April 25, 2012
RUSTON - Coming off an 11 run performance, the Louisiana Tech (18-22, 1-8 WAC) baseball team returns to conference play and hosts the University of Hawai'i (24-16, 4-2 WAC) for a three-game series beginning on Thursday at 6 p.m. at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
Game two is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start on Friday while first pitch on Saturday is set for 3 p.m.
Jeb Stefan (2-6) takes the hill for the Bulldogs in the series opener and is coming off a seven inning, one run performance at New Mexico State. Stefan has struck out 14 hitters and allowed just nine hits in his last two starts (13.2 innings).
Freshman Phil Maton (5-4) gets the start on Friday evening looking for his first win since March 27 (vs. Northwestern State). Maton allowed just four hits in 6.0 shutout innings against the Aggies and leads the club in wins (5), innings pitched (62.0) and ERA (3.19).
Hawai'i sends senior Matt Sisto (7-3) to the hill on Thursday and southpaws Jarrett Arakawa (5-3) and Scott Squier (3-2) in games two and three, respectively.
Tech defeated UALR, 11-2, as the Bulldogs compiled 13 hits while Trevor Petersen held the Trojans hitless in four innings. LA Tech currently has 28 home runs through 40 games after totaling just 28 last season.
Fans can follow the game live via Game Tracker on LATechSports.com or follow @LATechKQueliz for in-game updates and listen to "the voice of the Bulldogs", Dave Nitz, on the LA Tech Sports Network. Thursday and Friday's games will be broadcast on ESPN 97.7 and Saturday's is on KXKZ 107.5.
For complete coverage of Bulldog Baseball, please follow @LATechKQueliz on Twitter or visit the official home of Louisiana Tech Athletics at LATechSports.com.
The first 250 fans will receive free hot dogs compliments of Super 1 Foods on Friday night.
Bring your dogs to the stadium on Saturday afternoon for "Bark in the Park" day. Pay $1 to get your dog in the game and all money raised will go to 4 Paws Shelter in Ruston. There will be a prize for the best dressed dog and there will be additional door prizes and giveaways throughout the afternoon. All dogs must be on a leash to participate
SCOUTING THE RAINBOW WARRIORS
Hawai'i (24-16, 4-2 WAC) enters the series after defeating Grambling State, 11-8, on Tuesday evening at Grambling.
Hawai'i ended Tech's season last year as the Rainbow Warriors defeated Louisiana Tech, 18-10, on May 28 of last season, ending the Bulldogs' season.
RHP Matt Sisto, LHP Jarrett Arakawa, and LHP Scott Squier make up the weekend rotation for Hawai'i as all three starters have made 10 starts. Sisto boasts a 7-3 record and 2.88 ERA with just seven walks in 68.2 innings while Arakawa is 5-3 with a 1.69 ERA. Squier rounds out one of the strongest rotations in the country as the freshman is 3-2 with a 3.23 ERA.
Closer Brent Harrison has recorded six saves and carries a 0.76 ERA into this weekend. The Rainbow Warriors pitching staff has a team ERA of 2.69, fourth lowest earned run average in the country. Its 2.05 walks per nine innings places the staff third in the nation.
Offensively, Collin Bennett leads the club with a .323 batting average and 22 RBI. Stephen Ventimilia is hitting .317 and has compiled 45 hits through 39 games.
The Bulldogs host San Jose State for a three-game series beginning on Friday, May 4 at 6 p.m.