – A seven-run sixth inning put UL Lafayette on top and a remarkable long relief outing kept the Ragin’ Cajuns there Wednesday night in an 8-6 victory at Louisiana Tech.

Tech (20-10) rode solo home runs by Taylor Young and Walker Burchfield to a 4-0 lead through three innings. But it didn’t stand up against UL-Lafayette (15-14), who salvaged a split of the two-game midweek series on the heels of a 7-3 Bulldogs triumph Tuesday.

Tech plated one more in the second and one more in the third on solo shots by Young and Burchfield, opening a 6-1 advantage. But the Cajuns erupted in the sixth, getting six hits to score the TD and add the extra point. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs struggled against reliever Cooper Rawls, who struck out 12 while facing 29 hitters and scattering five hits in 7.2 innings, allowing only Burchfield’s blast to move the scoreboard at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.

“Give their guy credit. He only had two innings on the year with three strikeouts and now he has 15. He made us like it. He absolutely diced us up,” said Bulldogs coach Lane Burroughs.

LAMAR 9, NORTHWESTERN STATE 6: The Demons’ pitching staff issued a season-high 10 walks and NSU committed three errors, while the Cardinals bunched together enough hits to make them hurt in a 9-5 Lamar victory at Vincent-Beck Stadium in Beaumont, Texas.

“Any time you give up nine runs on five hits, you didn’t play very well – whether it’s on the mound or in the field, and we did a little of both,” said Northwestern coach Bobby Barbier, whose team fell for the first time in six games.

Northwestern (15-13) won the first meeting between the teams 21-7 in Natchitoches on March 15, collecting a season-high 20 hits and 12 walks.

Lamar (18-12) used eight pitchers to cut those numbers to eight and six respectively. Three of the Demons’ walks came in a two-run ninth inning.

BPCC 9-17, NORTHEAST TEXAS 2-6: Connor Crowson had two doubles and a home run in his five-hit, four RBI second game for the Cavs, who pounded out 32 hits in the twinbill sweep. Simon Grinberg finished the two games with five hits, three doubles, a home run and five RBI, while Ayden Makarus was 5-for-9 with a double and 2 RBI, and Gavin Baird went 5-for-10 with five RBI. Seth Guff picked up the win in the first game allowing three hits, no runs, and two walks in six innings, and struck out five for BPCC (25-11-1).

SOFTBALL

BPCC 13-4, TYLER JC 0-3: Kennedy Cox brought in Haylee Ladner on a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning of the second game for the doubleheader sweep. Ladner continued her big season with five hits and four RBI in the two games. Cox had a 3-run home run in the first game and drove in four and Dylian Sanay totaled 4-for-7 with three RBI. Primrose Aholelei came on in relief in the second game to get the win and after a complete game three-hitter in the first game. She picked up five strikeouts in the second game after fanning seven in the first game for BPCC (25-7, 13-1).

Photo by SEAN CRIPPLE, Louisiana Tech