Former Grambling State University head baseball coach Wilbert Ellis was inducted into the Southwestern Athletic Conference Hall of Fame during ceremonies in Birmingham, Ala., earlier this week. Ellis, a Ruston native, was a seven-time “Coach of the Year” in the conference and a 2010 inductee into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Louisiana Tech Baseball will kick off the 2015 season with the inaugural First Pitch Dinner, which has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 31 at Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant.
The event will be headlined by Hall of Fame coach Keith Madison, who ended his career in 2003 as the winningest coach in the history of Kentucky baseball with 737 victories in 25 years. Head coach Greg Goff will reunite with his former colleague after he served on Madison’s staff as the Wildcats’ pitching coach from 1999-2003.
Louisiana Tech will attempt to buck the trend of the home team always winning when they take the short bus trip to Natchitoches to face in-state foe Northwestern State at 6:30 p.m. today inside Prather Coliseum in Natchitoches.
Since the rivalry was renewed in 2009, the home team has won all five times with Tech (5-1) being victorious three times in Ruston and NSU (3-3) coming out on top twice in its arena.