Burroughs at 300 as Netterville powers Bulldogs; G-Men also notch series win

JOURNAL STAFF

HUNTINGTON, W.V. – Louisiana Tech head coach Lane Burroughs reached the 300-win career mark Saturday as the Bulldogs took two from Marshall to secure a Conference USA baseball series victory.

Burroughs, who won 113 games at Northwestern State, has logged 177 wins at Louisiana Tech as he nears the completion of his sixth season.

After Marshall scored a 10-9 win in the opener, the Bulldogs found a way to slow down the Thundering Herd in wins of 7-4 and 11-5.

In game one, Ryan Harland came on in relief tossing 4 2-3 scoreless innings allowing just one hit and striking out a season-high eight batters in his first career win for Tech (25-11, 11-4 C-USA).

“Harland has done it all year,” Burroughs said. “He has been our best lefty out of the bullpen all year. He absolutely attacks the strike zone with conviction. He is not an imposing figure, but he is not scared and he does not get nervous.”

Byrd High product Steele Netterville launched a home run in his fourth straight game and his dinger started a streak of seven unanswered runs as the Bulldogs rallied from a 4-0 deficit.

Tech plated four more in the seventh as Jorge Corona ripped an RBI double to start. Logan McLeod hit a clutch two-run single to tie the score and Netterville broke the tie with a single to left to take a 5-4 lead.

In the second game, Cole McConell slammed his second home run of the day, a three-run shot that put the Bulldogs up 4-0 in the third inning.

Marshall tied the game 5-5 before reliever Jarrett Whorff tossed 3 1-3 scoreless innings with seven strikeouts.

The Bulldogs scored six runs in the ninth inning to break open the game and win the series. Adarius Myers drove in two with the bases loaded, and Netterville came up in a line of Bulldogs who drove in runs to finish off Marshall.

GRAMBLING: The Tigers’ offense rebounded with wins of 10-4 and 12-8 at Texas Southern to snatch the series road win. Three Jarcifur Parker hits totaled four RBIs in Saturday’s four-run win. On Friday, Keylon Mack’s three hits inclued two home runs and plated three RBI for GSU (15-20, 10-5 SWAC).

NORTHWESTERN STATE: After scoring just two combined runs in the first two games of the series, NSU (16-18, 6-6 SLC) roused its bats in the finale to avoid a sweep at Nicholls, winning 10-7. The Demons scored nine runs in the sixth inning with eight hits and two errors. Two-RBI hits from Larson Fontenot (3-5) and Gray Rowlett (3-4) highlighted the frame. On Friday, Nicholls (19-14, 7-5 SLC) secured the series win 6-0 with eight shutout innings from Tyler Theriot (5-2).

LSU: No. 7 Arkansas quieted No. 24 LSU’s bats with wins of 4-0 and 6-2 to complete the series sweep in Fayetteville. LSU (23-11, 7-7 SEC) lost the opener by one run before the pair of four-run losses to the Razorbacks (28-7, 11-4 SEC). After recording just three hits Friday, LSU couldn’t do enough with its 11 hits Saturday as 13 Tigers were stranded.

ULM: The Warhawks had a shot to take a series from hated UL Lafayette on Saturday, but the Ragin’ Cajuns quieted visiting ULM in a 7-1 win. ULM (12-21-1, 5-9-1 Sun Belt) stole the middle game Friday with a five-run ninth inning to win in 7-5 fashion. An Austin Beech two-run home run handed the Warhawks the lead.