College Baseball: Technology Dramatically Advances Toward C-USA Title Game

Louisiana Tech Athletic Communications

HATTIESBURG, Mississippi — No. 2 seed Louisiana Tech secures a spot in the C-USA Baseball Championship title game after losing Game 1 9-6 in 13 innings to the No. 2 seed. No. 3 Old Dominion, then a two-run single from Walker Burchfield in game two to clinch it.

LA Tech (41-19, 20-10 C-USA) splits the day with ODU (41-17, 19-11 C-USA) falling to extras in Game 1 9-6 and walking away in Game 2 8-7 as Burchfield delivers a two-run single.

Tech will face UTSA in the Championship Finals at 1:00 p.m. Sunday.

First game

After the Monarchs picked up two runs in the first on an error by LA Tech, Steele Netterville blasted his best 14e home run on a solo shot to cut the lead in half, 2-1.

ODU scored four more over the next two innings on and RBI singles and two long balls. The Bulldogs responded with a three-run that cut the deficit to 6-4 late in the third when Philip Matulia homered for two runs and Adarius Myers anchored in an RBI defenseman’s pick.

After three complete scoreless frames between the two pitching teams, McLeod offered a two-out single to increase ODU’s lead to 6-5.

In the bottom of the eighth, Taylor Young sent a deep drive to right center field that went over the wall and tied the ball game at six a play. This solo home run scored 84 runs scored on the year, breaking his own single-season record set at 83 last year.

After four more aimless pictures we went to 13e inning and ODU tackled a three-run on a high-cut ground ball and a two-run single to take a 9-6 lead.

The Bulldogs fell but had another shot with the Monarchs in the evening.

second game

With six lead changes and a one-lap roller coaster, Walker Burchfield comes into the clutch with a simple pinch shot over the shortstops’ heads to seal an 8-7 victory Saturday night at Hattiesburg.

The Bulldogs took the lead in the first period as Cole McConnell singled out to right field to take a 1-0 lead. With this RBI success, McConnell broke the single-season RBI record at LA Tech which was set at 72 by Ken Shamburg in 1988. Jorge Corona drove Netterville on a sacrifice fly to right field.

The second time in command, ODU had four runs in the fourth with a triple and an error, an RBI double and a two-run homer.

Young took a massive two-run brace down the left field line to tie the score at four a play.

Adarius Myers drove another Bulldog run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly right to regain the lead.

C-USA Player of the Year Matt Coutney responded quickly with a solo shot in the sixth to tie the game.

Jonathan Fincher had his best thing tonight, going a season-high seven innings of work, allowing five runs and striking out eight Monarch batters.

In the bottom of the eighth, Wade Elliott came in with the bases loaded and was able to drive to Myers with a sacrificial fly to left field.

ODU catcher Brock Gagliardi then hit a two-run shot after a technical error to take a lead in the ninth inning.

The Bulldogs had one last chance in the bottom half to make some noise. Netterville walked, McConnell singled, and Corona hit a pitch to load the bases with no outs. After a strikeout, Burchfield came off the bench and the opening pitch lined up a hit over the shortstops’ heads to drive home the winning run and earn a ticket to the title game. of the C-USA Baseball Championship.

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