Bulldogs Host UTSA in Last Ever WAC Series
May 15, 2013
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech will wrap up its final three-game series of the 2013 season as the Bulldogs take on Western Athletic Conference foe UTSA beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston.
The matchup between LA Tech (19-34, 6-18 WAC) and UTSA (28-23, 12-11 WAC) will be a preview of what's to come next season as the Roadrunners will make the switch to Conference USA along with the Bulldogs at the con¬clusion of this season.
"We want to finish strong," head coach Wade Simoneaux said. "These guys deserve some happy days in that dugout. UTSA is a future Conference USA opponent, so our guys don't want to give in any. For some of our seniors, this could be the last time they step foot out on that field, so we are going to let it all hang out and take it one pitch at a time. These guys have been through ups and downs and fought through it and never wavered when times were tough."
The series between the two teams will resume at 6 p.m. Friday with the season finale scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday. This weekend will mark the last action for the Bulldogs this season after being eliminated from contention for the 2013 WAC Baseball Tournament earlier in the week.
The Bulldogs will meet up with the Roadrunners of UTSA for just the fourth time in the history of both teams Thursday night. UTSA holds a 2-1 advantage over Tech and has won two straight dating back to a three-game series in Ruston in the 2001 season. All three games have been close contests as Tech won the first meeting, 9-8, in 2001 before dropping the final two games, 6-5 and 7-6.
AT THE PLATE
Tech is led offensively by senior infielder Taylor Terrasas, who is batting .289 on the year with a team-leading 55 hits, 24 runs scored and 14 doubles. As a team, the Bulldogs are hitting .249 with 76 doubles, three triples and 16 home runs. Tech is slugging .323 on the season with a .335 on base percentage.
The Roadrunners are led by senior outfielder Daniel Rockett, who leads UTSA in batting average (.352), runs batted in (44) and slugging percentage (.582). UTSA is hitting .302 as a team over the course of 51 games and lead all Western Athletic Conference teams offensively. Two of UTSA's players, Rockett and RJ Perucki are in the Top 10 players in the WAC in batting average.
ON THE MOUND
The Bulldogs will return to their regular starting rotation as senior James Ferguson will get the start for Tech Thursday night with Phil Maton and Trevor Petersen scheduled to start Friday and Saturday. Louisiana Tech's pitching staff has posted 4.43 ERA thus far this season, which is the best of any Bulldog team since 1992.
UTSA will counter with two left handers in Michael Kraft and Nolan Trabanino, who will each get a start on Friday and Saturday. Freshman right hander Brock Hartson will kick off the series Thursday night and has posted a 3.68 ERA in 13 appearances with seven wins in 2013.
Saturday's 4 p.m. contest will mark the final game of the season for the Bulldogs as Tech fans will bid farewell to nine seniors on this year's squad: Dakota Doss, Caleb Dudley, James Ferguson, Jamie Gilley, Austin Hedges, Kody Neel, Trevor Petersen, Taylor Terra¬sas and Corey White. A pregame ceremony will be held to honor the departing seniors who will be recognized for their outstanding effort and play in their time at Louisiana Tech.
WITH THE CALL
The games versus the UTSA Roadrunners can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network on ESPN 97.7 FM with Dave Nitz calling all the action. The series can also be seen and heard on LA Tech All-Access with play-by-play for all three games. Fans can follow all the action with live stats by accessing the link 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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