Starting pitchers for Louisiana Tech Bulldogs announced for tonight through Sunday in final regular-season baseball series at Reno, Nevada
May 20, 2010
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RENO, Nev.--Louisiana Tech will play their final WAC regular season series of 2010 this weekend as they travel to Reno, Nev. to take on the Nevada Wolf Pack at Peccole Park.
Friday's game with Nevada (31-19-1, 11-8-1) will mark the 43rd meeting between Louisiana Tech (26-25, 10-10) and the Wolf Pack and will be followed with the rest of the four game series in Reno. Although the Wolf Pack hold a 33-9 all-time record vs. Tech, the Bulldogs managed to win in the last match-up between the two in the last game of the series last season in Ruston by a score of 17-14 on April 5, 2009.
The Bulldogs are coming off of a 13-5 win over Central Arkansas on senior night earlier in the week. In the game Tech set three new single season team school records in hits (645), runs (451) and RBI (411) making it four total on the year as the team has already shattered to doubles record with 132. The previous record was 119.
Tech needs one win this weekend or a single Sacramento State loss at Fresno State in order to clinch a spot in the WAC Tournament next week.
The Bulldogs will send freshman Trevor Petersen to the mound to start game one Friday before Mike Jefferson takes over to start game two. The sophomore lefty is currently Tech's most experienced active pitcher with just 113.2 career innings pitched. Junior right -hander Casey Jones will start the final game Sunday with Saturday's starter undecided.
Tech's offensive juggernaut is paced by second baseman Joey Ford with a .396 average while Devon Dageford is tops on the team with 15 homeruns and Mark Threlkeld leads all Bulldogs with 60 RBI on the year. Dageford has been swinging a hot bat as of late as he is currently riding a 16 game hitting streak and only needs one double to set the school's all-time single season mark of 21.
Nevada took three out of four games from Sacramento State last weekend before winning Tuesday over UC Davis.
The Wolf Pack's pitching staff holds a 5.23 ERA as a whole on the season and will start freshman right-hander Tom Jameson in game one Friday and junior righty Jeremy Cole in game two on the mound with Saturday and Sunday's starters still undetermined.
Offensively Nevada is batting .313 as a team with 60 homeruns and 394 runs scored in 51 games this year.
Individually the Wolf Pack is led by Nivk Melino who boasts a .404 average this year while Brian Barnett leads the team with 14 homeruns and 59 RBI. Shaun Kort is not far behind Melino and Barnett as the senior holds a .368 average with 8 homeruns, 52 RBI and a WAC leading 23 doubles.
Tech fans can follow the action on the radio with the first game of the Friday double-header being on KPCH 99.3 followed by game two on ESPN 97.7. Saturday and Sunday's games will both also be on ESPN 97.7. Gametracker will also be available on www.latechsports.com.