LA Tech announces 2021 baseball signing class

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RUSTON, La. – Louisiana Tech baseball head coach Lane Burroughs and his coaching staff are excited to welcome eight student-athletes to the LA Tech baseball program. The 2021 signing class comprises four incoming freshman and four transfers.

The Bulldogs sign Nick Ellis, Zachary Green, Cade Hodges, Mason Kelley, Tanner Knight, Wesley Kreger, Evan Lewis and Landon Tomkins. All eight signees are pitchers – six right-handers and two left-handers. Four states are represented in the 2021 signing class, including three players from Mississippi and three from Texas.

The updated fall roster, which is complete with newcomers’ numbers, is also available.

“My staff and I are excited to bring in these eight outstanding young men and welcome them to the Louisiana Tech baseball family,” Coach Burroughs said. “Our staff did an excellent job finding student-athletes with great talent and great character who are hungry to compete.

“These new Bulldogs will help add depth to our pitching staff, and we are extremely excited for them to get to work with Mike Silva. I want to thank Coach Silva, Mitch Gaspard and Matt Miller for their combined effort and keen set of eyes to help us identify elite talent and bring them home to Ruston. We can’t wait to get on the field and continue building LA Tech baseball into something special.”

The 2021 season marks the opening of LA Tech’s new ballpark. The newly renovated J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park, which will be ready by the start of the 2021 campaign, will also host the 2021 Conference USA Championships.

The Diamond Dogs finished the shortened 2020 season at 11-6, opening the season 4-0 with two wins at Louisiana-Lafayette, one win at McNeese State and a victory over Southeastern Louisiana. Tech returns six hitters who batted over .300 with 50 or more plate appearances from a season ago.

Nick Ellis | 5’10, 170 | LHP | Junior | Keller, Texas | Odessa College
• Notched a 4-0 record with a 2.49 ERA in 21.2 innings as a sophomore at Odessa College
• Struck out 33 batters and allowed just five walks during the 2020 season
• Helped lead Odessa College to a 21-2 record and a No. 6 overall ranking in a shortened 2020 season
• Averaged 17.31 strikeouts per nine innings in 13 innings pitched at home as a sophomore
• Lettered three times in baseball at Keller Central High School

Zachary Green | 6’0, 170 | LHP | Freshman | Hoschton, Ga. | Mill Creek High School
• Earned 1st Team All-Region honors
• Named the 2018 Wilson Premier Most Valuable Player
• Held a 0.82 ERA with a 4-0 record during a shortened 2020 season
• Member of the 2018 Mill Creek High School team that finished as the state runner-up in the 7A playoffs
• Four-year academic scholar at Mill Creek High School
• Lettered three years in baseball and one year in football

Cade Hodges | 6’1, 215 | RHP | Junior | Brookhaven, Miss. | Pearl River CC
• Posted a 1.04 ERA and a 4-0 record as a sophomore at Pearl River CC
• Struck out 24 batters and allowed just two walks in 17.1 innings pitched during the 2020 season
• Named 1st Team All-State as a senior at Loyd Star Attendance Center
• Tabbed the 2A All-State Player of the Year as a sophomore and as a junior
• Helped Loyd Star Attendance Center win the 2017 2A state title
• Finished high school career with a 25-5 record, 1.26 ERA and 214 strikeouts in 161 innings

Mason Kelley | 6’1, 200 | RHP | Freshman | Bullard, Texas | Bullard High School
• Named 1st Team All-District and 1st Team All-County as a junior
• Threw back-to-back no-hitters during his junior year at Bullard High School
• Lettered all four years in baseball and three years in football
• Pitched in the TAPPS Division II State Championship as a sophomore

Tanner Knight | 6’3, 190 | RHP | Junior | Eupora, Miss. | East Central CC
• Posted a 3.01 ERA in 89.2 innings pitched in two years at East Central CC
• Struck out 79 batters and notched five complete games as an underclassman
• Went 4-0 with a 2.82 ERA during a shortened 2020 season
• Named All-District three times, All-District Pitcher of the Year three times and All-District Player of the Year in 2018 at Eupora High School
• Earned 1st Team All-State honors as a junior and as a senior
• Lettered all four years in baseball and football

Wesley Kreger | 6’8, 230 | RHP | Freshman | Georgetown, Texas | Georgetown High School
• Ranked No. 59 overall (No. 28 RHP) in Texas by Perfect Game
• Named a 2020 Preseason 2nd Team All-American
• Finished as the state runner-up in 2019

Evan Lewis | 6’2, 185 | RHP | Freshman | Severna Park, Md. | Severna Park High School
• Named MSABC (Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches) and PBR (Prep Baseball Report) 1st Team All-State
• Tabbed 1st Team All-Anne Arundel County twice
• Ranked No. 15 overall (No. 4 RHP) in Maryland by Perfect Game
• Tossed two no-hitters and six shutouts at Severna Park High School
• Batted .355 over his high school career
• Lettered four years in baseball and two years in football

Landon Tomkins | 6’3, 200 | RHP | Junior | Brandon, Miss. | Hinds CC
• Finished with a 1.71 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 21 innings pitched at Hinds CC
• Led Hinds CC with 18 appearances out of the bullpen as a freshman
• Helped Hinds reach No. 3 in the NJCAA rankings in 2020
• Tabbed a Preseason Under Armour All-American as a junior at Northwest Rankin High School
• Named All-District as a junior

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