Burroughs: “Ryan Jennings is the man of the hour.”

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Another day, another pitching gem by a Bulldog hurler.

Ryan Jennings tossed seven shutout innings and Louisiana Tech picked up its 40th win of the season as the Bulldogs defeated Old Dominion 7-2 Thursday afternoon at Pete Taylor Park in the second day of the 2022 Conference USA Tournament.

Facing a Monarch team that ranks No. 3 in the nation in home runs, Jennings didn’t allow a hit until the seventh inning and by then the good guys led 7-0.

“(Ryan Jennings) is the man of the hour. There is no question,” said Tech head coach Lane Burroughs. “It’s about as good as I’ve ever seen him pitch. And he has pitched really good the last month of the season. He has really been our best guy. To hold that team down is unbelievable. I’m very proud of Ryan. He was electric.”

Jennings struck out 10, walked two and surrendered two singles while throwing 108 pitches in 7.0 innings. And he got some help from his offense.

Tech struck for three runs in the bottom of the second inning on a sacrifice fly by Logan McLeod and a two-run single by Taylor Young. A Jorge Corona ground-rule double in the bottom of the third made the score 4-0 Tech.

The score remained the same until the bottom of the sixth inning when Tech struck for three runs on five straight two-out hits, including RBI singles by Wade Elliot, Young and Phillip Matulia.

Kyle Crigger came on in relief of Jennings in the eighth and tossed the final two innings. Tech was one out away from its second straight shutout before ODU’s Andy Garriola hit a two-run shot to left field to put the Monarchs on the board.

Tech (40-18) will have Friday off before facing the winner of Old Dominion vs. Charlotte on Saturday morning at 9 a.m.