LA Tech Concludes Regular Season at Middle Tennessee
May 17, 2017
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - With a postseason appearance already secured, Louisiana Tech (35-16, 16-11 C-USA) will wrap up the regular season with a three-game set on the road this week at Middle Tennessee (22-30, 8-19), beginning Thursday night at 6 p.m.
Louisiana Tech enters the weekend in a tie for third place in Conference USA with Florida Atlantic, but there are five teams separated by just two games. Louisiana Tech controls its own destiny for a top-three seed in the The First, A National Banking Association Conference USA Baseball Championship at MGM Park in Biloxi, Mississippi which kicks off next Wednesday.
All three games of the series will be streamed to CUSA.TV and broadcast on ESPN 97.7. The first game of the series will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday. Friday night’s game will also be set for 6 p.m., with Saturday’s finale scheduled for 1 p.m.
The Bulldogs clinched their spot in the tournament with a three-game sweep of Marshall, joining Southern Miss, Old Dominion and Florida Atlantic as teams to clinch a spot. With the standings so tightly packed, the postseason picture likely won’t start to take shape until Friday or potentially Sunday.
For the first time in program history, LA Tech won six consecutive conference series and can make it an astonishing seven straight this weekend on the road in Murfreesboro. It will be a tall task though as Middle Tennessee owns one of Conference USA’s top offenses in one of the most hitter-friendly parks in the conference.
As a team the Blue Raiders are a hitting over .300 and have registered the second most hits in the conference this season. LA Tech will look to match the offensive output of Middle Tennessee, as the Diamond Dogs are also hitting over .300 this year.
The weekend rotations for are set, beginning with a dual on Thursday night between Louisiana Tech left-hander Kyle Griffen facing Middle Tennessee’s right-hander Carson Lester. Griffen holds a 5-1 record with an ERA of 3.60 while Lester enters with an 0-4 record and an ERA of 9.08.
Friday, the Blue Raiders will have the tall task of facing Conference USA’s best pitcher in Nate Harris who holds a perfect 8-0 record and a 1.65 ERA. Harris will go up against Blue Raider Jake Wyrick. Wyrick, a southpaw, has a 3-2 record this year with an ERA of 6.57.
Saturday’s finale will see a matchup of Matt Miller and Middle Tennessee’s Cody Puckett. Miller who has been impressive in his role as a start has a 1-1 record and a 4.45 ERA. Puckett holds a 3-4 record and a 4.86 ERA.
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