Surging Diamond ‘Dogs visit Tulane; Tech soccer, volleyball at home

Staff writer

Fresh off of a pair of wins over Top 5 ranked SEC foes, the Louisiana Tech baseball team will travel to New Orleans for a three-game series against Tulane highlighting a busy weekend of action for Universities athletic programs.

Soccer and volleyball, normally fall sports, are at home this weekend as spring officially arrives.

BASEBALL: Louisiana Tech (10-5) looks to build upon the momentum of home wins over No. 1 ranked Arkansas (2-0) and No. 4 ranked Ole Miss (13-1) as the Bulldogs travel to Greer Field at Turchin Stadium for a three-games weekend series against Tulane.

The Green Wave (9-7) have wins over Mississippi State, Louisiana-Lafayette and Western Kentucky (twice) already this season and are coming off a 12-6 win over Texas Southern on Tuesday.

“They are really good,” said Bulldogs coach Lane Burroughs. “Their Friday night is one of the best pitchers in the country. We have heard a lot of great things about them. They are an older club just like we are. We haven’t been on the road for a while. It will be a challenge for us. We told our guys to put these last two behind us. It’s another opportunity as we are in the middle of this gauntlet of great teams right now. I couldn’t be more pleased with the way we are playing heading into the weekend.”

Tonight’s game begins at 6, with Saturday’s first pitch at 2 p.m. and Sunday’s action starting at 1 p.m. All three games can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network on 97.7 FM with Dave Nitz providing a call of the action.

SOFTBALL: The Lady Techsters (5-11) travel to Tennessee for the weekend to play a three-games series against Memphis at Tigers Softball Complex. Saturday’s DH is set for 1 p.m. while Sunday’s single game will begin at noon.

LA Tech is coming off a weekend that saw it split two games with Montana while falling twice to Texas A&M – although the Lady Techsters led or were tied in the fifth inning of both losses.

BOWLING: The No. 5 ranked Louisiana Tech bowling team will compete this weekend in the Southland Conference Championships at Colonial Bowling Lanes in Harahan. The event will run Friday through Sunday.

The Lady Techsters are the No. 2 seed in the event and will open competition today in the 4th match of the day against the No. 7 seed, Stephen F. Austin.

Each match will follow a best-of-three format: Teams will bowl one standard five-person game for total pinfall, then five baker games for total pinfall. If one team wins both the traditional game and baker games, they advance. If both teams split the standard and baker games, they will move on to a best-of-seven series of baker games.

SOCCER: LA Tech will play a pair of home matches this weekend, hosting Rice this evening at 7 and Louisiana-Monroe at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Ruston Sports Complex.

The Lady Techsters (8-4, 1-2 C-USA) have only four matches remaining in the regular season, including three Conference USA contests.

Tech has played three one-goal matches in league play so far, defeating Texas-San Antonio (1-0) while falling to North Texas (1-0) and Texas-El Paso (2-1, OT).

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VOLLEYBALL: Louisiana Tech (1-17, 0-10) will close out its season by hosting UTEP at 1 p.m. Sunday and at noon Monday at the Thomas Assembly Center. Admission is free.

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LA Tech baseball photo by TOM MORRIS

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