Diamond Dogs erupt in series sweep

Dominating may not be a strong enough word to describe Louisiana Tech’s three-game Conference USA series sweep over FIU this past weekend at JC Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.

But that’s definitely what the Bulldogs did.

Tech (18-6, 5-1) outscored FIU 37-4 in the series, defeating the Golden Panthers by scores of 12-2, 12-0 and 13-2 while completing the perfect week which included the 7-6 win over 14th ranked LSU on Wednesday.

“Proud of our guys,” said Tech head coach Lane Burroughs. “We needed this sweep. We have put ourselves in this position every Sunday. We played good defense all weekend and had three good starts which is something we have struggled to get.”

Jonathan Fincher, Cade Gibson and Jarret Whorff were all stellar on the mound while once again the Bulldogs bull pen was lights out.

Tech’s arms combined to allow just four runs on 18 hits over 27 innings of work, while striking out 22 batters and only walking three. FIU never scored more than one run in any inning all weekend while the Bulldogs countered with some big crooked numbers on offense.

In Friday’s win, Tech scored four in the first and added five in the seventh. On Saturday, the Bulldogs plated four in the sixth and six more in the eighth. Then on Sunday, Tech erupted for seven in the eighth inning.

“We had the big innings all week,” said Burroughs. “Big innings, good pitching and good defense carried us through to 4-0. We will take 4-0 on the week any time.”

Some of the offensive highlights included Taylor Young extending his on-base streak to 18 games, while Cole McConnell, Steele Netterville, and Jorge Corona (two) all connected on home runs. Tech totaled 33 hits, including 15 extra base hits on the weekend.

Tech has tallied double digit runs in nine of its 18 wins thus far this season.

The Bulldogs have now won 11 of their last 12 games as they enter a challenging six-game stretch that includes Dallas Baptist (Tuesday), at Southern Miss (Friday-Sunday) and vs. UL-Lafayette (April 5 and 6).

Photo: Tom Morris