Blue Dogs Overpower Red Bulls, 8-3 in Fall World Series
Nov. 2, 2016
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech kicked off its annual Fall World Series on Wednesday afternoon at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park, as the Blue Dogs defeated the Red Bulls 8-3.
Casey Sutton picked up the win, tossing four innings allowing just a lone run, while striking out three and walking one.
"I thought we played hard and competed well," Louisiana Tech head baseball coach Lane Burroughs said. "I think Blue has a really potent lineup. I thought Casey Sutton was outstanding. He had great command and I thought his cutter was working. He hit his spots. You jump up 5-0 and you have Sutton on the mound, it is going to be tough."
Offensively, Jordan Washam was the power behind that 5-0 start. Washam finished the day with three extra-base hits and four RBIs.
Just one batter into the game, Washam put the Blue Dogs on the board with a laser home run over the right field wall, giving his team an early 1-0 edge. Just an inning later, following a Parker Bates RBI-single, Washam stepped into the box with the bases juiced and immediately cleared them with a three-RBI double, putting the Blue Dogs up 5-0.
"One thing we work on is two-strike hitting and two-strike approach," Burroughs said. "Jordan has been our toughest guy to strikeout throughout the fall. He is a two-strike hitter and he flicks the ball down the line and drives in all three runs. He had four RBI through two at-bats. You saw what he can do today, hitting a home run, but also flicking a ball down the line with two strikes."
With Sutton stifling the Red Bulls bats, Nate Harris entered, attempting to slow down the potent Blue Dog offense. Harris would toss scoreless frames in the fourth and fifth, before allowing a single run in both the fifth and sixth innings.
"I am proud of Nate Harris," Burroughs said. "I thought he calmed the storm a little bit. He came in and threw four innings, with five punch outs and no walks. He had a tough-luck play on the Brennan Grant catch on Lunceford, they missed that, but it happens. I was really proud of him for calming the storm and giving his team a chance."
Unfortunately for the Red Bulls, the Blue Dogs would immediately get that run back in the top of the fifth. Seth White found fair territory down the right field line, bringing Colby Hamilton, who was hit by a pitch earlier in the inning, all the way around from first to score.
In the sixth inning, Jordan Washam found the gap in left center with a one-out double. Lunceford followed with a double down the left field line, bringing home Washam and extending the Blue Dogs lead to 7-1.
"I think Red had some tremendous at bats," Burroughs said. "They had some hard contact, but they hit the ball right at them. That's baseball."
The Blue Dogs would add an insurance run in the top of the eighth on an RBI-double from Colby Hamilton.
Kyle Griffen would come on to record the final three outs for the Blue Dogs, securing an 8-3 victory.
Game two of the Fall World Series is scheduled for Friday afternoon at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park. Admission to all three games is free and in-game updates are provided by following @LATechBSB on Twitter.
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