RUSTON, La Louisiana Tech sophomore pitcher Tyler Follis pitched seven strong innings, striking out three and not allowing a single hit, in Tech’s 6-1 triumph over the ULM Warhawks on Wednesday evening in front of a crowd of 1,920 from J.C. Love Field.
The Tech (17-6, 3-0 C-USA) was in control throughout the evening, consistently staying ahead of the Warhawk (11-9, 2-1 Sun Belt) hitters and keeping them off balance. Had it not been for a combined 43 pitches in the first inning, the right-hander might’ve had the gas to close out the contest. From the second to the sixth inning, Follis became absolutely dominant, retiring 12 straight Warhawk hitters at one point.
“He (Follis) deserved the opportunity to go back out there in the eighth,” head coach Lane Burroughs said. “He was tired, but he earned that right to go back out there. He’s got a long career ahead of him, so we want to take care of him as best we can, but wow, was he outstanding tonight.”
The midweek starter for the Bulldogs set new career-highs in innings pitched (7.0), batters faced (25) and pitches with 109. For the season, Follis lowered his ERA to a miniscule 0.77 mark, and has tossed 23.1 innings, while allowing just two earned runs, and striking out 21.