Sellout crowd sees Techsters softball host No. 1 Sooners; LA Tech sports roundup

Pictured is Louisiana Tech softball first baseman Jordyn Manning (left). (Photo by TIM SMITH).

Staff report

While Louisiana Tech did not find the win column against Mississippi State and No. 1 Oklahoma on Saturday,
the fans certainly got a big W.

Dr. Billy Bundrick Field and the Lady Techsters hosted the round robin that saw a COVID19 sellout enjoy three

“What a great day for softball in Ruston,” said LA Tech interim head coach Bianca Duran. “This was a great
opportunity for us to showcase our new facility. These games were scheduled only 48 hours in advance, and so
many people on our end went out of their way to make sure this was a first-class experience for all three
teams and fan bases.”

Mississippi State (20-16) pitcher Annie Willis tossed a complete-game no-hitter to lead the Bulldogs to a 2-0
victory over the Lady Techsters in the first game of the day.

LA Tech (13-18) was only able to must one hit – an infield single by Tanjala Smith – in the finale against
the undefeated Sooners (30-0), falling 10-0 in five innings.

“We got some solid pitching in the circle,” said Duran. “We just struggled to find our offense. Some of
that was on us and some of that was facing some really quality arms for both teams. Our young team learned
some valuable lessons. I am excited to see what we take from today as we move forward.”

SOCCER: Louisiana Tech got on the scoreboard first Saturday morning, but for a second straight game the
opponent rallied. UAB ended up scoring three unanswered goals in the second half to take the 3-1 win at the
Ruston Sports Complex.

The season finale for LA Tech (9-7, 1-5 C-USA) seemed to be heading towards a win after Klesha Darroux’s
one-touch, left-footed finish off the double assist from Valeria Rios and Elizabeth Doll gave the Lady
Techsters a 1-0 a mere seconds before halftime.

The one-goal advantage held until the 70th minute when UAB (8-5-1, 3-3 C-USA) struck for an equalizer. They
tacked on two more goals over the next 12 minutes to hand LA Tech the loss.

Senior midfielder Amber Posthauer did get a win though this weekend, being named to the 2020 Conference USA
All-Academic First Team. The Pflugerville, Texas native carries a 3.98 cumulative GPA while majoring in
Exercise and Health Promotion.

TRACK AND FIELD: Mother Nature was the winner at the Strawberry Relays. Louisiana Tech was unable to
compete this weekend in Hammond due to inclement weather.

The Bulldogs and Lady Techsters were scheduled to take part in their third outdoor meet of the 2021 season on
the campus of Southeastern Louisiana. They will now prepare for their next meet Saturday at the LSU Boots
Garland Invitational in Baton Rouge.


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