DWI suspect arrested at detention center gate

A Madisonville man with a long history of DWI arrests was arrested at the front gate of the Lincoln Parish Detention Center Sunday evening.

It’s unclear if Brian E. Gitz, 46, was trying to enter the detention center, but he was given a tour of the building, courtesy of Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies.

At about 7:30 p.m. Sunday, personnel at the detention center notified LPSO dispatch of a gray sedan at the front gate and the driver appeared to be intoxicated.

Deputy S. Anunciation-Taylor responded and found Gitz in the driver’s seat of the car attempting to talk to the detention center over the intercom. Gitz smelled heavily of an alcoholic beverage and had red watery eyes. He admitted he had started drinking two hours earlier. 

Gitz was very unsteady on his feet and was moved to the detention center sally port where he began vomiting and increasingly unsteady. He was moved to the booking area where he was no longer able to stand and complained of breathing problems. He refused a breath test.

Gitz was transported to the North Louisiana Medical Center emergency room. Testing at the ER showed a blood alcohol content of .213g%.

Prior to being discharged, Gitz became agitated, rolled out of his bed onto the floor, claiming no one would help him. He refused to get off the floor. After being discharged, he became non-compliant and refused to be handcuffed. When escorted out of the ER, Gitz caused two deputies to run into the sliding exit doors. The doors were dislodged and no longer worked properly. One deputy had to return to the ER for an injury sustained when he struck the door.

A criminal history showed Gitz was convicted of his fourth DWI in Covington in 2019.

Gitz was returned to the detention center and booked for 4th offense DWI, resisting an officer, and simple criminal damage to property.

Bail was set at $35,000.

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Former Bulldog receives invite to NBA Draft Combine

Former Louisiana Tech star Kenneth Lofton, Jr., was one of seven players participating in the NBA’s Elite Camp that was extended an invitation to the NBA Draft Combine.

Lofton entered the transfer portal following the completion of the 2021-22 season. And although there were plenty of reports of numerous colleges pursuing Lofton, the power forward has spent his offseason preparing for the next level.

On Monday, Lofton tweeted out “See ya’ll June 23. 100% staying in the draft.”

Following an all-conference season for the Bulldogs, the 6-foot-7-inch Lofton announced via social media on March 22 that he was entering his name in the transfer portal and thanked the University, coaches and fans for their support over the past two seasons.

Lofton has drawn rave reviews during his time at the NBA’s Elite Camp, a three-day event that was held May 15-17 in Chicago that provided draft prospects an opportunity to showcase their skills in front of NBA and NBA G League scouts, coaches and front office executives.

He has continued to impress at the NBA Draft Combine.

“After attempting 20 total 3s in college, his release has been on display at the combine, which shows his potential to thrive from NBA distance. Lofton’s athleticism limits his ceiling, but he compensates for it with really smooth footwork and good IQ. If his 3-point shot can translate, he could become a sneaky-good candidate in the second round. He turns 20 in August and is reminiscent of a faster version of Zach Randolph.” – Sanjesh Singh, NBCSports.com

The 2022 NBA Draft is set for June 23 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.


Uncooperative man arrested at emergency room

A Saline man was taken into custody at the North Louisiana Medical Center early Sunday morning after he allegedly refused to leave.

A Lincoln Parish deputy sheriff at the hospital on another call was approached by the staff regarding an emergency room patient who refused to leave the building. The man, Marcus Henry, 54, of Saline, was reportedly uncooperative and had been instructed to leave the emergency room. 

The deputy instructed Henry to leave but he refused multiple times. Henry was talking incoherently and showing signs of impairment. After repeated attempts to get Henry to leave, deputies had to physically pick him up and take him into custody.

He was booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for disturbing the peace, resisting an officer, and remaining after being forbidden (trespassing).

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A note to recent grads: Always learn, always teach

By Judith Roberts, publisher

Over the years, I’ve been to countless graduations — my own, my husband’s, my friends, and all the ones I have covered over the years. Most of the time, graduation speakers echo similar sentiments: be thankful for the education you received; remember, you didn’t get here without help; give back to your community. I wholeheartedly agree. I would not have received my diplomas without help from family, teachers and friends. I am overwhelmed frequently by my education and from the knowledge my teachers and professors imparted to me. And I very much want to help our community and teach that sense of service to my children.

But that leads me to my main point for this column — learning and teaching don’t end in a classroom.

If I could impart any of my limited wisdom to graduates, it would be to cultivate lifelong learning and teach others what you know. Your education didn’t end when you earned your degree; it just got started.

I would hate to think that I quit learning when my doctorate professor hooded me in 2013. In fact, I think the most I gained during my years as what I liked to call as my “professional student” time is how to learn. We have an immense amount of knowledge at our fingertips. And yes, while there is definitely a time and place for TikTok (which my husband refers to as “digital potato chips”), there is also a time to expand our knowledge. 

And as you’re learning and growing every day (because, yes, learning should occur daily), share that knowledge with others. I heard years ago that you should always have an older person mentoring you and you should always be mentoring someone younger than you. Who are you helping? Who is helping you? What can you learn from that person? What can someone learn from you?

One last word of caution from someone who has experienced a few extra decades of life than most of our recent graduates — don’t agree 100 percent with anyone either. No one is perfect. You should never agree with someone completely; you’re not thinking for yourself if that’s the case. My husband and I get along really well, and we generally agree on most things — but not all of them. And that’s okay. You can disagree with someone and still like that person, still get along.

Your education is just beginning. Don’t let it stay just with you.


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Edwards faces decision on transgender athlete bill

by Kevin McGill

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A bill to keep transgender women and girls in Louisiana from competing on college and K-12 women’s and girls’ athletic teams won final legislative passage Monday in the state Senate, meaning Gov. John Bel Edwards, who has been critical of the measure, will have to decide whether to veto it.

The Democratic governor vetoed similar legislation last year. The Senate voted to override, but the override effort fell two votes short of the two-thirds majority needed in the House.

The bill has passed in both chambers this year with more than enough votes to override a veto, should Edwards decide to issue one. Edwards has consistently declined to say whether he will veto the bill this time.

Monday’s 32-6 Senate vote at the Capitol in Baton Rouge was to approve a House change that removed intramural sports from the bill.

On his radio show last week, Edwards said deleting intramural competition from the measure was significant, but he refused to say whether he would veto the bill again.

“I still believe it’s unnecessary,” Edwards said, doubling down on earlier criticism.

Backers of the bill by Sen. Beth Mizell, a Franklinton Republican, say the law is needed to ensure that girls and women are not unfairly edged out of athletic scholarship opportunities by athletes who are biologically male.

Since last year’s vote, Lia Thomas, a transgender woman, won an NCAA women’s swimming championship. The University of Pennsylvania senior’s victory has been cited repeatedly during the current legislative session by supporters of Mizell’s legislation who say athletes born male have a biological advantage in women’s sports.


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Three Ruston students inducted into the Order of the Engineer

Three Louisiana Tech students from Ruston were recently inducted into the College of Engineering and Science’s Order of the Engineer, an honorary organization dedicated to upholding the standards and dignity of the engineering professions.

The three Ruston students were Justin Griffin, a chemical engineering major; James Henry, a cyber engineering major; and Brandon Vessel, a cyber engineering major.

The COES inducted 104 students and professionals into the Order of the Engineer. This ceremony took place  at the University’s Integrated Engineering and Science Building (IESB) earlier this month.. 

During the ceremony, initiates received Engineer’s Rings, stainless steel rings placed on the fifth finger of the working hand as a visible symbol and reminder of their dedication to high ethical and professional standards. At the same ceremony, they voluntarily signed the Obligation of an Engineer and vowed to use their skills as engineers to serve the public with integrity and honesty. 

“The Order of the Engineer is dedicated to fostering a sense of responsibility and community among professionals,” Dr. Hisham Hegab, COES Dean, said. “I’m pleased that so many of our students pledged to uphold the high standards that Louisiana Tech sets for its engineering and science graduates throughout their careers.” 

“Induction into the Order of the Engineer is an important step in an engineer’s career,” Dr. Heath Tims, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies for the College of Engineering and Science, added. “That so many of these students were willing to take the oath is a testament to the high educational standards and the sense of community that Tech COES graduates carry with them after their undergraduate education ends.” 

The Order of the Engineer has been inducting members for more than 50 years and is open to engineering seniors. Graduates from colleges with ABET-accredited curricula registered professional engineers and exceptional engineers throughout the United States. 


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Click it or ticket program expands border to border

The national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement effort will take place now through June 5.  Troopers will join forces with other law enforcement agencies to provide increased seat belt enforcement, especially at state borders.  This is an effort to get motorists to wear seat belts and understand wearing a seat belt is the best defense against injury in the event of a crash.  

Fatal and serious injury crashes have increased dramatically over the last year.  Nearly 60% of the fatalities on Louisiana’s roads involved unrestrained drivers and passengers.  75% of unrestrained child passengers under the age of 6 were killed and nearly 65% over the age of 6 were killed.  Fatal crashes involving our young adults (ages 15-24) increased by 32%.  These statistics are troubling and simply buckling up can save your life in a motor vehicle crash.

Studies also show that seat belt usage rates decline during nighttime driving hours, in the rear seat and in pick-up trucks.  Troopers will be vigilant and citing those individuals who fail to buckle up. Louisiana law requires vehicle occupants be properly restrained in all seating positions, day or night.

Seat belts protect the body in several ways.  During a crash, the seat belt will lock the occupant in the seat and prevent ejection.  It then spreads the crash forces across the strong bones of the body when worn properly.  The seat belt also allows the body to slow down during the crash, decreasing the chance of internal injuries to the brain and spinal cord.  Motorists are encouraged to take a moment to buckle up—every trip, every time.

Motorists who observe impaired or reckless drivers are encouraged to dial *LSP (*577) to reach the nearest troop location or to dial 911.


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Goals get you nowhere

Now before you start looking for ways to respond and tell me how wrong I am for that title, let me explain.  Goals and objectives have a place in everyone’s life.  They are an important factor in the business world, for athletic teams, for non-profit service organizations, and in personal development and growth.  The use and focus of goals are where the problem lies for many of us.  

First, goals in and of themselves don’t accomplish anything.  Daily habits, committed effort, and focused actions drive long-term results.  While goals may provide direction and temporary motivation, long-term achievement is driven by consistent behavior not a goal statement.  Repetitive actions develop habits which lead to a lifestyle and ultimately an identity.  In the midst of that process, we set goals as evaluation points to monitor our progress.  These evaluation points indicate whether we need to make adjustments or not.

Secondly, I would encourage everyone to start with purpose before setting goals.  Purpose allows us to think long-term and broader in our view of what we are looking to accomplish.  Here again, goals can be used as mile markers along the way to gauge our progress and identify when adjustments are needed.  Goals support the purpose, not the reversal.

For example, several years ago I decided that I wanted to live a healthier lifestyle.  I changed my eating habits and started an early morning workout routine every day.  I set goals within that workout routine from time to time to monitor progress. I even monitor my run times at different mile markers to check my pace and make adjustment where needed.  The goals though are just evaluation points and not the ultimate purpose. 

Goals are often finite and have an ending.  Purpose should not end. Purpose continues even when goals are not met.  Purpose continues when the run time is not what you wanted, the scales don’t provide the number you want, or the scoreboard proclaims another the winner.  While goals can be motivating to some, they can demotivate others if used improperly.  

Start with purpose to frame an identity.  Develop a lifestyle to shape that identity.  Commit to habits to lead to that lifestyle.   Take regular actions to develop those habits.  Set some goals along the way that are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and timely (SMART), but keep in mind, these are mile markers only.  Those regular actions are more important than achieving a temporary goal.  Those actions, habits, lifestyle, and identity lead to sustainable results and a purposeful life.

The progression above is relevant for individuals, organizations, teams, and governments.  We should all be known for our purpose(s).  What’s your purpose?  What’s your organization’s purpose?  What’s your team’s purpose?  Give it some thought and go live a purposeful life!


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Remembering Patrick Louis Thomas

Patrick Louis Thomas, 36, of Ruston (La.), passed away on May 21, 2022, while surrounded by family and loved ones following a brief illness.

Patrick was born on July 15, 1985, to Robert (Bob) and Donna Thomas in Tallulah, Louisiana. Patrick graduated from Neville High School in 2004 where he lettered in baseball and football for the Tigers before going on to play collegiate baseball at Louisiana Tech University.

From an early age, Patrick was happiest when on the baseball field, specifically playing alongside his younger brother and best friend Drew. He grew up playing baseball for the Monroe Youth Baseball Association (MYBA) and was a standout for the Monroe Dixie Majors All-Star team that captured a world series title in 2002. He was an all-state performer at Neville High School before following in his dad’s footsteps by being recruited to play baseball at Louisiana Tech. In his time playing for the Diamond Dogs, Patrick played in 187 games over four seasons and earned All-Western Athletic Conference accolades as an outfielder.

Following graduation from Louisiana Tech and the conclusion of his playing career, Uncle “PT” continued to enjoy his love of the game through watching his nieces and nephew on the playing fields and remained a loyal fan of Louisiana Tech Baseball. After living in Houston, Texas, for several years with his career in the oil and gas industry, he recently moved back to north Louisiana to be closer to family.

Patrick was preceded in death by paternal grandparents C.L. (Jim) and Mary (Dee Dee) Thomas of Delhi, La., and maternal grandfather D.L. (Pat) Bullard of Tallulah, La.

Patrick is survived by his parents, Bob and Donna Thomas of Ruston, three siblings, sister Kathryn Reppond of Monroe and her husband Mitch and their four children, Gracyn, Kennedy, Carlyle and Thomas, brother Drew Thomas of Ruston and sister Anna Claire Thomas of Starkville, Mississippi. Patrick is also survived by his maternal grandmother, Elizabeth (Libby) Bullard of Tallulah, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends.

The family will honor Patrick’s memory by holding an informal celebration of life for friends and family at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 26, at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston.

 In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Patrick can be made to the Louisiana Tech Baseball program online (latechalumni.org/baseball) or mail to LTAC c/o Baseball (PO Box 1190, Ruston, LA 71273).

Online condolences may be extended to the family at www.kilpatrickfuneralhomes.com.


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Notice of death — May 23, 2022

Susan “Susie” Lynn Turner 
February 22, 1968 – May 22, 2022 
Arrangements pending 

Martha Britt  
February 3, 1926 – May 18, 2022  
Visitation: 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 25 at Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, Ruston  
Funeral: 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 25 at Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, Ruston  
Cemetery committal: Wednesday, May 25 at Unionville Cemetery, 6598 Hwy 822, Dubach 


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Tech sets records in Spring 2022 commencement

Photograph by Emerald McIntyre/Louisiana Tech University

In three ceremonies today, Louisiana Tech University welcomed 1,134 graduates to its alumni family of 110,610 graduates around the world. This class is the largest in University history.

Eight new officers were commissioned in the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force. Louisiana Tech also commissioned the state’s first Space Force cadet, Russell Cullen Stultz of Natchitoches.

In addition, Louisiana Tech recognized a record number of students who graduated with 4.0 grade point averages – 38.

Thirty students received their doctoral degrees (AuD, EdD, or PhD), also breaking a University record for a single quarter. During the 2021-22 academic year, Louisiana Tech has awarded 70 doctoral degrees.

Doug Boulware, managing partner of Priority Management Group in Dallas and 1980 and 1993 Louisiana Tech graduate, delivered the commencement address for the 9 a.m. ceremony for graduates of the colleges of Education and Liberal Arts.

“You are the supply, and the demand is greater than ever,” Boulware said. “Now is the perfect time to complete your degrees.”

Boulware advised graduates to find their passion in their lives and careers to find the keys to their future success.

“Your Louisiana Tech degree will get you far is you’re passionate about what you do,” he said. “I love what I do, and I want that for each of you!”

In the 12:30 p.m. ceremony for graduates of the colleges of Applied and Natural Sciences and Business, speaker Scott Poole told graduates to remember those who contributed to their story at Louisiana Tech.

“This day is the culmination of many hours in the classroom, and it is a recognition of the commitment of those who are here to celebrate with you,” said Poole, who is a 1986 Tech Forestry graduate. “Louisiana Tech is a very special place, and I’ve spent a life and career enjoying the benefits of my degree.

“Don’t forget from whence you’ve come, and take the time to look back and give back in service to the place we respect.”

In the 4 p.m. ceremony for College of Engineering and Science graduates, Gen. Anthony Cotton, Commander of Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) and Commander of Air Forces Strategic–Air, U.S. Strategic Command at Barksdale Air Force Base, delivered the final commencement address of the day.

“Today we are here to celebrate your accomplishments,” Cotton said. “You’ve proven you can do it. When you doubt, remind yourselves you are a card-carrying Louisiana Tech grad.”

Cotton advised graduates that their attitude would help determine their ability to work with others, which in turn could influence their future success.

“Louisiana Tech has given you something priceless,” Cotton said. “No matter what happens in life, no one will ever be able to take that away from you.”

During the 4 p.m. ceremony, 1982 College of Engineering and Science graduate Nick Akins, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of American Electric Power, was inducted into the University’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni. He received the University’s highest honor, the Tower Medallion, awarded to those alumni who have distinguished themselves by exceptional achievement, community service, and humanitarian activity.


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Sioux City Explorers honor longtime broadcaster Nitz

By T. Scott Boatright

 

Dora the Explorer has nothing over “Freeway Dave.”

Over the course of a 48-year career serving as a radio broadcaster for Louisiana Tech combined with 16 years of doing the same on the Minor League level, Dave Nitz earned the nickname of “Freeway Dave.”

That’s because he did a lot of driving himself across the country, especially broadcasting for minor league teams.

Nitz’s last minor league job was announcing games for the Sioux City (Iowa) Explorers from 2009-17, with the team mascot seeming especially appropriate for a man nicknamed “Freeway Dave.” 

Last Tuesday Nitz got to once again explore Sioux City for the first time in five years as he was on hand to participate in Opening Day First Pitch ceremonies for the Explorers.”

“I guess it’s true that with all of the driving I’ve done, I’ve done a lot of exploring over the years,” Nitz said. “They brought back five of us — me; Ed Nottle, the first Explorers manager (1993-2000), Benny Castillo, the Explorers; manager 2001-02; Jay Kirkpatrick, the Explorers’ manager 2003-04; and Stan Cliburn, the Explorers’ manager from 2011-13.

“The Explorers are part of the American Association League, which is an affiliate of Major League Baseball. The league stretches from Canada to Texas with teams in Winnipeg, Canada; Fargo, North Dakota; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Lake County and Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Chicago, Illinois; Gary, Indiana; Lincoln, Nebraska; Kansas City, Kansas; Kane County, Illinois; Cleburne, Texas; and Sioux City.”

Over the 16 years Nitz broadcast games in five minor league cities. His first was the then Bluefield Orioles in the Appalachian League. Then came Oklahoma City with the Rangers’ AAA organization; in Shreveport with the Captains and the Sports; and one season for a Baton Rouge Independent League team before closing out his minor league career in Sioux City.

“When I was in Sioux City, they furnished me with a car and gas, and apartment and the whole thing,” Nitz said. “I would drive to most of the road games. The only times I didn’t drive was when we traveled to play up in Winnipeg in Canada. It’s only eight hours straight north from Sioux City on Interstate 29, but the broadcaster for Winnipeg warned me about two things if I drove up there. 

“One was to make sure I got gas before crossing the border, because it’s much more expensive in Canada, and if I parked my car in the parking garage at the hotel in downtown Winnipeg, to make sure I don’t leave anything in the car, because apparently late at night a car with out of country plates will be broken into. So, I rode the bus to Winnipeg.”

But it wasn’t the same kind of bus trip like the ones he’s taken traveling with the LA Tech baseball team.

“It was a sleeper bus,” Nitz said. “We’d leave Sioux City around midnight and arrive in Winnipeg around 8 in the morning, check into the hotel, sleep a little bit and get to the ballpark around 3 or 4 in the afternoon to begin a three- or four-game series.

“After the last game we’d usually bus back to Sioux City, or sometimes we’d travel on to Fargo, North Dakota, which was on the way about halfway home, right on I-29.”

Nitz admitted that when he traveled for two series in Texas in Cleburne and Grand Prairie, he’d often fly down to the Lone Star state as opposed to driving.

“I’d fly in and get a good deal on an Enterprise rental car, because I worked for Enterprise and had a pretty good deal with them,” Nitz said. “So those Texas road trips weren’t a big deal for me.”

Sometimes Nitz was joined on his road trips.

“Every once in a while, the manager Steve Montgomery and the pitching coach would ride with me,” he said. “They didn’t trust the bus driver a lot of times, I guess and said that they’d rather ride with me.

“So they’d ride with me, especially on trips home. We’d talk baseball. You learn a lot of things when you’re in a car with somebody like that, talking strategy and all that kind of stuff with guys who’ve been at the professional level.”

As Nitz prepares to broadcast LA Tech baseball down the stretch, he knows what’s coming this summer.

“I’ve been lost, just to be honest,” Nitz said. “The first year I was back home for the summer, at 4 or 5 o’clock in the afternoon I’d start thinking I need to be at the ballpark getting lineups and doing interviews. 

“Now it’s going out to mow the yard or something like that. I miss it. But I’ve kept up with Sioux City baseball. I broke in the guy who replaced me there as a broadcaster.  So, I guess I’m still exploring through him.”

 


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Gunfire call leads to arrest

A man was taken into custody on several charges after Ruston Police responded to a report of gunshots in the Eastland Avenue area Thursday night.

About 8:30 p.m. Thursday, officers responded to a call reporting multiple gunshots on Eastland Avenue. An officer spotted Deivon James Garr, 22, of Ruston, who matched the clothing description of the suspect. While questioning Garr, a records check indicated he was wanted on a warrant for failure to appear in court on a careless operation of a vehicle charge.

Garr was arrested on the warrant and a search of his backpack revealed a small amount of marijuana, several tramadol tablets and several small plastic bags of a brown crystalline substance Garr admitted was methamphetamine.

Tramadol is a synthetic opioid used to treat pain.

Garr was booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for the warrant, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine) and possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance (tramadol).

Bail was set at $7,000.

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Diamond Dogs close regular season strong

 

Charlotte entered the final regular season weekend of the year as the hottest team in Conference USA.

The 49ers had won 11 of their last 12 league games.

Enter Louisiana Tech.

After falling 11-3 in the first game of the series Thursday, head coach Lane Burroughs and Co. dominated Charlotte, winning 8-3 on Friday and 14-5 on Saturday to close the regular season strong.

With the victories, Tech (38-18, 20-10 C-USA) finished second in the 12-team Conference USA standings and will enter this week’s league championships as the No. 2 seed. Tech will face a familiar foe – Charlotte – in its first game Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. at Pete Taylor Park in Hattiesburg.

“I just met with the guys, and I told them it has been a great journey so far,” said Burroughs following his team’s win on Saturday. “There are a lot of teams whose seasons are over. Going 20-10 usually wins you a championship, but I am proud of our guys considering we are playing in the fourth toughest conference in the country. Not too shabby at all and the journey is not over.”

Saturday’s victory was highlighted by a seven-run first inning that saw the Bulldogs send 10 batters to the plate. Six of the seven runs came with two outs capped by Wade Elliott’s grand slam home run.  

“Our guys had to fight and show some toughness,” said Burroughs. “We kind of got manhandled Thursday night. There have been plenty of times this year when we could have thrown up our hands. But I am very proud of these guys for finishing the season the way they did.”

The Bulldogs are still in the hunt for an NCAA Regional bid. The winner of the upcoming Conference USA Tournament will receive the automatic bid for the league but with four teams ranked in the Top 50 of the most current NCAA RPI, the odds of Conference USA receiving multiple bids is strong.

 

 

 


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