May 25, 2010
MESA, Ariz.--Louisiana Tech will begin WAC Tournament play Wednesday night as the fifth seed as they take on the four seed Hawaii in the first round at 6 p.m. CT at Hohokam Stadium.
As soon as the Bulldogs finished their series with Nevada last weekend they left the 35 degree weather of Reno, Nev. and are now in the 95 degree heat of Mesa, Ariz.
For the second straight year Louisiana Tech will take on Hawaii in the first round of the WAC Tournament. Last year the Bulldogs came out on top in the tournament after a walk-off homerun by catcher Clint Ewing. Earlier this year the two teams met in Ruston and split a four game series with LA Tech winning the final game 14-6. This is the 48th meeting between the `Bows and the Bulldogs with Hawaii holding a 25-23 edge all-time vs. Tech.
Tech will start freshman right-hander Trevor Petersen (5-8, 7.19) on Wednesday in hopes of a repeat performance of his last start vs. the Rainbows in which Petersen threw a complete game and earned the win as the Bulldogs topped Hawaii 9-5 in Ruston.
Offensively Tech has been outstanding in 2010 as they rank nationally in a number of different categories including Hits (12th), Batting Avg. (19th), Scoring (22nd), Runs (17th), Slugging Pct. (22nd), Doubles (20th) and Home Runs (25th). The Bulldogs have also broken a number of school records which includes single season hits, runs, doubles and RBI.
Individually Tech is lead by senior Devon Dageford with a .382 average and 17 homeruns on the year while Mark Threlkled leads the team with 62 RBI. Dageford has also broken an individual single season school record with 21 doubles on the year.
Hawaii (29-25) will hold the number four seed in the tournament after finishing with a 12-12 record in WAC play.
The Rainbow's pitching staff holds a 5.02 ERA as a whole on the season and will start right-hander Josh Slaats on Wednesday. Slaats completed a seven innint shut-out in his last outing vs. the Bulldogs. The `Bows alos have one of, if not the best closer in the WAC in Lenny Linsky who has posted a 1.57 ERA on the year with 11 saves.
Offensively Hawaii is batting .279 as a team with 47 homeruns in 54 games this year.
Individually Hawaii is led by shortstop Greg Garcia with a .353 average while Jeffrey Van Doornum leads the team with 11 homeruns. Collin Bennett is tops on the team with 43 RBI.
Tech fans can listen to the game live with Dave Nitz bringing the action on ESPN 97.7. A live internet feed will also be available on www.WAC.tv. Gametracker will be available on www.latechsports.com.