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Diamond Dawgs brace for Patriots

March 22, 2012

 

Freshman pitcher Phil Maton and the Bulldogs are set for a three-game series against Dallas Baptist starting at 6 p.m. today –Submitted Photo

Anna Claire Thomas
Sports Editor

 

 

The Louisiana Tech Bulldog baseball team is set for a three-game home series against the Patriots of Dallas Baptist after postponing a pair of midweek games due to bad weather.

 

The first game of the series is set to begin at 6 p.m. today at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.

 

The Bulldogs will take to the field for the first time since salvaging the weekend series against Nebraska in the Sunday matchup by a score of 6-5.

 

Despite its latest victory, Tech is looking to get back in the win column, after notching a 1-4 record while on a five-game road stretch that saw the ’Dogs play five games in five consecutive days, including a midweek matchup with Creighton at Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.

 

With nagging arm injuries causing a hindrance in the Bulldogs bullpen, head coach Wade Simoneaux will need to monitor his limited pitching wisely in order to knock off Dallas Baptist over the weekend.

 

Tech will head into the weekend series with an overall record of 10-10, and a record of 5-3 at home with hopes of gettting back above .500 at this time in  the season.

 

After 20 games played, the Bulldogs still do not have a set lineup heading into the series, having used 20 different lineups over the course of all of their games.

 

The series will more than likely prove to be a tough matchup for Tech, as Dallas Baptist will come into the contest with an impressive record of 13-6 on the year, with the Patriots having won their last seven games.

 

Tech fans will see a slightly different starting rotation of freshman Phil Maton, junior Jeb Stefan and junior Trevor Peterson to set the tone for the weekend hoping for good outings in each game.

 

With their weekend rotation all but set in stone, the Bulldogs will still need plenty of support out of the bullpen, junior pitcher Jamie Gilley will more than likely get the chance to work out of the bullpen as opposed to his regular Saturday start time.

 

Maton has been a welcome addition to Simoneaux’s rotation, with his team high earned run average of 3.56 and 31 strikeouts making his freshman year close to perfect.

 

With pitching covered, Tech will no doubt need their bats to show up in order to knock off the Patriots this weekend and will rely heavily on the bat of sophomore shortstop Ryan Gebhardt.

 

Gebhardt comes into the contests with a team leading batting average of .430 and nine doubles on the season.

 

After Thursday night’s matchup, the ’Dogs will face the Patriots at 6 p.m. Friday before the series finale at 1 p.m. Sunday.

 

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

 

For complete coverage of Bulldog Baseball, follow The Tech Talk Sports twitter page at www.twitter.com/techtalksports.

 

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