To see and hear him after the game, you would think Marshall Boggs had accounted for each and every one of Louisiana Tech’s 27 outs during the game. The senior indeed accounted for three before the top of the seventh inning, two of which were strikeouts. His fourth time up saw the burly right fielder finally relax, then send a 2-0 Addison Moss pitch nearly to Fannin Street beyond the walls of Reckling Park. Boggs’ shot was the nail needed for the Bulldogs to win 6-4, and move to 2-9 in Conference USA play.
”It felt good,” said Boggs of his moon shot. “I was having a pretty crappy day all day. Chase [Lunceford] was having a pretty good day, and they walked him and I got a chance to hit. I finally swung at a good pitch. I got lucky, you know? I was just trying to stay relaxed and flush all my other at bats and focus more on the at bat at hand right now. I just got a good pitch to it, made a great swing and the ball flew out of the yard. Lucky enough, with the wind blowing. I just got lucky.”
Boggs’ moment of lucky came with the score tied three all with the Bulldogs having successfully chased Rice starter Matt Canterino, a right hander who struck out eight through his six innings of work. Both of Boggs’ strike outs where by Canterino’s pitches.
“You just have to relax,” said Boggs, who was given a proverbial reset button with a new Rice pitcher in the top of the seventh. “Flush everything that you’ve already done and have a new mindset at the plate, and start swinging at good pitches. You’re successful when you have more good pitches to swing at.”
Bulldogs head coach Lane Burroughs was happy enough just to see his team win. “Tonight’s our first Friday game we’ve won in a long time,” he said. “Big win for us. I’m proud of our guys.”
Burroughs’ observations didn’t stop at the box score, as he too took note of Marhsall Boggs roller coaster day at the plate.
“Boggs struggled all day. He had three at bats where he was swinging at pitches high in the zone and not getting to them,” said Burroughs. “But we preach that your most important at bat is going to be the one at the end of the ballgame, and I thought he did a great job with putting all those other at bats behind him. He’s been through the battles and he stays with it. He doesn’t get too high or too low. He knows how to play the game.”