March 4, 2013
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech (3-8) will continue its road stretch with two games midweek against the Baylor Bears (5-6) beginning with a televised contests at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday at Baylor Ballpark at Ferrell Field in Waco, Texas.
The Bulldogs are coming off a 2-1 series loss to McNeese State on the road and will continue their tough road stretch into this week against a Baylor team that is coming off two wins over California and Rice in The Astros in Action College Classic in Houston, Texas.
"We have to keep fighting," head coach Wade Simoneaux said. "It does not get easier, and with Baylor, Nebraska and Rice coming up, it is going to get even tougher. We have to get this team prepared for conference. We cannot worry about RPI. We cannot worry about our record. We have to worry about getting this team ready for conference."
The Bears have come out on top in the last five meetings against Tech, with the latest matchup dating back to 2011 when Baylor took four games from the Bulldogs in Waco. Baylor leads the all-time series with a record of 7-3 over Tech.
Tech will send right hander Omar Ugarte (1-1) to the mound Tuesday in what will be the junior college transfer's second start of the season and his seventh appearance. Ugarte is second on the team in strikeouts with 13 and has posted a 6.48 earned run average up to this point in the season.
Left hander Ben Carlisle (0-0) is scheduled to get the start on the mound for Wednesday's contest against the Bears for his third appearance of the season. Carlisle has started one game for the Bulldogs in 2013 and has posted a 6.35 ERA in 5.2 innings of work for Tech.
The Bulldogs are led by junior first baseman Tyler Ervine who has recorded a team-leading .372 batting average, while also leading Tech in hits (16), runs scored (11) and on base percentage (.438).
Dave Nitz will have the call for both games against the Bears as audio will be available on the LA Tech Sports Network on ESPN 97.7 FM. Tuesday's contest will be televised live on Fox Sports Network Southwest with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m. Wednesday's game can be seen on Baylor All-Access for subscribers on www.BaylorBears.com/allaccess. Gametracker will also be available for both midweek games by accessing the link on the schedule page on www.LATechSports.com.
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