May 17, 2012
RUSTON - In what could determine the final two teams that qualify for the Western Athletic Conference Tournament, Louisiana Tech (23-24, 6-9 WAC) travels to California to face Fresno State (23-24, 6-9 WAC) for a three-game series beginning on Friday at 8:05 p.m. CT at Pete Beiden Field.
Game two is scheduled for an 8:05 p.m. CT start as well while first pitch on Sunday is at 3:05 p.m. CT.
Jeb Stefan (2-6) takes the hill in the series opener looking for his third win of the season. Stefan, who has not recorded a decision since April 13 (at Nevada) is looking for his fifth consecutive quality start against conference opponents. The redshirt junior struck out three Arkansas hitters in 1.0 inning of work on Tuesday at Dickey-Stephens Park.
Freshman Phil Maton (7-4) gets the call in game two as the right-hander leads the pitching staff in wins (7), ERA (3.01), innings pitched (77.2) and opponent's batting average (.239). Maton struck out four Razorback hitters in Tuesday's game in North Little Rock.
Trevor Petersen (5-4) gets the start in the regular season finale at 3:05 p.m. CT as the junior flamethrower has allowed just three runs in his last 17.0 innings.
Fresno State will counter with sophomore Tyler Linehan (4-5) in game one, right-hander Justin Haley (6-3) in game two and senior southpaw Thomas Harlan (6-7) in game three. The California Bulldogs have a 3.80 team ERA while the offense is led by Trent Garrison and Aaron Judge.
Garrison has a .329 batting average while Judge, the 2011 WAC freshman of the year, has a .320 batting average with four home runs, 21 RBI, 49 hits and 11 stolen bases. The 6'7 sophomore has a conference high .472 on-base percentage as the center fielder has 41 walks through 46 games.
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