May 13, 2013
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech will begin its final four-game home stand of the season as the Bulldogs take on in-state foe Northwestern State beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston.
LA Tech (18-34) is coming off its first series victory of the season after taking two of three from conference mate Dallas Baptist on the road. Northwestern State (15-37) lost two out of three to Nichols State this past weekend. The last time these two teams met, the Bulldogs defeated the Demons 3-1 on the road.
"This has been a good little rivalry with Northwestern State being about an hour and a half away," head coach Wade Simoneaux said. "We played a very close game with them earlier in the year at their place, so we are looking forward to playing those guys tomorrow."
Tuesday night's game will mark Free Coozie Night at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park as fans in attendance will receive free Bulldog Baseball coozie's upon entry into the stadium while supplies last.
The Bulldogs face a familiar foe Tuesday as the Demons of Northwestern State will travel to face Tech for the 147th meeting in the history of this in-state rivalry. Tech holds an 86-60 advantage in head-to-head matchups and has won five of the last six meetings, most recently with a win over Northwestern State earlier in 2013 by a score of 3-1 in Natchitoches.
ON THE MOUND
The Bulldogs will start freshman right hander Adam Derouen on the mound Tuesday to face off against the Demons in what will be his 14 appearance of the season and his fourth start. Derouen (1-1) has posted a 3.32 earned run average in 21.1 innings pitched in his first season at Louisiana Tech.
AT THE PLATE
Tech is led offensively by senior infielder Taylor Terrasas, who is batting .290 on the year with a team-leading 54 hits, 23 runs scored and 14 doubles. As a team, the Bulldogs are hitting .248 with 74 doubles, three triples and 16 home runs. Tech is slugging .322 on the season with a .333 on base percentage.
The Demons are led by senior Will Watson, who leads Northwestern State in batting average (.311), hits (57), runs batted in (22) and on base percentage (.397). Watson has successfully stolen eight bases out of 12 attempts on the season, as the Demons have stolen 45 bases as a whole in 2013. Northwestern State is hitting .242 as a team over the course of 52 games.
WITH THE CALL
The game versus the Demons can be seen and heard on LA Tech All-Access with play-by-play of all of the action. Fans can also follow all the action with live stats by accessing the link on the schedule page on www.LATechSports.com.
Following the midweek contest versus the Demons, Tech will play hosts to the Roadrunners of UTSA in the final weekend of Western Athletic Conference play. The series will kick off at 6 p.m. Thursday at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park and continue at 6 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Sunday.
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