Diamond Dogs sweep; Techsters bounce back

It’s only one weekend, but through three games it looks like these Diamond Dogs are for real.

Louisiana Tech, coming off a historic 2021 season, opened the 2022 campaign with a three-game sweep of a perennially strong Wichita State squad in front of sold out crowds at JC Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.

Tech (3-0) recorded back-to-back come-from-behind victories on Friday and Saturday by scores of 7-3 and 9-6 before holding onto an early inning lead in a 5-3 win on Sunday.

“I thought we played extremely hard and that’s who we are,” said Tech skipper Lane Burroughs. “I thought we competed our tails off. Very, very pleased with our pitching. Friday night we had fourteen strikeouts over zero walks. We talk about dominating average plays, and we did that. Just one error and it was a throwing error that just got away from him.”

The Bulldogs got some pretty stellar pitching from its starters – Jonathan Fincher, Ryan Jennings and Jarrett Whorff. That’s to be expected.

But maybe the most exciting part of the weekend was the job the Bulldogs bullpen did.

Cade Gibson: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 runs, 7 Ks on Friday

Kyle Crigger: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 runs, 7 Ks on Saturday and Sunday

Greg Martinez: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 runs, 4 Ks on Sunday

It was the one big achilles heel for Burroughs and Co. last year. So far, it seems to be in much better order.

And the never-say-die mentality of the 2021 team seems to have carried over to this year. Just look at Saturday.

The Bulldogs trailed 6-1 through six innings before erupting for eight runs over the final three innings.

Bottom line is the Bulldogs appear to have picked up where they left off last year.

“It wasn’t a hitter’s day today so we put some runners in motion all weekend and starting to figure out who we are,” said Burroughs after Sundays win. “You cannot start it off any better. Very proud of them and the way they competed.”

Wednesday night will be a great early season test when 8th ranked LSU comes to Ruston for the first time since 1997.

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It was a tale of two days for the Lady Techsters softball team.

After losing two games in about as emotionally draining a way as a team could on Saturday, Josh Taylor and Co. showed great heart on Sunday.

Tech (6-4), which lost 8-7 to Tulsa – giving up eight runs in the final inning – and 4-2 to Sam Houston State in extra innings less than 24 hours earlier, came out and avenged both setbacks Sunday, defeating Tulsa 3-2 and Sam Houston State 5-0 at Dr. Billy Bundrick Field.

“I challenged them,” said Taylor. “Even in the first inning of game one today, I went out and challenged the entire infield. I wanted to see how we would respond to that type of adversity, much of it we created ourselves.

“We are a long way from where we want to be, but I am proud with what I saw today. We have the talent to compete in every game and give ourselves a chance to win. We just have to learn how to win. We took a step forward today.”

Tech trailed 2-0 after the first inning on Sunday against Tulsa before rallying. Lindsay Edwards recorded a two-out RBI single in the sixth to tie the game at 2-2 and then freshman – and birthday girl – Aleya Hill connected on her first college home run, a walk-off in the bottom of the seventh to give the Techsters a 3-2 win.

Emma Hutchinson (3-2) got the win, allowing just two runs on five hits in 7.0 innings.

Game two saw Madie Green hit a two-run shot and Katelin Cooper register three RBI while Audrey Pickett (3-2) got the win in the circle.

 


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