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Bulldogs baseball begins season swinging

February 21, 2014

 

Will Trahan
Staff Reporter

 

MATON

MATON

After going 19-37 last season, the Bulldogs are looking to have a much better season in their first year in Conference-USA.

 

The team begins the season with a 12 game home stand followed by a three-game series at Texas A&M starting March 7.

 

The Bulldogs will play 29 games at home this year, which means fans will have plenty of chances to come out and support the Bulldogs.

 

The season started this past Friday against Southeastern University.

 

Before the game, Coach Wade Simoneaux said, “I have been trying to get the guys ready this week; we have been fighting the weather trying to get ready for the game.”

 

NAVARI

NAVARI

Going into this new season in a new conference, the Bulldogs are ranked dead last in pre-season rankings.

 

“I saw that and thought it was kind of strange when we only played two of those teams last year, we have no idea about them and they have no idea about us,” Simoneaux said.

 

Simoneaux said the ranking is going to put a chip on his team’s shoulder and it is not how you start but how you finish the season.

 

Maybe the most promising player on Tech’s roster is right-handed pitcher Phil Maton.

 

Maton led the team in almost every pitching category last year and sported a team best 2.70 ERA.

 

The Bulldogs started this season off with a heartbreaking loss to Southeastern in a game that took 10 innings to decide the victor with a final score of 4-2.

 

Maton received a no-decision while giving up just one earned run with three strikeouts.

 

The second game did not go the Bulldogs’ way with a 15-6 blowout.

 

ERVINE

ERVINE

The third game went the Bulldogs’ way with another extra inning game and a final score of 2-1.

 

Richie Navari started on the mound for the Bulldogs as he went nine shutout innings, giving up just two hits.

 

Another key performer in the Bulldogs’ first win is first baseman Tyler Ervine.

 

Ervine had a night to forget the first game, going 1-3 with a strikeout Friday but redeemed himself on Sunday going 2-2 with three walks and a run scored.

 

“I am in my fourth year and opening day is always fast paced and everyone has the jitters, even me,” Ervine said.

 

Last year Ervine had one of the top batting averages but that is not what is important for the senior this year.

 

GALBRAITH

GALBRAITH

“I focused on my average last year, and got away from RBI’s, but this year I am focused on driving in runs,” Ervine said.

 

In relief of Navari’s impressive outing, Laetten Galbraith picked up the win with three hits, one earned run with three strikeouts.

 

“I need to clean up a lot of stuff, but I kept my team in it and did what I needed to do to help my team get its first win,” Galbraith said.

 

The Bulldogs begin a three game series with Tulane University at home starting tomorrow.

 

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