La Tech and Grambling set for showdown on the diamond Tuesday

[Information provided by: Louisiana Tech Athletics]

Louisiana Tech (13-28, 2-13 WAC) will return to the road as the Bulldogs make the short trip to face I-20 rival Grambling State (14-24, 8-12 SWAC) in a midweek matchup beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Wilbert Ellis Field at R.W.E. Jones Park in Grambling.

This will be the sec¬ond meeting this season between the two teams as Tech defeated Grambling, 6-0, ear¬lier in the campaign at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston. The Tigers are coming off a series sweep at the hands of Southern on the road, while the Bulldogs are looking to rebound after being swept by New Mexico State at home.

"We need a win, so we are going to go over there and play hard and hopefully we can get some type of momentum going before we go to Sacramento State next weekend," head coach Wade Simoneaux said.

As a team, Grambling State has a team batting average of .257 with 54 dou¬bles, 16 triples and 11 home runs on the season. The Tigers are led at the plate by Darren Farmer, who is batting .353 with a team-leading 47 hits and a slug¬ging percentage of .444 this season. Farmer has recorded three doubles, three triples, a home run and 27 runs batted in, which leads all Grambling players offensively.

The Grambling State pitching staff has an overall earned run average of 5.08 with Brock Baker leading the way with an ERA of 2.98. The Tigers are led in strikeouts by Matt Mitchell, who has retired 45 opposing batters on strikes thus far this season.

The game Tuesday will mark the 23rd meeting between the Bulldogs and I-20 foe Grambling State on the baseball diamond, as the two schools have made a tradition of home-and-home series over the years. The Bulldogs have won the 16 straight games against the visiting Tigers. The last time a Grambling team defeated Tech dates back to 2005 when the Tigers won by a score of 10-9 at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston.

Last 5 Meetings (Tech leads 19-3 all-time)
2013 – LA Tech 6, Grambling State 0 (Ruston, La.)
2012 – LA Tech 4, Grambling State 1 (Ruston, La.)
2012 – LA Tech 10, Grambling State 9 (Grambling, La.)
2011 – LA Tech 5, Grambling State 2 (Ruston, La.)
2011 – LA Tech 7, Grambling State 3 (Grambling, La.)