Diamond 'Dogs Set to Compete in Frisco College Baseball Classic
March 1, 2018
RUSTON, La. – On the heels of a tough extra-inning loss to Northwestern State, the Louisiana Tech baseball team will look to regroup and hit the road for the Lone Star State to compete in a three-game weekend at the Frisco Baseball Classic in Frisco, Texas.
Tech will open the weekend with a Friday night matchup against No. 8 Texas A&M (9-0) at 7 p.m. CT. The Bulldogs will then square off with Cal (5-2) on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m., and will wrap up the weekend with a 2 p.m. Sunday finale against the Baylor Bears (3-3).
Louisiana Tech enters the weekend as one of the most lethal teams on the mound in all of college baseball. Tech’s team ERA of 2.08 still ranks as the best among all Conference USA programs, and is the 17th best mark nationally.
Tech’s Friday night opponent in the Aggies, have impressed on the mound as well this season, as their team ERA of 1.89 is the eight-best mark nationally. The Aggies have yet to drop a game this season, but this weekend will be their first trip away from College Station all season.
Tech is slated to throw redshirt junior Matt Miller in Friday night’s contest. The Aurora, Illinois native is off to a fantastic start to the season, posting a 0.82 ERA, while striking out 18 batters and walking just three in 11.0 innings pitched in 2018.
Texas A&M will counter with right-hander Stephen Kolek. The junior owns a 2-0 record early on this season, along with a 0.77 ERA in 11.2 innings pitched. Kolek has struck out 15, while walking four.
At the plate, Tech will look to newcomers Hunter Wells and Chris Clayton, who are both out to strong starts in their first seasons in Ruston. Wells went 4-for-5 in last night’s game against Northwestern State and raised his team-leading batting average to .361. The everyday second baseman leads the team with 13 hits.
Clayton, who has been as reliable as it gets behind the plate, has stepped up in a big way with the bat, posting a .346 batting average, while leading the team with seven RBI and a .500 on-base percentage.
Offensively, Texas A&M boasts a .353 team batting average and has scored 78 runs in its nine games played.
All contests can be watched live on both the Frisco Classic’s Facebook and YouTube channels. All the weekend’s action can be listened to through the LA Tech X Mobile App with Mark Cramer on the call throughout the three-game set.
Be sure to tune in to @LATechBSB on Twitter for in-game updates throughout the weekend.
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