Bulldogs Gear up for Weekend Showdown at #10 Arkansas

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RUSTON, La. – 12 games into the 2019 season, the Louisiana Tech baseball team will face its toughest challenge to date, as the team will hit the road for a three-game weekend set against the 10th-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks.

The series opener is slated for Friday evening at 6 p.m., while both Saturday and Sunday’s games are both scheduled for 1 p.m. starts. All three contests will be streamed live on WatchESPN (SEC Network +). Fans can also tune into KNBB 97.7 FM or listen through the LA Tech X Mobile App with Dave Nitz back on the call throughout the weekend.

The Bulldogs (9-3) saw their four-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday, as the Northwestern State Demons got to the Tech bullpen late, scoring five runs in the top of the ninth to take an 8-4 triumph.

In all three of its losses this season, Tech has had either the tying or go-ahead run on base or at the plate.

The Bulldogs and Razorbacks have met three times since Tech head coach Lane Burroughs took over, with Tech securing wins in two of those matchups.

Tech is led offensively by right fielder Mason Robinson, who leads the team with a .373 batting average and 19 base knocks through Tech’s first 12 games. The versatile outfielder is slugging .569 (second best on the team) and is reaching base at a .407 clip.

First baseman Mason Mallard (.370), catcher Chris Clayton (.361), shortstop Taylor Young (.311) and left fielder Steele Netterville (.304) join Robinson in the .300 club.

Tech has outscored its opponents 93-69 so far this season, with most of that damage coming in the middle innings. Through the 5th-7th frames. The Bulldogs have plated 42 runs, while giving up just 15.

Since 2016, the Bulldogs have played 29 games against nationally ranked opponents. Tech has won 17 of those contests, including three triumphs over ranked SEC foes (Two vs. Arkansas, One vs. Texas A&M). Under head coach Lane Burroughs, the ‘Dogs are 6-5 vs. ranked competition, and most recently went 3-3 in 2018. #10 Arkansas is the first ranked opponent Tech has faced in 2019. Last year, Tech knocked off three top-10 ranked teams (#9 Texas A&M and #9 Southern Miss {twice}).

Arkansas (10-1) is riding a five-game winning streak, after defeating Charlotte, 9-2, on Wednesday afternoon.

The Bulldogs are slated to throw RHP Matt Miller (1-0, 5.68 ERA, 12.2 IP, 17 K, 4 BB), LHP Logan Robbins (0-0, 8.03, 12.1 IP, 11 K, 8 BB) and LHP Logan Bailey (1-1, 9.42 ERA, 14.1 IP, 18 K, 5 BB) for the weekend set.

Last season, Miller led Tech in its ranked victory over #9 Texas A&M at the Frisco Classic, as the right-hander pitched seven innings, allowed just one unearned run, scattered five hits and handed the Aggies their first loss of the season.

Meanwhile, Arkansas is slated to throw RHP Isaiah Campbell (3-0, 3.12 ERA, 17.1 IP, 23 K, 3 BB), RHP Connor Noland (0-0, 3.86 ERA, 11.2 IP, 10 K, 4 BB) and RHP Cody Scroggins (0-0, 7.88 ERA, 8.0 IP, 15 K, 4 BB) in that order.

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