Sept. 27, 2015
RUSTON, La. - Second-year head coach Greg Goff and the Louisiana Tech baseball team is set to welcome 23 new Bulldogs to the 2015-16 squad, which began fall practices Monday, Sept. 21.
Over the course of the fall season, Louisiana Tech fans will have the opportunity to see the almost two dozen newcomers in action at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park as the Bulldogs prepare for the 2016 baseball season.
For the next two weeks, LATechSports.com will spotlight the newcomers on this year's team, beginning with a trio of outfielders that are new to Ruston.
Jeremy Spring comes to Louisiana Tech from Tacoma Community College out of the Northwest Athletic Conference where he spent two years playing for head coach Ryan Mummert and the Titans. The left-handed hitting Spring wrapped up his sophomore season this past spring with a .364 average at the plate, while totaling seven doubles and three triples.
A native of Bothell, Washington, Spring scored 17 runs and successfully swiped six bases in nine attempts last season while helping lead the Titans to a 36-14 record and the second-most wins in program history. Following his sophomore season with Tacoma, Spring was named a second team all-star by the NWAC, while also earning a spot on the 2015 NWAC All-Academic team.
Another outfielder new to the Bulldogs is Sean Ullrich who signed with LA Tech after spending the 2015 season at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas. Ullrich originally signed and played 14 games with Missouri as a freshman in 2014 before transferring to Johnson County where he helped lead the Cavaliers to a 49-11 record as a sophomore.
Ullrich played in 56 games in his first season with Johnson County while recording a .316 batting average at the dish. From the right side of the plate, Ullrich totaled 41 RBI's, six home runs, 13 doubles and six triples while also stealing 13 bases in the process. In addition to his success with Johnson County last season, Ullrich also impressed for the STL Dodgers this summer in the St. Louis Metro Collegiate Baseball League where he was named an all-star after hitting .406 with 22 RBI's.
Another right-handed hitting outfielder seeing action for the Bulldogs this spring is Christian Whigham who comes to Tech from Midland College in Texas. Whigham started 49 games for the Chaps last season and spent time at all three outfield positions over the course of the season.
He helped guide Midland to 35 wins on the season with a .299 clip, eight doubles, three home runs and 26 RBI's. Whigham also totaled three triples, a .424 on base percentage and stole 17 of the 20 bases he attempted as a sophomore.
LA Tech is currently in the midst of fall practices and will participate in its first scrimmage on Tuesday. The Bulldogs will play a total of 12 intrasquad scrimmages this fall before beginning the annual Fall World Series in late October. The annual three-game series will begin with Game 1 Oct. 27 with the two following games set for Oct. 30 and Oct. 31 (if necessary). Game times and dates for the Fall World Series will be announced at a later date.
Louisiana Tech will hold a Scout Day on the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 3, while the Bulldogs will also host LA Tech Baseball Family Weekend, which is scheduled for Oct. 30-31, with a scrimmage on Friday night and Saturday afternoon.
The Bulldogs return 20 players that saw action for LA Tech last season in addition to the 23 newcomers on the fall roster. The roster will be cut down to 35 players before the start of the 2016 season.
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