Bulldogs nip away at Warhawks for win; LSU holds on, GSU falls

SWEET SWEEP: Louisiana Tech’s baseball team completed a season sweep of ULM Tuesday night with a comeback win at J.C. Love Field in Ruston,


RUSTON –Taylor Young didn’t have an official at-bat Tuesday night for the Louisiana Tech baseball team, but he scored four times to help the Bulldogs overcome visiting ULM 11-5 to complete a season sweep of the visiting Warhawks.

Young’s line in the box score was 0-for-0 with three walks, two hit-by-pitches and four runs scored. A dozen times, Bulldogs reached base by being hit by a pitch or drawing a walk as Tech (31-15) finally put away ULM (15-27-1) with a five-run eighth.

The Warhawks struck first plating three runs on four hits in the first frame. Ryan Cupit drove in the first run on a RBI double to right center. Mason Holt then brought Cupit home on a single to center. Two batters later, Colby Deaville drove in the third run singling through the left side of the infield.

The Bulldogs answered with a two-run bottom half from a Steele Netterville sacrifice fly and a bases-loaded walk to Logan McLeod.

Byrd product Netterville pushed his on-base streak to 18 games in the second inning, adding two more RBI on a one-out rope over the second baseman’s head tying the game 4-4.

The Warhawks’ Trace Henry tripled and scored on a fielder’s choice in the fourth.

The Bulldogs’ Cole McConnell came up clutch in the bottom of the sixth driving in two runs on a two-out base hit with the bases loaded, giving Tech its first lead and upping his RBI count to 58.

In the bottom of the eighth, Jorge Corona sent a grand slam over the left center field wall to allow the winners to take a six-run lead into the ninth. It was his 10th homer and second slam of the year.

LSU 10, NICHOLLS 6:  Rightfielder Josh Pearson blasted two homers and collected five RBI to lead LSU over Nicholls in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

LSU (30-14) built a comfortable 10-2 lead before Nicholls (24-17) rallied late but never had the tying run at the plate.

Pearson was 3-for-6. Third baseman Jacob Berry was 3-for-4 at plate with a solo homer, his 15th of the season, and two RBI.

JACKSON STATE 20, GRAMBLING 12: In a game with nine batters struck by a pitch and 29 hits, the rivals combined to score 18 runs in their last three at-bats, but visiting Jackson State’s fast start (seven runs in the first two innings) helped provide the difference.

After Grambling’s six-run bottom of the eighth, JSU (22-22) scored nine times in the top of the ninth and held off a GSU rally in its last chance. The Tigers (19-25) plated three runs but couldn’t overcome an 11-run deficit.

There were no home runs, while Jackson State laid down seven sacrifice bunts in the midweek single game.

Photo: by GRACE KIMBRELL, Louisiana Tech

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