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Nevada-Louisiana Tech baseball preview box

BASEBALL: NEVADA (4-2) at LOUISIANA TECH (3-2)

When: Today, 4 p.m.; Saturday, 1 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.

Where: Love Field, Ruston La.

Radio: ESPN 630 AM, pre-game starts 15 minutes before first pitch

Coaches: Gary Powers (Nevada); Wade Simoneaux (Louisiana Tech)

Probable starters: NEVADA – C Jordan Opdyke (.239, 5 HR, 10 RBI); 1B Terry Walsh (.283, 6 HR, 25 RBI); 2B Leo Radkowski (.258, 4 HR, 19 RBI); SS David Ciarlo (.229, 3 HR, 11 RBI); 3B Matt Bowman (.367, 4 HR, 20 RBI); LF Matt Suleski (.235, 0 HR, 4 RBI) or Trevor O’Sullivan (.243, 0 HR, 2 RBi); CF Durell Williams (.239, 0 HR 4 RBI); RF Shawn Scobee (.352, 11 HR, 27 RBI); DH Bake Krukow (.242. 0 HR, 12 RBI). TECH – C Mims Boyce (.277, 1 HR, 6 RBI); 1B Albie Goulder (.368, 2 HR, 21 RBI); 2B Amos Ramon (.394, 4 HR, 17 RBI); SS Joey McCarthy (.333, 0 HR, 6 RBI); 3B Ryan Hamilton (.336, 1 HR, 19 RBI); LF Brandon Hudson (.281, 3 HR, 12 RBI); CF Adam Cobb (.304, 4 HR, 17 RBI); RF Brian Ryke (.318, 3 HR, 17 RBI); DH Jericho Jones (.429, 5 HR, 22 RBI).

Probable pitching matchups: FRIDAY – Nevada’s Tim Schoeninger (3-2, 3.46) vs. Luke Burnett (3-3, 1.77); SATURDAY – Nevada’s Travis Sutton (3-1, 3.67) vs. Matt Lacy (3-2, 4.07); SUNDAY – Nevada’s Steve Taylor (0-1, 3.49) vs. Jericho Jones (5-0, 6.16).

Scouting Nevada: The Pack lost two of three against Sacramento State and had their nine-game win streak snapped in the process … A struggling Ryan Rodriguez (3-4, 5.28) has been replaced in the starting rotation by sophomore Steve Taylor … Nevada went 5-1 against the Bulldogs last year, outscoring them 47-24… Nevada is 1-9 away from Peccole Park … Sutton is 1-0 with a 1.38 ERA in his last 13 innings … Bowman leads the Pack with 12 multi-hit games … Nevada plays well with a lead. Nevada is 13-0 when leading after the sixth and seventh innings. Conversely, the Pack is 0-11 when trailing after six, and 0-13 when trailing after seven and eight.

Scouting Louisiana Tech: The Bulldogs are much improved, and they enter the series hitting over .300 as a team … Louisiana Tech beat No.3-ranked Mississippi State 13-12 with a two-out seven-run rally on Tuesday … The Bulldogs have three hitters in the top 15 – Ramon, Goulder and Hamilton.