Pitching Dominates as Tech Splits Saturday Doubleheader
Feb. 17, 2018
MALIBU, Calif. - The Louisiana Tech baseball team snagged a 3-2 victory over Pepperdine in the first leg of Saturday’s doubleheader, and dropped the second decision to the Waves, by a 1-0 final from Eddy D. Field Stadium on the Pepperdine campus.
“That’s three straight quality starts,” head coach Lane Burroughs said. “I couldn’t have asked for anything more. They’ve all given us chances to win the ballgame and our bullpen has been great as well. Braxton Smith has a man on third with nobody out and punches out three guys. That’s what we’re talking about when we reference the depth of our bullpen. I thought Quinton (Logan) was tremendous as well. He looked like a big-leaguer out there.”
“Our pitching is giving us every opportunity right now, but we just aren’t a threat offensively yet. We’re a very new club and we’re doing some immature things offensively. It will come, hopefully with time, but I couldn’t be more pleased with our pitching staff, with what they’re doing and putting us in positions to win ballgames.”
Game One Recap
Tech saw a brilliant start from southpaw transfer Logan Robbins. The junior from Jones Country JC tossed 5.1 innings and gave up just one run on five hits, while striking out three. Robbins threw strikes early and often and was consistently ahead of Pepperdine hitters throughout the contest, while not allowing a free pass.
When Robbins exited the game, the staff in the bullpen picked up right where he left off. Junior Braxton Smith, also making his Tech debut, was electric in bridging the gap between starter and closer. The right-hander went 2.2 innings, giving up just two hits and striking out four.
Smith entered the game with a man on first, and immediately overthrew first baseman Cole Warken, allowing the runner to move to third with no outs. However, the Orange, Texas, native buckled down and came through with three consecutive swinging strikeouts, escaping the jam with no damage done.
Senior relief ace Kent Hasler earned his first save of the season, and the fifth of his career, as he shut the door on the hard-charging Pepperdine offense in the final frame, sealing the ‘Dogs’ first victory of 2018.
The Bulldog offense came to life in the third inning, as Mason Robinson led off the frame with a single the opposite way to right field. Hunter Wells then drew a walk, moving Robinson into scoring position, then Mason Mallard mashed a double into deep right center scoring Robinson and evening the game at one.
In the fourth, the Bulldog offense capitalized after back-to-back hit by pitches for Steele Netterville and Jonathan Parker. Dalton Skelton walked the ensuing at-bat, loading the bases for the top of the lineup in Hunter Wells. The Tech second baseman grounded sharply to first, but untied the game, giving Tech a 2-1 lead.
The bottom of the fifth inning became the Parker Bates show in center field. The Tyler, Texas native made back-to-back circus catches, ending the inning.
Robbins earned the win while Pepperdine’s Cooper Chandler took the loss, tossing just 3.1 innings and allowing two hits, two runs, three walks and three hit by pitches.
Game Two Recap
The Tech offense appeared as if it was off to a strong second game as the first inning looked promising. Mallard led off the first with a double down the left field line followed up by a Wells single. However with runners at the corners and nobody out, Pepperdine starter Christian Stoutland forced a popup and an inning-ending double play grounder to escape the inning unscathed.
Stoutland pitched 6.1 innings of shutout ball and earned the victory. He struck out three and walked four while allowing three hits. Kiko Garcia nailed down the two-inning save, allowing just one hit.
Quinton Logan also pitched admirably for the Bulldogs, tossing 2.1 innings of scoreless baseball while striking out four. The Natchez, Mississippi, native did not allow a baserunner in his relief outing and appeared absolutely dominant over the Waves offense.
The series finale for both squads is set for Sunday at 11 a.m. PST. Live updates will be available by following @LATechBSB on Twitter.
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