Louisiana Tech did not win the Conference USA Baseball Tournament, but the Bulldogs will still host a regional at J-C Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston. The Bulldogs fell to Old Dominion seven to five in ten innings in the league title game. Parker Bates hit a solo home run to tie the game in the ninth inning. Bates had three hits and drove in three runs. But Monarchs left fielder Kyle Battle blasted a two-run homer in the tenth inning to win the game.
Then last night, the NCAA announced Louisiana Tech is one of 16 Regional sites. It’s the first time in school history that Tech will host a Regional. Out of the 16 regional sites, seven are SEC schools.
The big question is whether LSU will get into the NCAA Tournament. They are on the bubble and might be the last school to receive an at-large bid. There’s the possibility that Paul Mainieri’s retirement announcement will sway the selection committee to put the Tigers in.
The Regional brackets will be unveiled at 11 AM this morning on ESPN Two.
McNeese and Southern are receiving automatic bids into the NCAA Baseball Tournament. The Cowboys won the Southland Conference Tournamen title game on Saturday with a two to one win over Sam Houston. Clayton Rasbeary hit a two run homer and three pitchers kept the Bearkats to one run, Will Dion, Bryson Hudgens and Cameron Foster. The Pokes have won eight straight Southland Conference championship games.
Southern is also in after winning the SWAC Tournament championship over a week ago.
In major league baseball, former LSU pitcher Kevin Gausman is now 6-and-0 on the season after helping the Giants beat the Dodgers for a third consecutive game. Gausman threw six shutout innings and struck out seven in a five to four victory.
Former Pelican Anthony Davis suffered a groin injury as the Chris Paul and the Suns defeated the Lakers yesterday 100 to 92 to even the series at two games a piece.
In college basketball, former five-star recruit and Arizona Wildcat Jordan Brown is transferring to U-L Lafayette. He’s six foot eleven and averaged nine points and five rebounds last seaosn. His Dad, Dion Brown, played for the Cajuns in the early 1980s.