LA Tech pitchers Adam Atkins, Braden Bristo and Phillip Diehl were each drafted on Saturday
Bulldogs win 42 games and return to NCAA Regional
The three wins marked the first time a team has swept Rice in C-USA play since the Owls joined the league in 2005
The series begins at 6 p.m. Thursday and continues at 6 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday
LA Tech and Southern Miss will face off in the rubber match at 1 p.m. Sunday at Pete Taylor Park in Hattiesburg
LA Tech vs. McNeese State (DH) 3/5/14 J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park
2015: Made a total of 16 appearances on the mound, while starting six games for the Bulldogs ... Posted a 4-2 record, one save and a 5.57 earned run average in 51.2 innings pitched ... Allowed 62 hits, 35 runs, 32 earned runs and 30 walks, while striking out 35 on the season ... Second on the team with four pickoffs ... Pitched into at least the sixth inning in five of his six starts ... Pitched a career-high seven innings twice this season against UALR (4/8) and Stephen F. Austin (4/21) ... Held ULM to two runs in 5.2 innings to help lead the Bulldogs to a 3-2 win over the Warhawks (4/1) ... Earned his first career save after closing out the final two innings of a 9-7 LA Tech win at Northwestern State (3/11) ... Struck out a career-high nine batters to pick up his second win of the season at Stephen F. Austin (4/21) ... Named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll for the 2014-15 academic year.
2014: Made 19 appearances on the mound as a true freshman on LA Tech's pitching staff, including making five starts on the season ... Posted a 1-2 record and a 3.00 earned run average, the third best ERA on the team ... Pitched a total of 36.0 innings, while allowing 30 hits, 15 runs, 12 earned runs, 24 walks and 18 strikeouts ... Held opponents to a .238 batting average with four doubles and one home run ... Made his first collegiate appearance on opening night versus Southeastern Louisiana as he pitched 0.2 innings of relief and did not allow a hit or a run ... Earned his first career win on March 25 versus Grambling State after pitching 1.1 innings of relief to help lead Tech to a 4-3 win over the Tigers ... In his first career start on the mound, he pitched 5.0 innings of one-hit baseball and struck out four against UALR on April 15 ... Pitched a season-high 6.0 innings in the start on May 16 at No. 14-ranked Rice, allowing just one run on three hits and striking out four batters he faced ... Named to the Conference USA Commissioners' Honor Roll for the 2013-14 academic year.
High School: Wrapped up a decorated high school career with a total of 15 letters and five state championships in a total of four sports ... Earned letters in football (4), track and field (6), baseball (4) and basketball (1) ... Led the Eagles' baseball team to two state championship titles, while also helping the Eagles on the gridiron with two football state championships ... Won one individual track state championship ... Was named all-state MVP in football and track ... Recognized as an all-state athlete in football, baseball and track ... Played under coaches Micah Harper and John Parker ... Member of the National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... Considered UL-Lafayette, Harding and UL-Monroe before choosing Louisiana Tech.
Personal: Full name is Braden James Bristo ... Son of Daniel and Angie Bristo ... Has one sister, Anna Caroline ... Dad played football at Harding University in the 1980s ... Born Nov. 1, 1994 in West Monroe, La.
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