Facing elimination in the 2016 Conference USA Championship, Louisiana Tech quickly put an end to any doubts when the Bulldogs put up double-digit numbers for the second day in a row thanks to a season-high 18 hits to run-rule Charlotte, 13-3, in a shortened eight-inning contest Thursday morning at Pete Taylor Park.
After fighting back from a seven-run deficit after the second inning, Louisiana Tech’s ninth-inning comeback against Rice fell just short as the Bulldogs dropped the Conference USA Championship opener, 13-12, to the Owls Wednesday morning at Pete Taylor Park.
On the cusp of its first conference tournament appearance since 2012, Louisiana Tech will be in a little bit of unfamiliar territory when the Bulldogs open play in the 2016 Conference USA Championship at 9 a.m. Wednesday opposite the Rice Owls.
Louisiana Tech’s Casey Sutton and Jonathan Washam have earned All-Conference USA honors, announced by the league office Tuesday in a vote by the head coaches, sports information directors and media representatives from each school.
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.