Louisiana Tech provided plenty of late-game magic in San Antonio against UTSA this weekend at Roadrunner Field.
Not once, not twice, but three times did the Lady Techsters (13-14, 3-1 C-USA) go into the seventh and final inning either tied or trailing and come away with the victory.
The first time came in the first game of the Conference USA opening series on Friday. After the Roadrunners plated four runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie things up at 4-4, Brooke Diaz unleashed for a three-run home run to cap a four-run seventh and lift the visiting team to the 8-4 victory.
UTSA (7-19, 1-3 C-USA) unleashed as a team in the second game of the doubleheader, evening the series with a dominating 17-2 win.
The heroics returned in the Saturday doubleheader. Trailing 6-4 and down to their last three outs, the Lady Techsters plated four runs on three hits and two UTSA errors.
Then, trailing 2-1 in the top of the seventh in the final game of the series, LA Tech’s Zoe Hicks produced by drilling an outside pitch opposite field to drive in two and get another comeback win by the final score of 4-2.
“What a way to open conference weekend,” said Tech head coach Bianca Duran. “For the team to answer back the way that we did after game two, that’s all I could ask for. We went into today’s games with the goal to win every pitch and staying locked in the entire day.”
SOCCER: Maci Geltmeier gave Louisiana Tech an early advantage on Sunday afternoon, but Southern Miss rallied to take the win 3-1 at the USM Soccer Complex.
The freshman Geltmeier notched the second fastest goal of the season for LA Tech (9-6, 1-4 C-USA), scoring in the third minute of the match. However, USM (6-3, 4-2 C-USA) secured the equalizer in the 11th minute on a penalty kick and then tacked on two goals in the second period to complete the comeback.
TRACK AND FIELD: Louisiana Tech recorded 13 top-three finishes in Saturday’s Battle on the Bayou at LSU’s Bernie Moore Stadium in Baton Rouge.
Strong throwing marks highlighted the weekend. Riley Finnegan and Johnie Jean-Jacques finished one-two in the men’s discus throw. Finnegan’s top mark was also a personal best at 157-8.
Jean-Jacques also placed first in the men’s shot put with a heave of 51-7. Tim Fitzgerald placed second in the same event, recording a toss of 50-6. Bulldog javelin thrower Tripp Marcus posted a season-best toss of 224-11 to place second in the event.
On the women’s side, thrower Rhea Thompson registered two top-three finishes. She placed second in the shot put with a heave of 46-6.25 and third in the discus throw with a season-best toss of 148-8.
“It was another great week for our throwers,” said head coach Gary Stanley. “We had some good, competitive efforts at LSU. I think this team is getting better every week.”