LA Tech drops Sunday contest to Baylor, 6-1, to conclude Frisco Classic
FRISCO, Texas – The Louisiana Tech baseball team wrapped up its weekend in the Lone Star state with a 6-1 defeat to the Baylor Bears, on a rainy Sunday afternoon from Dr. Pepper Ballpark. Tech finished the weekend with a 2-1 record, claiming the Frisco Championship title, with wins over No. 9 Texas A&M and Cal.
For their performances throughout the weekend, Tech’s Tanner Huddleston, Matt Miller, Logan Bailey and Hunter Wells were voted to the Frisco Classic All-Tournament Team. Huddleston also notched Most Valuable Player accolades, as the junior struck for a pair of three-run home runs, and led all players with seven RBI.
Entering the weekend, the third baseman was hitting just .176 with just six total bases and three RBI. However, in three games in as many days, Huddleston exploded for a .417 average (5-for-12), while leading all players in the tournament with seven RBI and 11 total bases.
Matt Miller had an equally impressive weekend with one of his best starts of the season against one of the nation’s best. Miller was nothing short of brilliant in earning his first win in his third start in a Tech uniform. The junior transfer tossed seven innings, giving up just one unearned run, while holding one of the nation’s most potent offenses to just five hits. Miller did not issue a walk in the game, while striking out six and made the most of his 99 pitches.
Bailey and Wells were also integral pieces of the Tech offensive threat throughout the weekend. Bailey, the first baseman from Hallsville, Texas, led Tech with a .500 batting average in two games. He went 3-for-6 with three RBI and two runs scored. Wells was dynamic as the table –setter for the middle of the lineup, as he went 4-for-12 with three walks drawn.
In Sunday’s contest, Huddleston got things going early for the Tech offense, shooting an RBI-single into center field, for the game’s first run. However, the Bears would capitalize on a bottom of the fifth that saw a pair of Tech errors. With the game tied at one, the Bears scratched across a couple more on an RBI double from Haring with no outs.
Bailey would make it out of the inning with no further damage, but saw Tech facing a 3-1 deficit. The ‘Dogs were unable to capitalize on a pair of runners on with two outs in the sixth.
Baylor would tack on two more to its lead after RBI singles from Cunningham and Haring off of reliever Josh Carpenter.
The Bears would add another run in the seventh and eventually walked away with the 6-1 final. The Tech offense struggled to get runners in, leaving 12 on base.
“Today was just one of those days,” Burroughs said. “I didn’t particularly think either team played well at all to be honest. I’m proud of our guys for coming in here and winning two games against two good teams, but to be elite, and to be great, you’ve got to finish it off. Great teams bring it every day.”
Tech returns to action with a pair of midweek games this week. The team will host Grambling on Tuesday at J.C. Love Field, followed by a Wednesday road contest against UL-Monroe. Tech will then return home for a three-game weekend series against Houston Baptist.
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