Charlotte blanks LA Tech to take weekend series

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RUSTON – The rubber match between Louisiana Tech and Charlotte had a cold, late-morning Sunday start that saw cold bats produce no runs in a 9-0 loss for the Bulldogs at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.

LA Tech (10-10, 1-2 C-USA) would not get its first hit until the bottom of the fifth inning. The Bulldogs kept things close with the 49ers (8-11, 2-1 C-USA) through those five innings, however, with Alec Sparks (1-1) carrying a 2-0 game into the top of the sixth. It was here that Charlotte slugged out multiple doubles and a home run to make it 7-0. A couple more runs in the eighth and ninth innings for the visitors went unanswered and ultimately resulted in the conference series loss.

Tech would collect just three hits in total, all of them singles from Jorge Corona, Adarius Myers, and Logan McLeod. McLeod managed to reach base in all his appearances, drawing two walks and being hit by a pitch in addition to his single.

Head coach Lane Burroughs says it’s players like McLeod who this program “means something to,” and he’s looking for indicators that leaders on this team who carry the weight of Louisiana Tech Baseball’s recent years.

“This thing took a toll on a lot of people when we were rebuilding it,” Coach Burroughs said. “Right now, it’s not in a good place. I’ve been coaching 27 years.I haven’t felt like this too often in my career. So, we’re going to figure out who this means something to.”

Over the weekend, the Bulldogs hit .180 as a team, a number that Burroughs believes signifies the struggles of the series.

“It’s amazing we won a game,” he said. “We got a win, so I guess that’s a positive. It’s a bad vibe going, and we got to figure it out. We’re going to come to work and keep practicing and keep working, and we’ll figure it out. It’s not going to be cause we’re not out here working, I can assure you.”

The Bulldogs will travel I-20 to face the ULM Warhawks in Monroe on Tuesday, March 21, at 6 p.m. before a weekend series against WKU in Bowling Green.

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