Bulldogs Return Home to Face Oral Roberts
Feb. 21, 2013
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech (1-3) will return home to the confines of J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park as the Bulldogs are set to face Oral Roberts (1-3) in a three-game set beginning at 6 p.m. Friday for the team's first home series of the 2013 season.
In the last meeting between the two teams, Oral Roberts won a three-game series in Tulsa, Okla. after taking the first two games of the series in 2012. The Bulldogs salvaged the series with a 3-2 win on Sunday.
"Oral Roberts is a team we played last year in three games at their place when they beat us two out of three," head coach Wade Simoneaux said. "They are a well-coached, disciplined ball club that is tough to beat. We are facing a good opponent and we are looking forward to having them at home."
Tech is coming off a midweek victory over the Trojans of UALR on the road, which marked the first win of the season for Simoneaux and his squad after losing three games at UT Arlington to open the season.
This will be the first of six teams that made the NCAA Tournament in 2012 that are scheduled to visit the Bulldogs at J.C. Love Field this season. Oral Roberts posted a 28-21 last season and earned a berth in the Waco Regional where the Golden Eagles opened with a win over Baylor before losing two straight to Dallas Baptist and the Baylor Bears.
Sophomore right hander Phil Maton is scheduled to take the mound for the 'Dogs Friday night after making a brief appearance in Tech's midweek contest with UALR Tuesday night. Maton pitched five innings to open the season against the Mavericks and allowed one run - an earned run - off five hits, while striking out three batters to receive a no decision. Maton leads the team with a 1.59 earned run average in two appearances this season
Senior Trevor Petersen and junior Richie Navari are set to start for the 'Dogs on Saturday and Sunday. Petersen pitched 4.0 innings last Saturday at UT Arlington and allowed two runs - both earned - on four hits to pick up his first loss of the season. Navari started the Sunday contest against the Mavericks and allowed six hits and five runs, all earned, in three innings of work.
The Bulldogs are led at the plate by junior first baseman Tyler Ervine, who transferred to Tech after spending a year at Weatherford College. In four games, Ervine has posted a .429 batting average, totaling six hits in 14 at bats with two runs batted in and three runs scored. Both Ryan Gebhardt and Tyler Qualls are leading the team in RBI with three apiece.
The series is set to kick off at 6 p.m. Friday with new head football coach Skip Holtz scheduled to throw out the first pitch of the season and get things started for the Bulldogs home schedule.
The three-game set against Oral Roberts will resume at 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Several promotions have been set for the opening weekend at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park, starting with the return of Free Hot Dog Friday. Fans can enjoy free hot dogs courtesy of Super 1 Foods in Ruston while supplies last.
The activities continue with Autograph Day scheduled immediately following the 3 p.m. game on Saturday. Fans will be given access to the field postgame to get autographs from their favorite Bulldog baseball players.
Sunday's game will mark the first Kid's Club Sunday of the season as kids will be allowed to run the bases following the 1 p.m. contest Sunday afternoon.
Live stats for all three games will be provided via Gametracker on www.LATechSports.com, the official home page for Louisiana Tech Athletics. Fans can also watch a live stream of the contests with play-by-play by purchasing a subscription to LA Tech All-Access by logging onto www.latechsports.com.
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