March 11, 2014
RUSTON, La. - Fresh on the heels of a win over a ranked Texas A&M squad, Louisiana Tech now returns home for a brief period to host I-20 foe Grambling State in a midweek contest set to begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
The Bulldogs come into this game with 20-3 record against the Tigers, having won 18 straight over Grambling. In 12 seasons, head coach Wade Simoneaux has compiled an 18-1 record over the visiting Tigers, including the Bulldogs' two most recent victories over Grambling, which came during the 2013 season.
"Grambling is never a team we take lightly," Simoneaux said. "We are looking forward to going out there and hopefully keep the momentum we gained this past weekend going heading into this upcoming conference series against Florida Atlantic."
Wednesday's game will be the first of two meetings between LA Tech and Grambling this season, as the Bulldogs will travel to Wilbert Ellis Field at R.W.E. Jones Park in just a few weeks (March 25) to take on the Tigers at their home venue.
A LOOK AT THE TIGERS
Grambling comes into Wednesday's game with an overall record of 3-11 with wins over Morehead State, Texas Southern and Prairie View A&M. The Tigers are coming off a 12-11 win Prairie View at home, but have yet to win a game on the road as they are 0-4 in away contests this season.
At the plate
Tyler Ervine continues to lead the Bulldogs at the dish in multiple categories, including hits (17), at bats (56), runs (7-Tied 1st), home runs (3 - Tied 1st) and runs batted in (13). The senior first baseman comes into this week's game with a .304 batting average. In eight games played, Stephen Gandy now leads the Bulldogs in batting average with a .333 mark thus far, with Taylor Love following behind with a .314 average this season. Bre'shon Kimbell comes in hitting .250 with a team-leading three doubles to go along with three home runs and .481 slugging percentage. As a team, LA Tech is hitting .240 this season with 18 doubles, a triple and eight home runs.
On the mound
The Bulldogs will start junior right-hander Austin Greer, who will get his second start of the season. Greer has appeared in two games for Tech and comes into Wednesday's game with a 6.75 earned run average. He has six strikeouts in 4.0 innings pitched in 2014.
Grambling's pitching staff comes into the contest with a 7.17 ERA in 14 games, while allowing 28 doubles, seven triples and 10 home runs on the season. Opponents are hitting .337 against the Tigers' pitchers in 2014.
Fans are invited to join us Wednesday night at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park for "Bark in the Park" night against Grambling State. All fans are encouraged to bring their dogs to the game! First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Tomorrow's home game against the Tigers will be streamed live on LA Tech All-Access for subscribers. Live stats will aso be available via GameTracker by accessing the link on the baseball schedule page on LATechSports.com.
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