Ruston, LA (KSLA) - The No. 21 Louisiana Tech baseball team churned out 19 runs on 16 hits, while capitalizing on a season-high 11 walks en route to a 19-6 Friday afternoon victory over Marshall in a Conference USA matchup from J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park. LA Tech (26-12, 11-6 C-USA) evened up the weekend series after the 13-run win, setting up a crucial rubber game scheduled for Saturday morning at 10 a.m. The Bulldog offense scored in all but three innings on the day, plating five in the second, four in the third, two in the sixth, five in the seventh and three in the eighth. Every Tech starter reached base at least twice, while six Bulldogs scored two or more runs in the balanced offensive effort.
Hunter Wells churned out a team-high four hits (4-for-6, 3 RBI, 2 R), while reigning C-USA Hitter of the Week, Tanner Huddleston went 2-for-3 with three runs and four RBI on a grand slam in the seventh inning. The first six batters in the Tech lineup in Taylor Young, Wells, Mason Mallard, Parker Bates, Huddleston and Mason Robinson combined to go 12-for-23, while scoring 16 of Tech’s 19 runs. Bates and Robinson each worked three walks, as Tech capitalized on a combined 16 free passes (11 walks, five HBPs) from Marshall (22-16, 9-8 C-USA) pitching. Meanwhile, on the mound, Tech starter Logan Robbins did not factor into the decision, as the left-hander pitched 4.1 innings, allowing three runs (all earned) on six hits. Fellow southpaw David Leal (1-0) entered for Robbins in the fifth and fired the remaining 4.2 innings in relief, allowing three runs on five hits, while striking out five and did not walk a batter. Robbins and Leal combined for eight strikeouts and two walks. Marshall starter Wade Martin was the losing pitcher of record, falling to 0-2 after pitching just 1.2 innings, while giving up five runs (all earned) on three hits. Marshall used seven pitchers in all on the day – each one issuing at least one walk. Tech batters combined to strike out just two times on the day, while drawing 11 walks. The Bulldogs and Thundering Herd will meet up in the series finale, set for Saturday at 10 a.m. Tech is slated to throw LHP Logan Bailey, while Marshall has yet to name a starter.