Baseball Returns Home to Face Lumberjacks
March 14, 2013
RUSTON, La. - After two midweek contests against Rice, Louisiana Tech returns home to begin a 12-game home stand, starting with a three-game series against the Lumberjacks of Stephen F. Austin beginning at 6 p.m. Friday at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston.
This weekend will be a rematch of a game played earlier this season between Louisiana Tech (5-13) and the Lumberjacks after Stephen F. Austin came out victorious in a 10-5 midweek contest at Jaycees Field in Nacogdoches.
"[Stephen F. Austin] beat us soundly over there earlier in the year, and they threw their ace pitcher against us, so we will see him again," head coach Wade Simoneaux said. "We have to be a different team. They beat us 10-5 last time at their place and we were lackluster. Phil Maton is going to pitch for us Friday night and he will pitch well like he always does. He has pitched in four of our five wins, so we have to learn how to win without him on the mound, and it all starts with getting after it offensively, and we look for that to happen in the near future."
Stephen F. Austin (8-8) will ride into Ruston having won five of its last six games, including an 8-3 victory over I-20 foe Grambling State Wednesday. The Lumberjacks will send right hander Chase Greening to the mound Friday night to start things off versus the Bulldogs. Greening is 1-1 on the year with a 2.95 earned run aver¬age. Right handers Kyle Cross and Cameron Gann are scheduled to get the start on the mound for Stephen F. Austin for games two and three of the series on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
Louisiana Tech and Stephen F. Austin have met on the diamond 23 times in the his¬tory of both programs with Tech holding a 17-6 advantage over Stephen F. Austin. The Bulldogs have won 10 of the last 11 meetings against the Lumberjacks, including a 9-5 victory for Tech in 2012 at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
The Bulldogs will send Friday night starter Phil Maton to the mound to start things off against the visitors. Maton (3-0) leads the Tech pitching staff with a 0.36 ERA and 31 strikeouts, while the sophomore right hander has yet to allow an extra-base hit this season. Maton has pitched 24.1 consecutive scoreless innings dating back to the first inning of the season against UT Arlington.
Right handers Trevor Petersen and Richie Navari are scheduled to start the final two games of the series on Saturday and Sunday. Petersen (1-2) comes into the weekend with a 3.09 ERA in 23.1 innings pitched in 2013, while Navari (0-3) has struck out 16 batters he has faced in 17.2 innings this season.
Friday night will see the return of Free Hot Dog Friday as fans will receive free hot dogs courtesy of Super 1 Foods in Ruston while supplies last. Fans in attendance for Saturday's game will receive a free green LA Tech T-shirt while supplies last in honor of St. Patrick's Day. Fans are encouraged to wear the T-shirts to celebrate St. Patrick's Day at Sunday's 1 p.m. game against the Lumberjacks.
Games two and three of the weekend series are set to begin at 3 p.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday respectively. All three games versus the Lumberjacks can be seen and heard on LA Tech All-Access, while fans can also follow all the action on Gametracker by accessing the link on the schedule page on www.LATechSports.com.
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