Bulldogs progressing in spring drills while bowlers head to postseason; Tech roundup

Tech junior safety Jaiden Cole is leading the Bulldogs’ secondary in spring practice – Photo by TOM MORRIS

Staff Writer

Louisiana Tech’s bowling team earned a postseason berth and a national No. 4 seeding. The other Tech team that regularly goes bowling, the Bulldog gridders, continues grinding in spring practice, with another workout set for what will be a beautiful Good Friday.

FOOTBALL: When the Bulldogs hit the practice field this afternoon it will mark two full weeks into spring practice for head coach Skip Holtz and Co. as the Bulldogs are at the midway point of spring practice.

“Almost two weeks in now, and I have liked what I have seen so far,” said Holtz following Wednesday’s practice. “Like our energy; like our leadership. We’ve made some real progress in some areas.”

One of the areas of focus is in the defensive secondary where a trio of Division I transfers are working their way into the mix, including safeties Baylen Buchanan and Elijah Hamilton, and cornerback Myles Mason.

“There is a lot of competing right now,” said returning junior safety Jaiden Cole. “We have a lot of new pieces coming in from different schools, so every day is like a competition no matter what we are doing.”

The Bulldogs will culminate spring practice on April 24 with the spring football game at Joe Aillet Stadium. Season tickets for the 2021 Louisiana Tech football season are on sale now. Fans can purchase season tickets online at LATechSports.com/tickets or by calling the LA Tech Ticket Office at (318) 257-3631.

BOWLING: It was a historic day for the Lady Techsters on Wednesday as the program earned its first ever trip to the 2021 National Collegiate Women’s Bowling Championships.

Tech earned a top four national seed in the event and is just one of 16 programs in the country to be selected. Tech will start the championship in the fourth region with its first match set to be against Youngstown State on at 9 a.m. (CT) on Wednesday. Fairleigh Dickinson and Sam Houston State are the other two teams competing in region four.

The 2021 National Collegiate Women’s Bowling Championship will conduct regional competition for the first time. Regional competition will wrap up next Thursday. The winners of each regional will advance to the NCAA championship.

The championship matches will be played April 9-10. Both regional and championship rounds will be played at AMF Pro Bowl Lanes in North Kansas City, Missouri. The University of Central Missouri and Kansas City Sports Commission are the hosts.

SOFTBALL: The Lady Techsters embark on Conference USA action this weekend as they play a four-game set against UTSA at Roadrunner Field in San Antonio.

Tech (10-13, 0-0 C-USA) has won five of its last seven games after snapping Northwestern State’s nine-game winning streak Tuesday. UTSA (6-16, 0-0 C-USA) opened the season winning five of its first seven, but has dropped 14 of its last 15 entering the weekend.

Today’s doubleheader is set for 1 p.m. while Saturday’s DH will also begin at 1 p.m. All four games can be seen streamed live on CUSA.tv ($$).

UTSA leads the all-time series 19-11 but LA Tech has won nine of the last 12 meetings.

TRACK & FIELD: Fresh off an impressive performance in its opening outdoor meet of the year, the Bulldog and Lady Techsters will travel south to compete in the Battle of the Bayou hosted by LSU at Bernie Moore Track Stadium on Saturday.

LA Tech delivered a strong performance in its first outdoor meet since 2019, recording three first-place finishes and 11 top-three finishes at the Victor Lopez Classic.

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