Diamond Dogs fall in Sunday’s finale

Diamond Dogs fall to Owls

If championships were won on Saturday, Louisiana Tech would be in good shape.

The Bulldogs improved to 11-0 in games played on Saturday with its 11-6 victory over Florida Atlantic this weekend, but the Owls took the series, prevailing 10-2 on Friday and 5-2 on Sunday at JC Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.

Tech (33-17, 15-9 C-USA) now sits in a two-way tie for third place with Florida Atlantic, trailing second place UTSA by one game and league leader Southern Miss by three with two weekends remaining in the regular season.

“Credit their two arms, they did a good job,” said Tech head coach Lane Burroughs in reference to FAU starter Tyler Burnham and reliever Robert Wegielnik who combined for 12 strikeouts in Sunday’s win. “You can’t show up every other day in this league to be competitive in this league. You have to show up every day. Our pitchers made a couple of mistakes, but they are allowed to. They have managed to keep us in every game.”

After getting a solid start from Ryan Jennings on Saturday in the 11-6 win, the Bulldogs turned to Jonathan Fincher on Sunday. However, Fincher struggled, failing to get out of the second inning as Jarret Whorff came on in relief.

Whorff 4.2 innings allowing two runs while striking out six.  

“I thought Jarret Whorff was outstanding in relief,” said Burroughs. “He gave us a chance to win. (Kyle) Crigger did his job against probably the best hitting team in our league. If you give up five runs on a Sunday, you should win that ball game. We just didn’t get it done. We have six more games and we have to make the most of them.”

Saturday’s win was highlighted by Steele Netterville becoming the all-time doubles leader in Bulldog history. Netterville, who also homered on Saturday, recorded his 59th career two-bagger in the victory.

The Bulldogs will host WKU this weekend in its final three-game series of the year with games set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

 


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