Tech softball enjoys home debut, as bowling, soccer sparkle

Louisiana Tech may have set a program record for most sporting events in one weekend (and that is with both basketball teams not playing).

Just in Ruston, there were nine games between baseball, softball, soccer and volleyball. Away from home, tennis, bowling and golf were in action. Let’s breakdown the highlights.

SOFTBALL: Friday, March 5 was a day to remember for the LA Tech softball program. After nearly two years between home games on campus due to an EF3 tornado, the Lady Techsters opened Dr. Billy Bundrick Field and defeated Tarleton State by a final score of 6-3.

Sandwiched between 3-1 and 3-2 losses to national power Baylor over the weekend was a 9-8 comeback victory over the Texans thanks to Madie Green’s game-winning run scored in the bottom of the seventh on a throwing error.

Green was joined by teammates Bre Hernandez and Zoe Hicks on the LA Tech Invitational All-Tournament Team.

SOCCER: Louisiana Tech began C-USA play a week ago with a heartbreaking 1-0 loss in overtime.

This time around, the Lady Techsters were on the winning side as Sophie Fijneman’s golden goal in the second OT period gave the home team a 1-0 victory over UTSA on Friday night at the Ruston Sports Complex.

The goal came in the 105th minute when Fijneman controlled possession from midfield to inside the 18 where she sent her left-footed shot inside the far post.

TENNIS: Louisiana Tech traveled to Murfreesboro, Tennessee for its first C-USA matches of the spring, splitting a match of league outings, defeating WKU 4-3 and dropping a 5-2 decision to host Middle Tennessee.

Ilana Tetruashvili and Claudia Oravcova shined in singles, both going 2-0. The tandem of Alexia Romero and Lara Unkovich went 2-0 in doubles.

BOWLING: The No. 5 Louisiana Tech bowling team finished fourth among a competitive 19-field team at the Vanderbilt-hosted Columbia 300 Music City Classic.

LA Tech got off to a strong start in the tournament, winning four straight including a 995-880 victory over No. 1 McKendree. In the first round of the championship bracket, the Lady Techsters defeated No. 10 Stephen F. Austin, 4-3, but fell twice to No. 13 North Carolina A&T. Sophomore Danielle Jedlicki led the team individually with a 15th-place finish (203.20).

GOLF: Louisiana Tech defeated North Texas, 4-2, Friday in its head-to-head match play contest at the Maridoe Golf Club in Carrollton, Texas.

Three Bulldogs – Mac Murphy (2 & 1), Sam Murphy (1 up) and James Swash (4 & 3) – won their matches. Blake Blaser and Lake Juban each earned half a point after the two finished at all square.

VOLLEYBALL: Following a 3-0 Thursday victory over Grambling, LA Tech lost 3-0 to UTSA on Sunday inside the Thomas Assembly Center in a C-USA matchup. The Roadrunners won, 25-17, in sets one and three and a 25-22 victory in set two.

LA Tech (1-14) was led by Elan Takova and Samantha Hicks who each had four kills.

Photo: credit Darrell James

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