As one of the busiest home weekends in Louisiana Tech Athletics history approaches, a number of Bulldog and Lady Techster teams are kicking things off with midweek matchups.
BASEBALL: After a three-game sweep over visiting Southern this past weekend, the Bulldogs traveled to Lafayette for the second time in a week and fell 7-2 last night to the Ragin’ Cajuns.
UL-Lafayette (7-2) plated runs in five of their eight frames, including five runs over the first three innings as they jumped out to an early lead on Tech (4-3).
Jorge Corona recorded an RBI single in the top of the second inning for Tech to tie the game at 1-1, but ULL answered with two in the bottom of the second and two more in the third. Tech trailed 6-1 in the top of the seventh when Steele Netterville drove in a run with an RBI groundout.
Tech hosts McNeese this weekend in a three-game series at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
SOCCER: Two days after opening Conference USA action in El Paso, the Lady Techster soccer team stepped back into non-conference play Tuesday and picked up a 3-1 win over McMurry at Wilford Moore Stadium.
Tech (7-3) found the back of the net three times in the first half as Sophie Fijneman, Erin Chung and Tomoyo Kuroyanagi all connected before halftime to propel the Lady Techsters.
LA Tech outshot McMurry, 17-3, with 11 of those coming on goal. Maggie Boston got the start in net and was credited for one save in the victory.
The Lady Techsters will return to Ruston for a C-USA matchup against UTSA on Friday. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at the Ruston Sports Complex.
SOFTBALL: As the much-anticipated opening of Dr. Billy Bundrick Field nears this weekend, the Lady Techsters travel to Hammond today to face Southeastern Louisiana in a doubleheader at North Oak Park. First pitch is at 4 p.m.
Coach Bianca Duran’s squad hopes to build some momentum from its 7-2 win over Southern Sunday in Baton Rouge.
Tech’s pitching staff has been solid through six games led by Emma Hutchinson (2-0, 0.00 ERA), Audrey Pickett (0-1, 2.00 ERA), Kara Goff (0-0, 2.10 ERA) and Lauren Menzina (0-0, 2.33 ERA).
Southeastern Louisiana (7-6) just completed a 3-1 weekend at the Florida State Unconquered Invitational in Tallahassee where the lone loss was 3-0 to the Seminoles.
The Louisiana Tech Invitational is Friday through Sunday with national power Baylor and Tarleton State set to come to Ruston for six games in three days at the Techsters’ newly-constructed facility next to the east side of Aillet Stadium.
GOLF: The Bulldog golf team will hit the links Thursday when they travel west to face Conference USA foe North Texas in a head-to-head match-play event at Maridoe Golf Club in Carrollton. Coach Matt Terry’s squad will look to bounce back after a tough performance at the LSU Invitational this past weekend.
VOLLEYBALL: The Techsters host Grambling Thursday at 5 in the Thomas Assembly Center, then have a pair of conference matches at home Sunday and Monday against UTSA.
Photo: by Tom Morris