LA Tech Baseball to Host No. 18 Rice
May 7, 2013
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech will wrap up a four-game home stand with a midweek non-confer¬ence contest versus No. 18 Rice at 6 p.m. Wednesday at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston.
LA Tech (16-32) is coming off a 9-4 win over CSU Bakersfield this past Sunday with Rice (31-15) taking two of three from UAB last weekend. In previous meetings this season, Rice won both contests in Houston by scores of 4-2 and 7-5.
"All you have to do is say Rice and you know they are good in baseball every year," head coach Wade Simoneaux said. "Wayne Graham is one of the best in the country, and they always pitch well and play the game the right way. It will be a good home game for us Wednesday and then we'll head off to take on a tough Dallas Baptist team."
The game between the Bulldogs and Rice Wednesday night will also mark LA Tech Baseball Greek Night at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
Louisiana Tech and Rice have met on the diamond 31 times in the history of both programs with the Owls holding a 28-3 advantage over Tech in what was previously a Western Athletic Conference matchup between the two schools. This week's contests will be the third meeting against Rice this season as the Owls took two games from the Bulldogs in Houston earlier in 2013.
AT THE PLATE
The Bulldogs are hitting .250 as a whole with junior first baseman Tyler Ervine leading the way. Ervine, a transfer from Weatherford College, leads Tech in bat¬ting average (.303), hits (50), runs (23), runs batted in (24) and on base percent¬age (.373). Bre'shon Kimbell leads the team in slugging percentage with .403 with 10 doubles, three home runs and 23 runs batted in on the season thus far.
As a team, the Rice Owls have a team batting average of .280 with 64 doubles, nine triples and 19 home runs on the season. The Owls are led at the plate by junior outfielder Michael Aquino, who is batting .341 on the season with a team-leading 58 hits, seven doubles, three triples and six doubles in 2013. Senior outfielder Michael Ratterree leads Rice in home runs with eight.
ON THE MOUND
Freshman right hander Adam Derouen will get the start for the Bulldogs on the mound in the midweek contest in what will be his third start of the season. Derouen is 1-0 in 12 appearances and has recorded a 1.93 earned run average in 18.2 innings of work in his freshman campaign.
The Rice pitching staff has an overall earned run average of 3.07, which ranks the Owls in the Top 30 teams in the country. The Owls will counter with freshman right hander Kevin McCanna in Wednesday night's contest. In 13 appearances this season, McCanna is 2-1 with a 4.55 ERA in 29.2 innings pitched. This will be McCanna's fourth start of the season.
WITH THE CALL
The game versus future Conference USA mate Rice can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network on ESPN 97.7 FM with Dave Nitz calling all the action. Fans can also follow along with live stats by accessing the link on the schedule page on www.LATechSports.com, while the game will be streamed live on LA Tech All-Access.
Following the midweek contest against the Owls, the Bulldogs will hit the road for the final time in regular season play to face Dallas Baptist in a three-game WAC series be¬ginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Horner Ballpark in Dallas. All three of those games can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network on ESPN 97.7 FM with Dave Nitz calling all the ac¬tion. The games can also be heard on LA Tech All-Access and live stats will also be available 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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