’Dogs crave win over NMSU

April 19, 2012


The Bulldogs are set for a three-game series against New Mexico State starting at 7:05 p.m. Thursday. –Photo by Donny Crowe

Sports Editor


After a dismal start to conference play, the Diamond Dogs are in dire need of a good showing to move up in the conference rankings, as they will take on New Mexico State to conclude their two-week road trip.


Tech will kick off the series against the Aggies with the first two games at 7:05 p.m. Thursday and Friday before finishing the weekend at noon Saturday.


The Bulldogs are 1-5 in Western Athletic Conference play after losing two of three games against Sacramento State at home and getting swept by Nevada last weekend on the road. With the record, the ’Dogs find themselves tied for last place in conference standings with WAC foe Fresno State.


Tech was within four outs of avoiding a three-game losing streak before relinquishing the lead to the Wolf Pack in the eighth inning of the third game and eventually falling 4-3 to conclude the series.


“We let them hang around, and stuff like that can happen on the road if you don’t push yourself and get a bigger lead,” head coach Wade Simoneaux said after the loss. “We had ample opportunities to get leads, and we just didn’t get it done.”


In the last two weekend series, the Bulldogs have won just one game in conference play and are still trying to figure out a successful starting rotation for their weekend series.


Junior righthander Jeb Stefan and freshman Phil Maton are the only pitchers set in stone, while the Game 3 starter continues to be undecided before game time, with juniors Trevor Peterson and Jamie Gilley and freshman Chris Sadberry rotating for the past few weeks.


As for Tech’s performance offensively, the Bulldogs are in need of a spark as they are batting .256 in conference play after the first two weekends and leaving 50 runners on base in that time frame.


Simoneaux spoke of the hardships his young squad has had to deal with early on in the conference schedule and the difficulty of keeping a level head after a disappointing result.


“These young guys have got to learn how to win,” he said. “It’s a tough thing to do-to learn how to win on the road. We’ve just got to keep on plugging and stay positive and think positive thoughts.”


After the tough start to conference play, Simoneaux said his Bulldogs are going to have to persevere through this tough stretch of the schedule in order to get back on track and be competitive in WAC play.


“We’re hard on luck right now,” he said after the series. “We’re all in this together. Collectively as a team, we’ve got to understand how to win a game and the things to do to win a game.”


All three games will be broadcast on the LATech Sports Network on ESPN 97.7 FM with Dave Nitz calling all the action.


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