Tech Athletics: softball, golf, bowling

SOFTBALL

With both teams coming off a successful opening weekend, Louisiana Tech hosts Northwestern State Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Dr. Billy Bundrick Field.

Both season and single game tickets are available and can be purchased at the box office located at the facility or by logging onto LATechSports.com/tickets. Gates open at 5 p.m.

The Lady Techsters won four out of five games at the Best of the Bayou hosted by ULM at the Ouachita Sportsplex this past weekend. Tech posted wins over Stephen F. Austin, Morehead State, Southern and Mississippi Valley State while falling to SIU-Edwardsville.

Northwestern State won three out of four games in its opening weekend, with wins over UT-Martin, Chattanooga and Arkansas-Pine Bluff and a loss to Baylor.

Fans can follow the game at LouisianaTech.statbroadcast.com (PW: compete) and can access a live video stream through a paid subscription to CUSAtv.com.

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GOLF

LAREDO, Texas – Attitude is everything.

Louisiana Tech head coach Matt Terry pinpointed attitude as the reason the Bulldog golf team opened the spring with a strong showing at the Laredo Country Club in extremely tough conditions.

Tech entered Tuesday in fifth place, but shot a team total of two-over-par 290 (the second best team total of the day) to move up three spots and finish second in the 14-team Border Olympics.

It was two days of playing in tough wind conditions on a tough course.

“When is windy like this, when its blowing sideways, having the right attitude is key,” said Terry. “These guys had the right attitude before we ever left Ruston. They knew what to expect. We checked the weather and knew it was going to be windy. It’s a tricky course. A lot of cross winds. There were tough lies when chipping around the greens. Elevated greens. Some run offs.

“Dealing with cross winds and down winds is difficult. It plays different with your shot. I was impressed with how we controlled our golf ball. The bogeys were going to come now matter what in these conditions. It was a matter of keeping the really big numbers off your card.”

Tech finished with four players in the top 12 of a field of 86 golfers.

After Sam and Mac Murphy both fired four-under-par two-round totals of 140 on Monday, it was Hunter Battles and James Swash’s turn on Tuesday. Battles shot a three-under par 69 while Swash added a one-under-par 71 as Tech passed 50th ranked Baylor, Sam Houston State and Lamar to finish as the runner-up to the host Houston Cougars.

Sam Murphy (71-69-74=214) finished fourth while Mac Murphy (71-69-76=216) finished tied for sixth. Battles (77-72-69=218) moved up 24 spots on Tuesday, to finish in a tie for ninth. Swash (73-75-71=219) tied for 12th. Grant Smith (76-74-76=226) tied for 33rd while Lake Juban (85-76-85=246) finished 85th.

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BOWLING

DALLAS — No. 5 Louisiana Tech took home the tournament runner-up after pushing Arkansas State to seven games in the Lady Techsters Classic at USA Bowl this past weekend.

“This weekend was probably the most challenging pattern that we have bowled on in the last few years,” said Tech coach Matt Nantais. “Shot making was at a premium as well as spare shooting. Friday, we did a great job overall in all aspects of the game. Saturday, we did not perform up to our capabilities and I have to figure out what we can do differently to improve it.

“Two tournaments in a row we have bowled great on Friday and Saturday had subpar performances, but we have had great Sundays the last two events. We came up short this weekend in the championship match but we bowled great. This team does not give up.”

LA Tech completed the weekend 6-4 in qualifying matches to put themselves in a great spot heading into Sunday’s bracket play as the tournament’s overall No. 3 seed.  

Tech was in the third overall position heading into Sunday’s final qualifying match against Prairie View A&M who Tech handled (975-825) to secure a spot in the top four and a chance at the tournament title. 

Tech got a shot at revenge with SFA in the semifinal match and after taking a 3-1 lead (214-181, 215-181, 242-161, 200-226) in the Baker best-of-seven, Tech exacted that revenge with three straight strikes in the tenth frame to take the series 4-1 with a 189-177 win. 

That set up a showdown versus Arkansas State who took care of Sam Houston on the other side of the bracket. In game one, down more than 40 pins, Tech strung together five straight strikes to complete the comeback for a 1-0 lead (208-202).

Arkansas State evened the series at 1-1 (215-225) followed by Tech regaining the lead 2-1 after a 247-237 win. It came down to a simple best-of-three series after Arkansas State took game four to knot the championship series at 2-2 (192-219).

Tech took game five 226-170 but lost game six by a single pin (214-215) which forced a winner-take-all game seven that Arkansas State claimed 190-234 for the tournament title leaving the Lady Techsters with their third runner-up finish of the season.


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