RUSTON – Louisiana Tech hosts another Top 25 baseball battle tonight at J.C. Love Field, when the No. 21 Bulldogs welcome 17th-ranked Dallas Baptist in a 6 o’clock contest at Pat Patterson Park.
The Bulldogs’ February matchup against LSU captured the attention of north Louisiana fans, but tonight’s contest could have equal significance for Tech’s postseason ambitions. Dallas Baptist reached the Super Regional round last June and currently owns the nation’s No. 1 RPI after taking two of three from No. 20 Maryland over the weekend.
The Patriots (15-8) will test the Bulldogs (18-6), who are 21st in Perfect Game USA’s Top 25 and 23rd in Collegiate Baseball’s poll.Tech completed a season sweep of LSU in last week’s midweek action, prevailing 7-6 in 12 innings in Baton Rouge, and then pounded C-USA foe Florida International by a combined 37-4 in a series sweep last weekend.
Taylor Young and Cole McConnell lead the Bulldogs in batting average, both hitting over .360 at the top of the lineup. McConnell collected three doubles, a grand slam and 10 RBI last week.
DBU is riding the hot bat of Jace Grady, who earned Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week honors after posting a .474 batting average, scoring nine runs and collecting 13 total bases.
Photo by SADIE PATTON, Louisiana Tech
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