Louisiana Tech pitcher Graham Ahlrich and catcher Brent Diaz have been named to the Conference USA Baseball All-Academic Team, as announced by the league office Monday afternoon.
Louisiana Tech third baseman Chase Lunceford has been selected as the Conference USA Hitter of the Week after the junior helped lead the Bulldogs to an historic series sweep over No. 16 Rice this past weekend to close out the regular season.
Louisiana Tech accomplished something no other team had ever done in Conference USA Saturday when the Bulldogs completed a three-game sweep over No. 16 Rice, a feat no other C-USA opponent has achieved since the Owls joined the league in the summer of 2005.
A lot happened over the course of 15 innings Friday night in Ruston. Louisiana Tech and No. 16 Rice took turns exchanging blows in the third longest game in school history that ended on Chase Lunceford’s two-run walk-off single in the bottom of the 15th inning to give the Bulldogs a 4-3 win over the Owls.
Louisiana Tech scored in five different innings and plated more runs against No. 16 Rice than any other team in Conference USA this season in a 12-2 win over the nationally-ranked Owls to open a three-game series at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston.
In its final series before the Conference USA Championship, Louisiana Tech will host one of the league’s top teams on the diamond this weekend when the 16th-ranked Rice Owls travel to Ruston for the final three-game set of the season against the Bulldogs, beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
Louisiana Tech stranded 10 runners on the base paths as No. 16 Southern Miss won the final game of the weekend, 2-0, over the Bulldogs to take the series Sunday afternoon at Pete Taylor Park in Hattiesburg.
Louisiana Tech could not hang on to an early lead as No. 16 Southern Miss evened the series at one game apiece with a 7-3 victory over the Bulldogs Saturday afternoon at Pete Taylor Park in Hattiesburg.