With 13 of Louisiana Tech’s 16 NCAA sanctioned programs playing in-season competitions in late February, plenty of Bulldog and Lady Techster sporting events have been scrambled, mostly due to weather, as they head into the weekend.
BASEBALL: Lane Burroughs’ Bulldogs are set to open its season in Baton Rouge this weekend, although the schedule has seen some edits to it over the past 48 hours.
Tech was originally to open Friday and play Notre Dame, Air Force and LSU in consecutive days, but the slate is down to two games and won’t start until Sunday. The Fighting Irish had to drop out due to Covid-19 issues in their program.
The Diamond Dogs will still open their season in LSU’s Alex Box Stadium Sunday at 4 p.m. against Air Force. That presumes Air Force can get out of Colorado Springs, which was in doubt Thursday evening, according to LSU coach Paul Mainieri.
Tech will doubtlessly (barring rain) close out its stay in Baton Rouge with a contest against LSU on Monday at 6:30 p.m. in a game that will be on SEC Network+.
Both games can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network 99.3 FM with Teddy Allen providing the call of the action.
SOFTBALL: The Lady Techsters travel to Lake Charles this weekend to play four games in two days against Arkansas and McNeese State.
Interim coach Bianca Duran and Co. will face Arkansas at 12 p.m. and McNeese State at 5 p.m. on Saturday at Joe Miller Field. Tech will then face the Razorbacks Sunday at 10 a.m. and the Cowgirls at 3 p.m.
All four games can be seen through an on demand subscription to Cowboy Insider at mcneesesports.com.
INDOOR TRACK & FIELD: The Bulldog and Lady Techsters will be competing in the Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Championships Saturday and Sunday at the CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala.
VOLLEYBALL: The Lady Techsters will host a pair of Conference USA matches against Southern Miss on Sunday and Monday at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Due to the women’s basketball game moving to Sunday at noon, the Lady Techster volleyball match against the Golden Eagles will start at 5 p.m.
Monday’s match will begin at 2 p.m. Admission is free.
It will be Senior Day on Sunday as the program will honor eight seniors following the match.
Fans can watch both matches through a paid subscription to CUSA.tv.
SOCCER: The Lady Techsters’ scheduled match at Mississippi Women’s University Saturday is cancelled.
Winners of four straight matches, LA Tech will open Conference USA action next Sunday when they travel to El Pace to face UTEP. Tech will return home to host UTSA March 5 at 7 p.m.
TENNIS: Tech is postponing its match at McNeese State that was scheduled for Saturday in Lake Charles. No makeup date has been determined.
There are a couple more schedule changes for the Lady Techsters. The team will no longer host Missouri State on March 13. Instead, the two teams will play at a neutral site in Jonesboro, Arkansas on the same date. First serve is set for 10 a.m.
LA Tech will turn around the following day on March 14 and face Arkansas State at 10 a.m.
GOLF: After capturing the team title of the LaTour Intercollegiate hosted by Nicholls last weekend, the Bulldog golf team has seen its match-play event against Ole Miss that was scheduled for Saturday postponed.
The Bulldogs are scheduled to travel to Baton Rouge to compete in the LSU Invitational next Friday through Sunday.
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