In what is shaping up to the biggest weekend for Louisiana College baseball in almost a decade, the Wildcats have announced that this weekend's huge three-game American Southwest Conference series against Texas-Tyler will also serve as "Alumni Weekend" for former members of the LC baseball team.
"This program is all about the family atmosphere that our players and coaches create," said LC head coach Mike Byrnes, "we hope that the guys who have made this program special over the years come back this weekend to support this team and this group of seniors."
Byrnes, who has led his team to eight ASC Tournament appearances in his 13 seasons at the helm, will have an opportunity to do something this coming weekend against Texas-Tyler that no LC team has done before: capture an ASC Eastern Division title.
At 10-5 in ASC play, the Wildcats trail #13 Texas-Tyler (29-8, 12-3) by two games in the conference standings, and a three-game sweep of the Patriots over the weekend would secure the program's first ever ASC Eastern Division Title.
Also worth noting, if the Wildcats are able to take one game from Texas-Tyler, they will lock up a second place finish in the ASC East and home field advantage in the first round of the ASC Tournament. The Wildcats have never hosted a first round series in the tournament since joining the ASC in 2001.
A single Texas-Dallas win over East Texas Baptist over the weekend would also secure a second place finish for the Wildcats.
"This team has an opportunity to do something that no other team has ever done here," said LC junior right handed pitcher Madison Lachney, "but we realize that the sacrifices the guys before us made set us up for this moment, and we want to be standing next to those guys that blazed that trail for us. This is their moment just as much as ours."
All former Louisiana College baseball players are invited to attend and every former player in attendance will be honored on the field in between games on Saturday's doubleheader along with LC's four seniors (Cole Bagbey, Adam Broussard, Chris Bridges, and Seth Webster).
Friday's single nine inning will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday's doubleheader begins with a seven inning game at noon, followed by a nine inning game immediately following.
For Lachney, the thought of having all the former players alongside the team brings chills.
"Even though it's only going to be this year's team on the field against those guy playing for an ASC East title, we're going to feel their prescence out there with us," said Lachney, "we don't want to let those guys down and we know they'll be right there fighting with us to make history."