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’Dogs look to continue WAC win streak against Spartans

May 3, 2012

 

Senior outfielder Justin Gordey dives back into first base in last weekend’s series win over Hawaii. The Bulldogs return to action with a three-game series starting at 6 p.m. Friday against San Jose State at home. –Photo courtesy of Media Relations

DEREK AMAYA
Sports Reporter

 

After the momentum swinging back and forth throughout Western Athletic Conference play, the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are set to finish off their final home series of the 2012 campaign against the San Jose State Spartans.

 

While most of the Bulldogs’ conference games have gone down to the wire and resulted in close losses, head coach Wade Simoneaux and his team are ready to finish off the season on a high note after taking the last two conference games from Hawaii last weekend.

 

Junior pitcher Jamie Gilley, who was just named the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Pitcher of the Week, said playing against conference teams brings out the competitiveness of the team and they are ready to take on the challenge.

 

“You really have to throw it in there,” he said. “If you leave the ball up, they are going to smash it somewhere. That’s the big difference between some of the other nonconference teams we’ve played.”

 

Nearing the end of his record-breaking season, junior closer Caleb Dudley said San Jose State is a team which surprises them every year.

 

“I know they’re a scrappy team,” he said. “They do all the small things right. They’re coached really well. Pitching has always been really good in the past. All around they’re an average hitting team. They execute when they need to execute and get the job done.”

 

The Bulldogs (20-23, 3-9) are sixth in conference behind the fifth place Spartans (21-19, 5-4). A series win would mean the Bulldogs are still in the running for the WAC tournament.

 

“In the WAC, you feel like you have something to prove every week,” Dudley said. “We’re not really well liked in the WAC because we’re from the South. I guess we don’t really fit in the West Coast.”

 

These last three home games of the season at J.C. Love Field, the players are ready to step up their game and leave the home crowd on a high note.

 

“I love playing at home,” Dudley said. “I love our fans. Especially when right field is packed, that’s always fun. You always go out with intensity, but there’s an added sense of intensity when you’re home crowd is there. You always want to get a win with the fans.”

 

Gilley said it’s a tough task but the team knows what they have to do.

 

“San Jose State is a tough team,” Gilley said. “All I know is, we have got to beat them.”

 

The Bulldogs play San Jose State Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6 p.m., 3 p.m. and 1 p.m. at J.C. Love Field.

 

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