Middle Tennessee Rallies to Down Bulldogs, 9-8
May 20, 2017
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - LA Tech dropped the series finale in Murfreesboro on Saturday afternoon 9-8, as Middle Tennessee rallied late to get the win.
Louisiana Tech struck first in the series finale, as Jonathan Washam reached first on an infield single. An errant throw by the Blue Raiders shortstop allowed him to advance to second. A wild pitch allowed him to scoot into third and come around to score on an RBI-infield single from Dalton Skelton.
Middle Tennessee scored two runs in the third inning to take a 2-1 lead. The Bulldogs rallied in the fourth as a fielder choice from Skelton brought home another run to make it 2-2.
The Blue Raiders put up two more runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 4-2 lead, but the Bulldogs responded once again with a six-spot in the top of the sixth.
The sixth began with Sean Ullrich walks and Jonathan Washam singling through the left side. For the third time in the game, Dalton Skelton came up big, tripling down the right field line and plating both runs to tie the game at 4-4.
Colby Hamilton gave Louisiana Tech the lead again with an RBI-single to center field that scored Skelton and put the ‘Dogs out in front, 5-4. After a Raphael Gladu double, Jordan Washam delivered a pivotal three-run blast to right field that extended the LA Tech lead to 8-4.
The Blue Raiders keep fighting though and plated three runs to cut the Bulldog lead to 8-7 after eight innings.
Two more runs in the ninth and the Blue Raiders walked it off.
LA Tech now moves on to The First, A National Banking Association Conference USA Baseball Championship in Biloxi. The Bulldogs will take on Charlotte in the final game of the opening round on Wednesday at approximately 7:30 p.m.
All games, excluding the championship which will be on CBS Sports Network, of the Conference USA Championships will be nationally-broadcast on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app. All Louisiana Tech games will be broadcast on ESPN 97.7 FM in the Ruston area and 100.7 FM The Ticket in the Shreveport area.
For all the latest on Louisiana Tech Baseball leading into the Conference USA Championship, please follow @LATechBSB on Twitter or visit the official home for Louisiana Tech Baseball at www.LATechSports.com.
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