Pending Mother Nature’s cooperation, this weekend is full of Louisiana Tech Athletics events as eight of the Tech teams have competitions scheduled over the next few days.
BASEBALL: Coach Lane Burroughs and the Bulldogs will open the newly-reconstructed J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park this weekend as they host a three-game series against Southern.
Despite not being able to have fans this weekend due to unfinished facilities resulting from the winter storm, Tech will host the Jaguars with the opening game tonight at 6. Saturday’s contest is set for a 2 p.m. start time and Sunday’s first pitch is 1 o’clock.
All three games this weekend can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network: Friday (KNBB 99.3 FM), Saturday (TBA) and Sunday (KNBB 99.3 FM).
The Bulldogs are coming off a season-opening trip that saw them defeat Air Force and drop games against LSU and UL-Lafayette.
SOFTBALL: After seeing eight of its first 11 games canceled or postponed due to weather, the Lady Techsters added a trifecta of contests this weekend.
Interim coach Bianca Duran and Co. will travel south to Baton Rouge where they will play a Saturday doubleheader against North Alabama (12/2 p.m.) and a Sunday single game against Southern (1 p.m.). All three games will be played at Jaguars Field on the campus of Southern. There will be no video, audio or live stats coverage of the games this weekend.
The Lady Techsters are scheduled to open Dr. Billy Bundrick Field next weekend when they host their home tournament that includes Baylor and Tarleton on March 5-7.
GOLF: Fresh off its victory at the LaTour Invitational hosted by Nicholls State two weeks ago, the Bulldog golf team will be a part of a star-studded cast of nationally-ranked programs this weekend at the LSU Invitational hosted at the University Club today through Sunday.
Tech is one of 15 teams in a field (13 Power 5 programs), including No. 6 Illinois, No. 11 Florida, No. 12 Georgia, No. 17 Auburn, No. 19 Vanderbilt, No. 22 Tennessee, Alabama, LSU, Arkansas State, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri and South Carolina.
Sam Murphy, fresh off his first collegiate victory as a Bulldog, joins brother Mac as well as Will Patrick, James Swash, Lake Juban and Blake Blaser to from the Tech lineup for the weekend.
Fans can follow the action on live stats at Golfstat.com.
SOCCER: The Lady Techsters will open Conference USA action Sunday when they travel to El Paso to face UTEP at 12 p.m. CT at University Field. Coach Kevin Sherry’s team is 6-2 on the season and brings a four-game winning streak into the match including a 6-1 win over Spring Hill in its last game. The contest can be seen with a paid subscription to CUSA.tv.
TENNIS: Coach Amanda Stone and the Lady Techsters will face Arkansas State Saturday at 10 a.m. at Ridgepointe Country Club in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Tech is 4-3 on the season and will open Conference USA action next weekend when the play WKU and Middle Tennessee in Murfreesboro.
VOLLEYBALL: Louisiana Tech travels to Birmingham this weekend for a two-game Conference USA series against UAB at Bartow Arena. Saturday’s match is set for 11 a.m. and Sunday’s match is 1 p.m. Fans can follow the action through a paid subscription to CUSA.tv.
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