Baseball Continues Road Stretch at McNeese State
Feb. 28, 2013
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech (2-6) is set for a showdown with the McNeese State Cowboys (4-4) in a three-game road series for the Bulldogs beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Cowboy Diamond in Lake Charles, La.
Tech is coming off a midweek loss to Stephen F. Austin, 10-5, in Nacogdoches, Texas, and is looking to break its current three-game losing streak this weekend against the Cowboys.
The Bulldogs will send sophomore right hander Phil Maton (1-0) to the mound to start things off Friday night. Maton is coming off an 11-strikeout performance last week versus Oral Roberts and leads the staff with a 0.79 earned run average.
"We still have (Phil) Maton, (Trevor) Petersen and (Richie) Navari starting this weekend," head coach Wade Simoneaux said. "We always feel good with Phil (Maton) on the mound [on Fridays]. Maton gives us probably our best chance to win, and we want to get back on a winning note starting at McNeese."
McNeese State is coming off a midweek split with LSU-Alexandria on Wednesday and the Cowboys swept Arkansas-Pine Bluff in three games last weekend at home. The contests this weekend will mark the ninth home game for McNeese State as the Cowboys have not played a road game thus far. The Cowboys will send freshman right hander Bryce Kingsley (1-1) to the bump to face the Bulldogs. Kingsley has recorded a 0.64 ERA with 14 innings under his belt.
Louisiana Tech and McNeese State have met on the diamond 127 times in the his¬tory of both programs with Tech holding an 80-47 advantage over the Cowboys. The Bulldogs have won four of the last five meetings against McNeese, including series victory for Tech in 2012 at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park. Tech took the first two games of the series last season, 13-2 and 5-4, before dropping the third and final game to the Cowboys, 4-3, on Sunday.
Senior Trevor Petersen (0-1) and junior Richie Navari (0-2) are set to start for the 'Dogs on Saturday and Sunday. Petersen pitched 5.1 innings last Saturday versus Oral Roberts and allowed two runs - one earned - on four hits. Navari started the Sunday contest against the Golden Eagles and allowed four hits and four runs - two earned - in 4.1 innings of work to pick up a loss.
The Bulldogs are led at the plate by shortstop Ryan Gebhardt, who is hitting .379 on the season with 11 hits, six runs batted in and two doubles in eight games played. Gebhardt also leads the team with a .448 slugging percentage in 2013.
Games two and three are scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sun¬day respectively. The games versus the Cowboys can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Net¬work on LA Tech All-Access with play-by-play by Josh McDaniel. Gametracker will also be available by accessing the link on the schedule page on www.LATechSports.com.
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