Baseball Opens WAC Play at Home with Seattle
March 22, 2013
RUSTON, La. - After two midweek victories, Louisiana Tech will continue its 12-game home stand and put a four-game winning streak on the line as the Bulldogs open Western Athletic Conference play against conference newcomer Seattle beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston.
The series will continue at 1 p.m. Sunday with the third and final game scheduled for a 6 p.m. start Monday night at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
The Bulldogs will welcome Seattle (8-12) to Ruston for the first ever matchup between the two teams after the Redhawks made the move to Division I baseball and joined the WAC for the 2012-13 seasons.
"Our guys have to defend our home turf," head coach Wade Simoneaux said. "Our first six conference games are at home and we have to take care of game one. [Seattle] has beaten some good teams and we have to be ready to play. We have to play our game. We have to pitch, play defense and get those timely hits."
Tech (9-14) will come into the weekend series with a 7-4 record at home and have won four straight contests on its home field in Ruston. During that four-game stretch, the Bulldogs are hitting .336 with 47 total hits, including 10 doubles, a triple and a home run. Tech pitchers have held opposing hitters to a .214 batting average while striking out 27 and posting a 2.00 earned run average over the course of the last four games.
Seattle will make the long trip to Ruston after having won two of three games from UC Davis at home last weekend. The Redhawks are 5-8 on the road this season and have won four of their last five games, including three series victories in their last three weekends of play.
ON THE MOUND
The Bulldogs will go with their normal weekend rotation against Seattle with sophomore right hander Phil Maton (3-1) getting things started in the first game Saturday afternoon. Senior Trevor Petersen (2-2) will get the ball Sunday with right hander Richie Navari (1-3) finishing up the series Monday night versus the Redhawks.
As for the visitors, Seattle will send freshman right hander Ted Hammond (1-0) to the hill Saturday and follow up with left hander Garrett Anderson (1-3) in Sunday's game. Junior left hander Andrew Olson (1-3) will wrap things up for the Redhawks Monday night.
AT THE PLATE
Junior shortstop Ryan Gebhardt is leading the Bulldogs offensively with a .305 batting average and 25 hits on the year. Gebhardt has totaled a team-leading six doubles on the year and scored 14 runs for Tech in 2013. As a team, Seattle has compiled a .258 batting average, led by senior outfielder Sean Narby, who has compiled 25 hits, eight doubles, two triples and a home run while batting .342 on the year.
Saturday and Sunday's contests mark March of Dimes Days in which there will be a raffle and giveaways throughout both games to support the cause of March of Dimes. Sunday will also see the return of Kid's Club Sunday.
FOLLOW THE ACTION
All three games versus the Redhawks can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network on ESPN 97.7 FM with Dave Nitz providing play-by-play for the first two games of the weekend. Josh McDaniel will have the call for Monday night's contest on ESPN 97.7 FM. The games this weekend can also be seen and heard on LA Tech All-Access with a live stream and play-by-play of all of the action. Fans can also follow all the action on Gametracker by accessing the link on the schedule page on www.LATechSports.com.
For complete coverage of Bulldog Baseball, please follow @LATechBSB on Twitter or visit the official home of Louisiana Tech athletics at www.LATechSports.com.
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