Bulldogs Host Old Dominion in Final Regular-Season Series of 2018
May 16, 2018
RUSTON, La. - The Louisiana Tech baseball team will head into the final weekend of regular-season action starting this Thursday - hosting Old Dominion in a three-game set from J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
With the Conference USA Tournament beginning next Wednesday, all league series have been moved up a day. Tech will play at 6 p.m. CT on Thursday, 6 p.m. CT on Friday (Senior Night) and 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
LA Tech (35-18, 18-9 C-USA) currently sits in third place in the C-USA standings, just percentage points behind Florida Atlantic for second. Tech recently took two of three from then No. 9 Southern Miss last weekend. The series win was Tech's first over the Golden Eagles, and snapped a streak of 12-straight C-USA series wins for Southern Miss, dating back to April of last year.
Tech has already clinched a spot in the league tournament in Biloxi, Mississippi, while Old Dominion (15-34, 7-19 C-USA) is one of two C-USA teams that has been eliminated from postseason contention. The Monarchs have been plagued by injuries this season, but still own the league's sixth-best batting average at .278.
Old Dominion is led offensively by Craig Lopez, who leads the team in hitting with a .364 batting average. Culver Lamb leads the squad in both home runs (nine) and RBI (29).
On the mound, Old Dominion has posted a combined team ERA of 5.48. LHP Luke Krantz (1-1, 5.53 ERA, 27.2 IP, 21 K, 8 BB) is set to make the Thursday night start for the Monarchs, while their other two starters have yet to be determined.
Leal is coming off a brilliant relief performance against Southern Miss in Sunday's rubber match. In his first appearance out of the bullpen all year, Leal picked up a four-inning save, while limiting the potent Golden Eagles' lineup to just two hits. Leal struck out five and walked just one, while clinching 8-3 Tech triumph.
Tech has now won 18 games on the road this season - a first for a Tech team since the 1982 squad went 22-11 away from Ruston.
The Bulldogs will honor seniors Graham Ahlrich, Josh Carpenter, Kent Hasler, Dalton Skelton and Casey Sullivan 30 minutes prior to Friday's 6:00 first pitch at the Love Shack. All three games will be streamed on CUSA.tv (subscription required) and will be broadcast on SportsTalk 97.7 with Dave Nitz on the call.
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