For the second consecutive day, Southern pitching was pounded in a 15-0 run-rule loss at the MLB Urban Invitational Tournament in New Orleans.
Louisiana Tech (2-0) slugged 14 hits to go along with 10 walks, and defensively, the Bulldogs played error-free. Catcher Brent Diaz was 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs.
Four Tech pitchers combined to throw a five-hit shutout. Bulldogs starter Phillip Diehl (1-0) allowed three hits and struck out eight batters in four innings.
Second baseman Robinson Mateo had two hits to lead Southern (0-2). Jaguars starter Harold Myles (0-1) lasted four innings, giving up nine hits and nine runs — only two of which were earned.
“We were aware of the things that could happen,” said Southern coach Roger Cador, who expects four potential starters to join the team later in the season.
“We’re playing without a full deck right now. Obviously, we’re better than what it looks right now, but playing all freshmen, you’re asking them to do things they’re not ready for.”
With a 2-0 lead after three innings, Louisiana Tech started a two-out rally in the fourth that produced a total of 11 batters with seven runs scored on six hits. The inning included two doubles by Diaz, two sacrifice fly balls, a bunt single and back-to-back doubles by Cody Daigle and Taylor Love. The latter gave Tech a 9-0 lead after four innings.
Southern issued two bases-loaded walks in the fifth, and Jonathan Washam hit an RBI for a 12-0 Bulldogs advantage. Washam added a two-run double in the sixth, and the Bulldogs added another run in the seventh for the final margin.
Combined with its 7-0 win over Prairie View on Friday, the two season-opening wins are the first back-to-back shutouts for Tech since 1997.