March 7, 2013
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech will get a brief break from the road as the Bulldogs return home to face the Nebraska Cornhuskers in a three-game set beginning at 6 p.m. Friday at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
Most recently, Louisiana Tech (3-10) is coming off two close midweek losses at the hands of Baylor, while Nebraska (4-7) will come into Ruston riding a four-game winning streak after two wins over Northern Colorado this week.
The last time these two teams met resulted in a 3-1 series win for the Cornhuskers in a four-game set played in Lincoln, Neb. in 2012. After losing the first three games in that series, Tech salvaged the fourth game with a 6-5 victory over the Huskers on the road.
This Friday will mark just the fourth game Tech has played on its home field as the Bulldogs are on the tail end of a stretch that has seen them play seven of their first 10 games on the road, and are anticipating a return to J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
"We are going to send (Phil) Maton to the mound Friday and stick him on them, and it is going to be good to play at home," head coach Wade Simoneaux said. "We are looking forward to being back at home."
The Bulldogs will send sophomore right hander Phil Maton to the mound Friday night to face the Cornhuskers in the first game of the series. Maton (2-0) leads the Tech pitching staff with a 0.49 earned run average and has allowed just one run in four appearances this season. The Chatham, Ill. native has struck out 23 batters he has faced and has yet to allow an extra-base hit in 2013. Opponents are hitting .145 against the sophomore in 18.1 innings pitched.
Senior Trevor Petersen and junior Richie Navari are set to start for the 'Dogs in the double header Saturday with Petersen slated for the start in the first game at 1 p.m. Petersen (0-2) has posted a 3.86 ERA in three games started for Tech this season and allowed eight runs - seven earned - and struck out seven. Navari (0-2) has a 7.50 ERA on the season and has struck out 13 batters in 12.0 innings pitched.
The two teams were originally scheduled to play three games Friday through Sunday, but due to inclement weather in the area, Saturday is now slated to be a double feature with a doubleheader scheduled to start at 1 p.m.
Promotions have been set for this weekend's series at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park, beginning with Free Hot Dog Friday. Fans coming out to the ballpark can enjoy free hot dogs courtesy of Super 1 Foods in Ruston while supplies last.
The activities continue with Alumni Day scheduled for Saturday. Simoneaux and the 2013 baseball team will welcome back former players and all Tech alumni to Saturday's doubleheader with a luncheon scheduled from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. To purchase tickets for the luncheon, please contact Jimmy Washington at the Marbury Alumni Center at 318-255-7950 or by emailing email@example.com.
Saturday's doubleheader will also feature a T-shirt toss courtesy of Southern Designs T-Shirts. Free T-shirts will be tossed into the stands throughout both games Saturday. Central Federal Credit Union is also set to donate $5 to the Boys and Girls Club of Ruston for every run the Bulldogs score in the first game Saturday.
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.
Additional parking for fans and spectators for this weekend's series will be available in the lot across Tech Drive adjacent to the Lady Techster Softball Complex.
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