College Baseball Daily continues our series of interviews with coaches from across the country today with Louisiana Tech head coach Wade Simoneaux. He is entering his ninth season in charge of the Bulldogs as he has a career record of 202-243-1. Last season saw them go 27-30 and 11-13 in the offensively loaded WAC. Continue reading
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RUSTON, La. – Louisiana Tech baseball head coach Wade Simoneaux announced the Bulldogs’ 2011 schedule Tuesday afternoon. The 57-game regular season schedule features 31 games at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in addition to 14 games against four teams that played in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
“We really worked hard to get more home games on our schedule because this team was at a slight disadvantage the last couple of years playing more road games,” said the ninth-year head coach. “We tried to really build our home schedule to help give them that confidence going into conference play.”
The 2011 slate will pit the Bulldogs against teams that have a combined 17 College World Series appearances and two College World Series titles.
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RUSTON, La. – Louisiana Tech head coach Wade Simoneaux named Brent Porche the programs new volunteer assistant as the Bulldogs opened fall practice at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park Friday afternoon.
“We’re going to ease into fall practice and it’s mainly to give them reps and see as much as we can from our dual players,” said Simoneaux. “We’ve got nine guys that are position players that also pitch and we need to determine whether or not they are going to continue to do both or choose one or another.”
Day two of the 2010 WAC Tournament saw the first elimination as 3-seed Nevada ousted 5-seed Louisiana Tech 3-1. The 2-seed New Mexico State fell 13-7 to 4-seed Hawai’i and 1-seed Fresno State held on to defeat 6-seed San Jose State. There will be two elimination games played on Friday as the field will be whittled down to three by the end of the day.
The 2010 WAC Baseball Tournament got underway on Wednesday afternoon and fans were treated to an extra-inning game and an upset on day one as 4-seed Hawai’i came from behind twice to defeat 5-seed Louisiana Tech 8-7 and 6-seed San Jose State shut out 3-seed Nevada 6-0.
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MESA, Ariz. – The Western Athletic Conference today released its 2010 all-WAC baseball teams and postseason awards as selected by the league’s head coaches. Fresno State junior first baseman Jordan Ribera was named the Player of the Year and Nevada junior Brock Stassi earned Pitcher of the Year honors. The Freshman of the Year award went to San Jose State pitcher Zack Jones. Fresno State’s Mike Batesole was named WAC Coach of the Year.
The 2010 WAC Tournament is being held in Mesa, Ariz. at Hohokam Field, better known as the spring training facility of the Chicago Cubs. This marks the first season since the tournament was reinstated in 2006 that it is being held at a neutral site. After another competitive conference season, Fresno State emerged as the regular season champion. It’s their fourth regular season title in five years with a conference record of 16-8. New Mexico State finished in a tie for second place with Nevada at 14-9-1 but earned the 2-seed in the tournament by virtue of the Aggies’ head-to-head record of 2-1-1 against the Wolf Pack. Hawai’i earned the 4-seed with a strong finish as they won six of their final eight conference games to finish 12-12 in league play. Louisiana Tech is the 5-seed having lost three of their final four conference games to finish 11-13 and San Jose State is the 6-seed having lost three of their final four conference games to finish 9-15 after winning the regular season last year with a 15-7 record. Sacramento State finished in seventh place and ends their conference season with a record of 7-17 in league play and 18-35-1 overall.
Week seven of WAC play sees the end of the WAC regular season and as the final weekend starts, nothing has been determined. Three teams (Fresno State, New Mexico State and Nevada) have a shot at winning the regular season and three teams (Hawai’i, San Jose State and Sacramento State) still have work to do to make the WAC Tournament.
1. Fresno State (32-22, 13-7)
2. New Mexico State (36-21-1, 14-9-1)
3. Nevada (31-19-1, 11-8-1)
4. Louisiana Tech (26-25, 10-10)
5. Hawai’i (26-24, 9-11)
6. San Jose State (20-32, 8-12)
7. Sacramento State (17-32-1, 6-14)
SERIES OF THE WEEK
Nevada (31-19-1, 11-8-1) vs. Louisiana Tech (26-25, 10-10)
Peccole Park, Reno, NV
Here is your SEC Recap for May 11th.
NASHVILLE — Jason Esposito’s solo home run off the roof of adjacent Memorial Gym in the bottom of the 17th inning lifted Vanderbilt to an 11-10 win over Louisville Tuesday night at Hawkins Field.
The Commodores won their third straight game to improve to 36-13 overall while the Cardinals fell to 40-9 on the year.
U of L reliever Andy Flett recorded the first two outs of the 17th before Esposito crushed a 0-1 changeup over the "Green Monster" fence in left field and onto Memorial Gym to win the game. It was his team leading ninth homer of the year, ending a game that went five hours and 33 minutes.
Week five of play in the Western Athletic Conference sees the battle between rivals New Mexico State and Fresno State with first place on the line. The two teams faced each other for the conference championship in last year’s conference tournament as Fresno State staved off two elimination games to win the tournament title for the fourth consecutive season. Sacramento State visits Louisiana Tech while San Jose State head to Reno to face Nevada.
1. New Mexico State (34-12-1, 13-2-1)
2. Fresno State (26-20, 7-5)
3. Nevada (24-17-1, 5-6-1)
T4. San Jose State (17-26, 5-7)
T4. Sacramento State (16-25-1, 5-7)
T6. Hawai’i (23-22, 6-10)
T6. Louisiana Tech (21-22, 6-10)
SERIES OF THE WEEK
New Mexico State (35-12-1, 13-2-1) vs. Fresno State (26-20, 7-5)
Presley Askew Field, Las Cruces, N.M.