Softball, track, tennis sparkle on the road; LA Tech sports roundup

Tech softball file photo by DARRELL JAMES

Staff Writer

There was plenty of success away from home this weekend for Louisiana Tech aside from the baseball and men’s basketball teams, much of it in Tulsa. Meanwhile, the nationally-ranked bowling team tuned up and awaited its postseason plans to be issued on Wednesday.

For the second straight weekend, Louisiana Tech went on the road and took two out of three games against an American Athletic Conference foe.

The Lady Techsters (9-13) defeated Tulsa (9-7) 3-2 and 10-2 on Saturday before falling 8-0 in Sunday’s series finale.

Madie Green had a stellar weekend at the plate for Tech, recording five hits, including two home runs, a triple and driving in four runs. Green recorded all three RBI in Tech’s 3-2 win, including a seventh inning triple that plated the winning run.

Tech will host Southland Conference unbeaten (15-7, 9-0) Northwestern State Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Dr. Billy Bundrick Field.

TENNIS: Two days after falling 4-0 to North Texas in Denton, the Lady Techsters handed Oral Roberts a 4-0 defeat at the Bernis Duke Tennis Center in Tulsa.

LA Tech (7-9), which lost to ORU last season, dominated the match, winning the doubles point with two convincing set victories and three straight-set wins in singles.

“We really fired on all cylinders,” said Tech coach Amanda Stone. “It was not easy, but we really stuck with it on all courts and it paid off.”

LA Tech returns to action on Wednesday, April 7 in a home matchup versus Tyler Junior College. First serve is set for 2:30 p.m. at the LA Tech Tennis Complex.

TRACK AND FIELD: Louisiana Tech opened the outdoor season with a strong showing at the Victor Lopez Classic hosted by Rice at Wendel D. Ley Track in Houston.

In the first outdoor meet since 2019, Tech recorded three first-place finishes and 11 top three finishes.

The Lady Techsters 4×100 relay team of Ma’Asa Gay, Jada Branch, Claudasha Watson and Taylor Shaw took home first place in Saturday’s meet, clocking in with a time of 46.01 seconds.

Watson also exceled in the women’s 100-meter dash, notching a first-place finish with a time of 12.13 seconds.

The Bulldogs dominated in the men’s javelin throw with three Tech throwers finishing inside the top five. Henry Terral recorded a first-place heave of 67.18 meters. Tripp Marcus and Tyler O’Con placed second and fourth, respectively, to round out the dominant performances for the Bulldogs.

BOWLING: As Louisiana Tech awaits its national postseason fate on Wednesday, the Lady Techsters – fresh off a runner-up finish in the Southland Conference Bowling Championships – recorded a third place finish at the SWIBC IV in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

Sunday’s event consisted of six traditional matches with the winner being decided by total pins. Wichita State won the event with 6,446 total pins followed by No. 16 Stephen F. Austin with 6,330. No. 6 Louisiana Tech (6,224), Newman (5,901) and West Texas A&M (5,812) rounded out the top five team scores.

Senior Kaitlyn Eder led LA Tech individually after finishing third with an average of 222.83 to earn a spot on the all-tournament team.

Selections for the 2021 National Collegiate Women’s Bowling Championship will be announced on Wednesday via web stream at 3 p.m. on NCAA.com. The 2021 championship will be hosted April 7-10 at the AMF Pro Bowl Lanes in North Kansas City, Missouri.


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