Bulldogs finish season with a lot on the line

In the most recent DIBaseball projections, Louisiana Tech is one of 64 teams to be selected for the NCAA Regionals.

Those are just projections.

However, head coach Lane Burroughs and Co. have a punchers chance as the Bulldogs wrap up the regular season with a three-game series starting tonight at Hayes Stadium in Charlotte.

Start times are 5 p.m. CT tonight and Friday and then 12 p.m. on Saturday. The contests can be heard on 97.7 FM with Teddy Allen providing a call of the action. They can be seen through a paid subscription to ESPN+.

Tech (36-17, 18-9 C-USA) is currently alone in second place in the Conference USA standings, two full games behind league leader Southern Miss. Tech has a one-game lead over UTSA and Middle Tennessee and a two-game lead over FAU, Old Dominion and Charlotte (34-18, 16-11).

Tech, which hosted the C-USA Tournament last season and then hosted its first ever NCAA Regional, is trying to play its way into this year’s national postseason event. The Bulldogs will join seven other league programs in Hattiesburg next week for the 2022 C-USA Championships.

But first, the Bulldogs have to face the league’s hottest team in Charlotte, winners of 11 of its last 12 Conference USA games.

The Bulldogs weekend rotation is slated to be Cade Gibson (5-3, 4.82) on Thursday, Ryan Jennings (5-1, 4.25) on Friday and TBA for Saturday.

Charlotte rolls into play having won six out of their last seven games while taking a midweek game from South Carolina on Tuesday night 8-3 and winning two out of three on the road at FAU. The Niners are 11-1 in their last four conference series.

The Bulldogs and 49ers will meet for the 18th time on Thursday night with Charlotte leading the all-time series 12-5. The last time these two schools met was back in 2018 in Ruston as Charlotte took two out of three with the Bulldogs.