HOUSTON, Texas – Nate Harris tossed a complete game shutout, while the Bulldog bats compiled 16 hits in a 6-0 win over Rice on Sunday afternoon in Houston.
“It was not an offensive day, a lot like last night with the wind blowing in, but we had some big two-out hits,” head coach Lane Burroughs said. “Of our 16 hits, only two went for extra bases, but we were able to get some clutch two-out hits when we needed them. You knew it was not going to be an offensive day, which is why we tried to bunt and get runs across the board with Nate Harris throwing.”
Harris in just his second career start tossed his second straight complete game shutout, going the distance and allowing just three hits, while striking out six.
“You cannot say enough about Nate,” Burroughs continued. “It was just his second career start and it was his second straight shutout. Last week he tossed a four-hit shutout and this week he threw a three-hit shutout. He got a save on Friday. When he is pitching, you know he is going to be tough to beat and runs will be at a premium.”
At the plate, both Sean Ullrich and Raphael Gladu collected four hits. Combined, the duo went eight-for-ten on the day with four runs scored and two RBI.
The Bulldogs got things started early with a couple of runs both in the first and second inning.
In the top of the first, Gladu singled to right field and with two outs, stole second base. Marshall Boggs came through with the two-out RBI-single up the middle to put the ‘Dogs on the board.
Ullrich got things started in the second inning with a one-out single, that was followed up by a double to left-center by Dalton Skelton. Colby Hamilton got Ullrich home on a sacrifice fly to right center, which put the Bulldogs up 2-0.
LA Tech tacked on another run in the sixth inning, as Lunceford kicked things off with a one-out single through the right side. After Jonathan Washam moved him to second, Ullrich came up with the big two-out hit, an RBI-single down the left field line to give Louisiana Tech a 3-0 lead over Rice.
Louisiana Tech put the game out of reach in the eighth with a two-run frame. Ullrich opened things up with a single to right field and scored later in the inning on a two-out RBI-single from Jordan Washam. Gladu followed and dropped the first pitch he saw into left center for an RBI-single to make it 5-0.
The Bulldogs got some insurance in the top of the ninth when Ullrich belted a one-out double to right field and Skelton followed with an RBI-single.
Nate Harris from the second inning until the end of the sixth retired 14 consecutive Rice batters. Rice held the Owls hitless from the second inning, through the sixth inning.
Louisiana Tech will continue its eight-game road swing, travelling to ULM on Tuesday night for a 6 p.m. meeting with the Warhawks. That game will be broadcast on ESPN 97.7. FM. For continued updates on Louisiana Tech Baseball, please follow @LATechBSB on Twitter or visit the official home for Louisiana Tech Athletics, www.LATechSports.com.