Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tech going to WAC baseball tournament

May 20, 2012 
Seeds Set for 2012 WAC Baseball Tournament
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DENVER--The WAC's regular season concluded Sunday and the seeds are now set for the upcoming WAC Baseball Tournament in Mesa Ariz.

The tournament, which takes place at Hohokam Stadium May 23-26/27 in Mesa, Ariz., will feature the league's top six teams from the regular season.

New Mexico State earned the tournament's top seed and will received a bye into the second day of competition. Sacramento State will be the No. 2 seed and will also receive a bye into the tournament's second day.

Nevada is the No. 3 seed, followed by Hawai‘i (No. 4), Fresno State (No. 5) and Louisiana Tech (No. 6).

The tournament will begin on Wednesday, May 23 with No. 4 Hawai‘i taking on No. 5 Fresno State at 3 p.m. (PT). No. 3 Nevada will play No. 6 Louisiana Tech in the nightcap Wednesday at 7 p.m.


New Mexico State 15, San Jose State 2 (7)

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San Jose, CALIF. – (NMSU Media Relations) The New Mexico State baseball team has earned a share of the regular season WAC title with a 15-2 win over San Jose State, Sunday afternoon, in seven innings of play. This is the Aggies’ first regular season WAC title in school history and the program’s first conference title since 2002.

The Aggies finish the regular season at 35-20 and 11-7 in WAC play. NM State shares the regular season title with Sacramento State and Nevada. The Aggies enters the 2012 WAC Baseball Championships, May 23-27, in Mesa, Ariz., as the No. 1 seed, followed by Sacramento State as the No. 2 seed and Nevada at No. 3.

Louisiana Tech 5, Fresno State 2
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Fresno, Calif. -(LT Media Relations)  A two-out, three-run double by Jacob Derouen was all the Bulldogs needed as four relief pitchers combined for 7.0 scoreless innings to lead Louisiana Tech (24-26, 7-11 WAC) to a 5-2 victory over Fresno State (25-25, 8-10 WAC) on Sunday afternoon at Pete Beiden Field.

Derouen's three-run double were the first runs batted in for the redshirt freshman this season and the bullpen allowed just two hits in Tech's first road conference win of the season.

Chris Sadberry pitched two innings in Tech's regular season finale, striking out one and allowing just one base runner, who reached on an error. Dakota Doss struck out one hitter in 1.0 inning of work. Sam Alvis pitched 1.1 innings with two strikeouts and forced Fresno State to strand the bases loaded to end the seventh inning and preserve a 4-2 lead for the Bulldogs. Caleb Dudley entered the game with one out in the eighth and shut the door for his ninth save of the season.

UNLV 8, Sacramento State 7 (11)
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SACRAMENTO--(Sacramento State Media Relations) On Sunday against UNLV, the Hornets celebrated the accomplishments of seniors Derrick Chung, Trevor Paine, Brent Hottman, Hunter Adrian and R.J. Davis. The Hornets scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the game and force extra innings, but UNLV broke through with two in the top of the 11th and Sacramento State could only muster one run in the bottom half of the inning.

Paine went 3-for-5 with a career-high five RBIs while eight other Hornets had one hit. Davis (1-1) took the loss after allowing both runs in the 11th while UNLV reliever Buddy Borden earned the win and Joe Robinson secured the save.

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Louisiana Tech University to join Conference USA for all sports on July 1, 2013

Louisiana Tech joins Conference USA

2:02 PM, May. 4, 2012  |  
Louisiana Tech will be leaving the WAC after next school year to join Conference USA.
Louisiana Tech will be leaving the WAC after next school year to join Conference USA. / File photo
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RUSTON – Louisiana Tech University accepted an invitation to join Conference USA during a news conference held Friday on Karl Malone Court in the Thomas Assembly Center.
Tech, which has been a member of the Western Athletic Conference since July 1, 2001, will officially become a member of Conference USA in an all-sports move starting July 1, 2013.
University president Dan Reneau said Friday’s announcement is the culmination to years of hard work and dedication by university administrators, coaches and student-athletes.
“This is the dawn of a new era for Louisiana Tech University and a goal we have worked very hard over the past several years to achieve,” Reneau said. “I want to publically acknowledge the efforts of Bruce Van De Velde and his team as well as dedicated alums such as Terry Bradshaw and the Davison family, who were instrumental in helping tell our story and promote our vision for the future of Louisiana Tech athletics.
“Above all, I want to thank the Tech Nation for their loyal support and commitment to the athletics program. You are the spirit of Louisiana Tech and an inspiration to our coaches and student-athletes.”
Tech is one of five institutions that accepted a bid to C-USA along with North Texas, UTSA, Florida International and UNC-Charlotte. The five will join existing members Southern Miss, Tulane, UAB, Marshall, East Carolina, Rice, Tulsa and UTEP to form the 13-team league. According to the league office, additional expansion is possible and divisions will be set in the near future.
“The opportunity to join a conference with a national reputation and a strong regional presence is another step in solidifying our place as north Louisiana’s flagship University,” said Tech athletic director Bruce Van De Velde. “It is a great honor to be invited to Conference USA, a league whose members reflect the same strong academic reputation and rich intercollegiate athletic traditions as Louisiana Tech.”
Conference USA welcomes Louisiana Tech’s 16 NCAA Division I sanctioned sports (9 women’s, 7 men’s) that have combined to capture 29 team titles during its 11-year membership in the WAC.
“Located right in the heart of our Conference, we are so pleased to be able to start this association,” said C-USA commissioner Britton Banowsky, who was present at Friday’s announcement. “The more you learn about Louisiana Tech, the more you appreciate the fine programs they have in place. They have a great tradition, and a wonderful vision for excellence in the future. They will make a great addition to the conference.”