Louisiana Tech’s bid for a weekend sweep against the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) ended on a disappointing note as they fell 6-1 on Sunday at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park. The Bulldogs couldn’t capitalize on their early opportunities, and a couple of big innings from UAB’s offense proved too much to overcome.
Defensive Battle Takes Center Stage
The Sunday matchup started as a defensive battle, with both teams flashing multiple zeroes on the scoreboard for half the game. Tech’s starting pitcher, Landon Tomkins, made quick work of the UAB lineup, needing just five pitches to get his first three outs. However, UAB’s first hit of the game was a solo home run from Christian Hall, bringing the game to 1-0, but Tomkins and the Bulldogs’ defense were able to limit the damage and keep the game close until the seventh inning.
Seventh Inning Proves Costly for Tech
The top half of the seventh inning saw chaos as UAB loaded the bases with a hit-by-pitch, an error, and a walk. Caden Copeland entered in relief for Tech, but two runs scored as a result of a wild pitch and an RBI groundout. Greg Martinez took the mound, and UAB tacked on one more with an RBI single to make it a 4-0 game. Tech got one run back in the bottom of the inning, but it would be their lone run of the game.
Head Coach Lane Burroughs Disappointed in Missed Opportunity
Although the Bulldogs won the series against UAB, Head Coach Lane Burroughs expressed disappointment in the team’s inability to win the third game and complete the sweep. “It’s kind of been the tale of our season,” Burroughs said. “You get excited, and then you get punched in the face. We haven’t been able to put it together You got to find a way to sweep this series, and we didn’t do it.”
What’s Next for Louisiana Tech
The Bulldogs will host a midweek matchup against the University of Louisiana at Lafayette on Tuesday before facing Florida Atlantic in a weekend series on the road. Tech will look to bounce back and build on their overall record of 24-25 and 13-11 in Conference USA.
Overall, Louisiana Tech put in a valiant effort, but UAB’s offense proved too strong. While the Bulldogs missed an opportunity for a sweep, they will look to regroup in their upcoming matchups and keep their postseason hopes alive. Here are some frequently asked questions and their corresponding answers regarding the entities in the article:
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Louisiana Tech?Louisiana Tech is a public research university located in Ruston, Louisiana. It offers a variety of academic programs in fields such as engineering, business, education, and liberal arts. Its sports teams are known as the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.
Who are the UAB Blazers?The UAB Blazers are the athletic teams representing the University of Alabama at Birmingham. They compete in NCAA Division I and are members of Conference USA. The school offers a variety of academic programs in fields such as health sciences, engineering, and business.
Who is Lane Burroughs?Lane Burroughs is the head coach of the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs baseball team. He has been with the team since 2017 and has led them to multiple successful seasons. Prior to coaching at Louisiana Tech, Burroughs coached at other schools such as Northwestern State and Mississippi State.
Where is J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park?J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park is a baseball stadium located on the campus of Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana. It is the home field of the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs baseball team and has a seating capacity of 3,000 spectators.
What is C-USA?C-USA stands for Conference USA, which is a collegiate athletic conference consisting of schools primarily located in the Southern United States. It was founded in 1995 and currently has 14 member institutions, including Louisiana Tech and UAB.