Bulldogs Fall to Rice in First Round of C-USA Tournament

May 24, 2018

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BILOXI, Miss. – In a game that saw multiple lightning delays and postponements, the Louisiana Tech baseball team fell 6-2 to the Rice Owls on Thursday afternoon in the first round of the Conference USA Tournament on Thursday afternoon.

The game, which was originally supposed to start at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, did not begin until 4:43 due to multiple weather delays in the prior Florida Atlantic/FIU contest. Then, both the Bulldogs and Owls were forced off the field multiple times due to lightning delays. The game was officially suspended in the top of the seventh inning, with Rice owning a 6-1 lead.

The two teams returned to action on Thursday afternoon, and completed the final three innings, with Rice taking a 6-2 victory.

The Bulldogs saw a solo home run from Taylor Young in the top of the third inning, and tacked on a run in the ninth, after Skelton came home via a Rice error, but were stymied offensively by Rice starter Matt Canterino (7-4), who went five innings, allowed just one run on two hits, and struck out five.

Tech starter David Leal (4-4) exited after just three innings, allowing three runs on a season-high four walks. The southpaw allowed four hits, while striking out four, and missed the benefit of the doubt on several borderline calls. Tech head coach Lane Burroughs was ejected by home plate umpire David Condon in the top of the second inning.

Tyler Follis allowed three runs (all earned) on five hits in 1.2 innings of relief. Quinton Logan and Graham Ahlrich provided 4.1 innings of scoreless relief, giving the ‘Dogs ample opportunities to make a dent in the Rice lead. Logan tossed 1.1 innings, allowing just two hits in a scoreless outing, while Ahlrich pitched the final three frames, striking out four and allowed just one baserunner (no hits, one walk).


 

 

The Bulldogs face a quick turnaround, and will take on (6) FIU in an elimination game tentatively scheduled for later tonight at 6:30 p.m. – or at the conclusion of the upcoming Southern Miss, UAB game.

The Owls were led offensively by a three-run blast from shortstop Ford Proctor, while Justin Collins and Chace Sarchet combined to go 6-for-8 at the bottom of the Rice lineup.

Tech will throw left-hander Logan Bailey, while FIU will counter with right-hander Tyler Myrick. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3 and through the Watch ESPN app.

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