Diamond ‘Dogs explode past Warhawks; Tech tennis wins on the road

There are only four days in the entire month of March where a Louisiana Tech sporting event will not be played. Baseball, softball, tennis and volleyball were in action on Monday and Tuesday, with perhaps the best home series ever just ahead for the Diamond ‘Dogs this weekend.

BASEBALL: A seven-run seventh inning rally allowed the Bulldogs to blow past I-20 foe ULM on Tuesday night at Warhawk Field.

Trailing 3-1 with only three innings to go, the LA Tech bats came alive to the tune of five hits to go along with three walks and an HBP. Hunter Wells, Philip Matulia and Jorge Corona each tallied two hits while combining for six RBIs.

Greg Martinez recorded the win on the mound, throwing 54 pitches in the last 3.1 innings with six strikeouts. The Bulldogs extended their winning streak to four and has now won 11 of the last 12 meetings over the Warhawks.

Ahead: No. 1 Arkansas at the Love Shack Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in a sold-out series.

TENNIS: The Techsters closed out their road trip with a 5-2 non-conference victory over Murray State on Monday at the Bennie Purcell Tennis Courts.

Coming off a split in the state of Tennessee, LA Tech traveled to Kentucky and coupled the doubles point with singles wins on courts two, four, five and six.

The duos of Leonie Schuknecht/Ilana Tetruashvili and Alexia Romero/Lara Unkovich put the Lady Techsters up, 1-0, with set wins of 6-3 and 6-2, respectively, on courts one and two.

With Murray State defaulting at the No. 6 position, LA Tech led 2-0 before Tetruashvili and Romero each tallied singles victories as well, winning in straight sets. Claudia Oravcova provided the fifth point, winning 6-1, 6-4 to go a perfect 3-0 on the road swing.

SOFTBALL: Visiting Louisiana Tech managed just one hit and two walks on Tuesday night, falling 4-0 to Stephen F. Austin at SFA Softball Field.

Amanda Gonzalez recorded the lone hit for LA Tech while Madie Green and Caroline Easom both drew walks. Meanwhile for the Ladyjacks, Kassidy Wilbur pitched a complete game and Shaylon Govan homered twice, once in the first inning and the other in the third.

VOLLEYBALL: Louisiana Tech got off to a hot start, taking the first set over UTSA, but the Roadrunners reeled off three straight sets to take the 3-1 victory on Monday afternoon inside the Thomas Assembly Center.

Senior right-side hitter Elena Takova registered a career-high 13 kills, including four in the 25-20 first set win for the Lady Techsters. After falling behind 20-19, the home team tallied six straight points to go up, 1-0.

UTSA responded with a 25-10 win in set two to even up the match. The Roadrunners then posted set wins of 25-19 in the third and fourth set.

Photo:  Darrell James

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