Diamond Dogs travel to FAU for weekend series

The Bulldogs travel to face FAU in a three-game series starting tonight in Boca Raton. (Courtesy Photo)

Courtesy of LA Tech Athletic Communications

After spending the last five games at home, Louisiana Tech hits the road to take on Florida Atlantic in a three-game conference series this weekend.

The series starts tonight at 5:30 p.m. followed by single games Saturday (3 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m.).

The Bulldogs are in fourth place in the C-USA standings while the Owls are half a game back in a three-way for fifth.

LA Tech (25-25, 13-11) is coming off a 12-8 victory over rival UL-Lafayette this past Tuesday. Down two after allowing six unanswered runs by the Ragin’ Cajuns, Walker Burchfield hit a pinch-hit grand slam to propel the Bulldogs to the win. He became the third Bulldog this season (along with Ethan Bates and Brody Drost) to hit a grand slam.

LA Tech blasted four home runs in the victory, marking the sixth time this season they have hit at least four homers in a single game.

Florida Atlantic (28-21, 12-12) had won five straight, tied for its longest winning streak of the season, prior to suffering a Sunday conference loss at Charlotte and a midweek road defeat to Florida Gulf Coast. Those five victories came in a three-game sweep over FIU and taking the first two games in the series versus the 49ers.

FAU is 22-8 at home this season, including 8-4 in C-USA games. Six of those conference home wins came in sweeps over FIU and Middle Tennessee.

Florida Atlantic leads the all-time series over LA Tech, 6-5. Despite being C-USA opponents since 2014, this will be just the fourth time LA Tech and FAU face off in a weekend series (2014, 2019, and 2022).

The Owls took two of three from the Bulldogs last season in Ruston while the Bulldogs won two of three in 2019, the last time they played in Boca Raton. Eight of the 11 meetings have come in Florida or in the Conference USA Championship