Thursday, April 5, 2007

Early start to the weekend

What do you know, baseball teams in the Bible Belt not playing on Easter?

It's going to happen this year. Both Louisiana Tech and Northwestern State started conference series on Thursday to avoid playing on Sunday. So far the good religious karma is on the side of the Bulldogs and Demons as their pitchers staked them to 1-0 series leads.

Former Airline High standout Jimmy Heard continued to impress in Natchitoches, silencing Stephen F. Austin in NSU's win. Heard has been the key to the Demons in conference. Tech, meanwhile, got 14 strikeouts in a dominating performance by Luke Burnett.

It goes without saying both teams need their aces to be aces down the stretch and it seems Heard and Burnett, both sophomore right-handers, are figuring that out. That in itself bodes well for NSU and Tech.


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