LA Tech Hosts Marshall in Final Home Series
May 11, 2017
RUSTON, La. - It has been another unforgettable season at the Love Shack, but there are still three games to go as Louisiana Tech (32-16, 13-11 C-USA) welcomes Marshall (25-23, 12-12 C-USA) for a three-game set that kicks off on Friday night at 6 p.m. at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
The Bulldogs will be looking to pick up their fifth consecutive series victory, after taking two-of-three from FIU last weekend in Miami. The Bulldogs, who started conference play with a 1-7 mark have won 12-of-16 since that point, vaulting themselves to the fifth-place slot in the Conference USA standings.
Marshall will enter the weekend sitting at .500 in conference play and on a five-game win streak after sweeping WKU this past weekend. The Thundering Herd currently sit tied with Rice for the seventh slot, while FIU is just a game behind at 11-13.
At 13-11, Louisiana Tech remains just a game behind Charlotte who is currently in fourth place and two games behind Florida Atlantic who sits in third place.
On Friday night, LA Tech will send freshman Kyle Griffen out to the mound for his second career start. The freshman debuted in a starting role last weekend at FIU and tossed five innings, allowing just three runs in a 14-6 win over the Panthers.
Senior day festivities are set for Saturday, prior to first pitch at 2 p.m. The pregame ceremony is tentatively scheduled for 1 p.m. It will be senior Nate Harris making another start for the Bulldogs. Harris has made six starts this season and gone the distance in three of them, while ranking top-10 in the nation in both ERA (1.31) and WHIP.
Sunday’s finale, set for 1 p.m., will see sophomore Matt Miller toe the rubber. Miller has made three starts this season and holds a 4.28 ERA. Over 27.1 innings pitcher, Miller has struck out 20 batters and allowed just 22 hits.
Marshall will call on Wade Martin, Jacob Niggemeyer and Will Ray as their weekend rotation. Martin holds a 4.09 ERA and has struck out 68 batters in 72.2 innings pitched. Niggemeyer will be making his seventh start of the season on Saturday and has registered a 5.93 ERA through 41 innings pitched. Ray will wrap things up by making his fifth start this season. Ray holds a 4.19 ERA.
All three games this weekend will be streamed on CUSA.TV and all three games will be broadcast on ESPN 97.7 or 107.5 FM in Ruston, depending on the scheduling for the 2017 Conference USA Softball Championship in Hattiesburg. Please stay tuned to @LATechBSB on Twitter for continued updates on radio coverage.
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