Louisiana Tech baseball coach Lane Burroughs lists why he believes his team deserves to make the NCAA Tournament.
Cory Diaz, firstname.lastname@example.org
RUSTON – On Wednesday afternoon, the American Baseball Coaches Association announced the 2018 NCAA Division I All-Region teams, with Louisiana Tech junior pitchers Logan Bailey (first team) and David Leal (second team) earning recognition in the Central Region.
The teams are voted on by members of the American Baseball Coaches Association and the process is led by the ABCA NCAA Div. I All-America Committee.
Both Bailey and Leal also garnered all-conference accolades earlier in the year, while playing a major role in leading the Bulldogs to 39 wins, and a school-record 21 conference triumphs.
With his first-team selection, Bailey is now eligible for ABCA/Rawlings All-America honors, which will be announced on Wednesday, June 20.
Bailey finished his first season as a Bulldog with the second-lowest ERA in Conference USA at 2.24. The left-hander was a perfect 6-0 in league play, with a 2.02 ERA against C-USA foes. His eight wins were the fourth-most in the league, and led the team. Bailey pitched at least five complete innings in 11 of his 14 starts, and allowed two of fewer earned runs in 12 of those starts. The Bulldogs were 12-2 when Bailey took the mound.
Meanwhile, Leal had a spectacular year in his own right – mainly serving as the Bulldogs’ midweek starter throughout the course of the year. The Second-Team All-Conference USA selection finished with the second-lowest ERA in the league at 2.27. He led the team and ranked seventh in C-USA with 87 1-3 innings pitched. His 6.23 strikeout-to-walk ration was third-best in the league and 26th best among national leaders. Leal allowed two or fewer earned runs in 10 of his 13 starts, and posted a WHIP of 0.90, which was second-best in the league and 15th-best nationally.