RUSTON, La. – The seventh inning turned into a home run derby at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park as Louisiana Tech defeated ULM 12-3 on Tuesday night in front of 2,328 fans.
For the first time this season, the Diamond ‘Dogs went back-to-back-to-back as part of a seventh inning that saw LA Tech blast four home runs, leading to a five-run frame.
“I thought Saturday we got our vibe back,” head coach Lane Burroughs. “I thought we had energy and confidence in our dugout that we had not had. We swung the bats well against good arms in Charlotte. I felt like we were back and it carried over to today. Cam Linck was outstanding. I am very proud of him for going out and pitching like he is capable of doing to keep us in the ball game.”
Four Diamond ‘Dogs registered multi-hit days, led by Sean Ullrich and Dalton Skelton who each picked up three hits in the win, while Marshall Boggs and Brent Diaz each had two. Ullrich, Boggs and Skelton all drove in multiple runs, led by Ullrich who registered a career-high four RBI in the win.
With the top of the order struggling to get into a groove, it was the bottom of the order who came through. The six through nine hitters in the LA Tech lineup, Boggs, Ullrich, Cody Daigle and Skelton, combined to go 9-for-14 at the plate with nine RBI, three home runs and six runs scored.
It would be those same hitters who put on a show in the bottom of the seventh inning. After Diaz had homered earlier in the inning, Sean Ullrich hit what will go down as arguably the longest home run on the season to this point, bouncing a two-run shot off of the apartments beyond the wall in left field.
Not to be outdone, Cody Daigle hit a shot over the wall in left center, marking the third time this season the Diamond ‘Dogs had gone back-to-back.
Skelton picked a great time for his first career home run as a Bulldog, pulling one down the line in right field, a solo shot that made it back-to-back-to-back home runs.
When the dust settled, Louisiana Tech held a commanding 12-3 lead after seven innings.
Cameron Linck picked up his third win of the season for the ‘Dogs. The senior entered after the Warhawks put up a three-spot in the second inning, and shut them down over the next 4.1 innings he pitched. In the win, Linck allowed just two hits and no runs over those 4.1 innings.
Graham Ahlrich tossed a scoreless inning, followed by Mark Baughman who faced two batters and struck both out. Nate Harris came on in the ninth and struck out the side.
Louisiana Tech will now gear up for a weekend series against UTSA at the Love Shack. First pitch on Friday afternoon is set for 6 p.m. and the games will be broadcast on ESPN 97.7, while being streamed on CUSA.TV.