Techsters welcome stiff competition this weekend; LA Tech roundup

Dr. Billy Bundrick Field, new home of LA Tech softball. (Photo by EMERALD MCINTYRE)

Staff writer

“If you build it, they will come.”

You ain’t kidding.

A month ago, the Bulldogs hosted the No. 1-ranked team in the country, Arkansas, at the brand new J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.

Now this Saturday, the Lady Techsters will play host to the No. 1-ranked team in the country, Oklahoma, at the brand new Dr. Billy Bundrick Field.

What was originally supposed to be a bye weekend has turned into a three-game, one-day round robin against the undefeated Sooners AND Southeastern Conference foe Mississippi State. Talk about some stiff competition.

Saturday’s full schedule:
• LA Tech vs. MSU at 10 a.m.
• MSU vs. OU at 12:30 p.m.
• LA Tech vs. OU at 3 p.m.

Due to state regulations, capacity at Dr. Billy Bundrick Field is 50 percent. A limited number of single day passes will be available will be available starting at 1 p.m. today and can be purchased by calling the Tech Ticket Office at 318-257-3631 or at LATechSports.com/tickets. Prices for passes are $30 for chairbacks, $20 for bleacher seats and $10 for berm.

LA Tech (13-16) narrowly lost Tuesday to another SEC opponent, falling 6-4 at 15th-ranked LSU. The Lady Techsters held a one-run lead going into the bottom of the sixth inning when the Tigers rallied.

However, they suffered a letdown Wednesday night in a 7-1 loss at McNeese State.

Oklahoma (28-0) leads the nation with 84 home runs while MSU (19-16) boasts a pair of power hitters in Fa Leilu and Mia Davidson.

FOOTBALL: Louisiana Tech fans will have the chance to preview the 2021 football team during the LA Tech Spring Game presented by Origin Bank on Saturday, April 24, at Joe Aillet Stadium.

The game is set to begin at noon with gates to the stadium scheduled to open at 11 a.m. Tech officials expect the game to last approximately 90 minutes.

The Bulldogs are set to have their ninth (out of 15) spring practice today.

SOCCER: On the pitch, Louisiana Tech will play its final match of the 2020-21 season tonight when the Lady Techsters host Alabama-Birmingham at 6 p.m. at the Ruston Sports Complex.

It will be the final match at an alternate home site for the Lady Techsters who anxiously await the opening of their new facility in the fall. The team last played a game on campus in October of 2018.

LA Tech (9-6, 1-4 C-USA) is coming off a 3-1 loss at Southern Miss, which eliminated them from qualifying for the Conference USA Tournament. It ended a run of six straight tourney appearances for the program.

UAB (7-5-1, 2-3 C-USA) is coming off back-to-back losses to North Texas and Rice, putting the Blazers in fifth place in the C-USA West Division with one game to go.


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