May 9, 2013
RUSTON, La. - The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs will hit the road for the final time in regular season play to face Western Athletic Conference opponent Dallas Baptist in a three-game WAC series be¬ginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Horner Ballpark in Dallas.
LA Tech (16-33, 4-17 WAC) is coming off a midweek defeat at the hands of No. 18 Rice, while Dallas Baptist (25-24, 11-10 WAC) lost earlier in the week to Texas Tech. In WAC play, the Patriots took two of three over UT Arlington last weekend on the road, while the Bulldogs won Sunday's game versus CSU Bakersfield to salvage the weekend series.
"We have got to play this weekend like it is a single-elimination tournament now," head coach Wade Simoneaux said. "We are not dead yet in the standings, and all hands will be on deck this weekend at Dallas Baptist."
Friday's game begins at 6:30 p.m. and the series resumes Saturday with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m. The conference series between both teams will conclude at 1 p.m. Sunday at Horner Ballpark in Dallas, Texas.
Louisiana Tech and Dallas Baptist have met on the diamond 19 times in the history of both programs with the Bulldogs holding an 11-8 advantage over the Patriots in a matchup dating back to 1983. This week's contests will be the first meeting as conference opponents as this is DBU's first sea¬son as a WAC affiliate. The last time Tech defeated the Patriots was March 22, 2012 when the Bulldogs won by a score of 2-1 in Ruston.
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 (.296), hits (50), runs (23), runs batted in (24) and on base percent¬age (.365). Bre'shon Kimbell leads the team in slugging percentage with .395 with 10 doubles, three home runs and 23 runs batted in on the season thus far.
ON THE MOUND
The LA Tech pitching staff has an overall earned run average of 4.38, which is the best of any Bulldog team since 1992, and is led by sophomore Phil Maton, who has a 2.52 ERA in 12 starts in 2013. Tech will send senior LHP James Fer¬guson to the mound Friday and are undecided on starters for Saturday and Sunday.
Dallas Baptist will counter by sending RHP Jake Johansen (Fri.), RHP Cy Sneed (Sat.) and RHP Cody Beam (Sun.) to the mound in all three games this week¬end. The Patriots have an ERA of 5.14 as a whole and have allowed 70 dou¬bles, nine triples and 23 home runs in 49 games this season.
WITH THE CALL
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 from Dallas. The games can also be heard on LA Tech All-Access and live stats will be available by accessing the link on the schedule page on www.LATechSports.com.
After a three-game conference road trip, the Diamond 'Dogs will return home to host in-state foe Northwestern State at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 14 at J.C. Love Field at Pat Pat¬terson Park. Tech will remain at home to close out the regular season with a three-game set versus the UTSA Roadrunners beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 16 in Ruston. The series will resume at 6 p.m. May 17 and the season finale will begin at 4 p.m. May 18 with a senior day presentation on the field scheduled beforehand.
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