Diamond Dogs open C-USA Tournament today

Louisiana Tech opens play at the 2022 Conference USA Championships today when the Bulldogs face Charlotte at Pete Taylor Park in Hattiesburg.

First pitch is set for 12:30 p.m. and every game this week (except Sunday’s title game) is on ESPN+ and can be heard on KNBB 97.7 FM and on the LA Tech Athletics app.

The Bulldogs (38-18, 20-10 C-USA) are the No. 2 seed in this week’s eight-team, five-day event while the 49ers (35-20, 17-13 C-USA) are the No. 7 seed.

Head coach Lane Burroughs team just won two out of three against Charlotte this past weekend as the two teams will face off for the fourth time in the last seven days.

Mother Nature could have an impact on start times Wednesday as the forecast calls for rain in Hattiesburg. Fans can keep up with all the updates on start times through social media by following @LATechBSB on Twitter.

The tournament boasts a field that includes eight teams all ranked in the top 100 of the most recent RPI with Southern Miss, LA Tech, Old Dominion and UTSA all ranked in the top 50.

Current projects have all four teams making the field of 64, but the results over the next five days could have an impact on who is in and who is out when the NCAA field is released Monday.

The Bulldogs and 49ers will meet for the 21st time on Wednesday afternoon with Charlotte leading the all-time series 13-7. Charlotte won the first game of last week’s series 11-3 before LA Tech bounced back to win 8-3 and 14-5 in seven innings.

LA Tech is 8-10 all-time in the C-USA Baseball Championship having put together their best performance a year ago at J.C. Love Field falling to ODU in extra innings in the title game.