Tech roundup: Menzina pitches Tech past Southeastern

Lady Techsters 2, Southeastern 1

Former Cedar Creek star Lauren Menzina retired all eight batters she faced to help lead Louisiana Tech to a 2-1 win over Southeastern Wednesday at Dr. Billy Bundrick Field.

Menzina (1-1) picked up the win in relief after entering a 1-1 game in the top of the fifth with runners on first and second and one out. Not only did the sophomore get out of the jam, but she retired eight straight.

Tech (11-6) fell behind 1-0 early, but tied the game up in the bottom of the fourth on a two-out, RBI infield single by freshman Sierra Sacco.

Sophomore Olivia Ellingson gave Tech the lead with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth and Menzina did the rest.

“I’m really happy with the way we pitched and the way we defended,” said Josh Taylor. “All three of our pitchers are throwing well right now. Audrey (Pickett) was off tonight. She wasn’t an option. But I thought Emma and Lauren did really well. This is a good win.”

Tech will travel to south Louisiana this weekend. The Lady Techsters will face Central Connecticut State Friday at 12 p.m. and UL-Lafayette at 5 p.m. in Lafayette. Tech will then travel to Baton Rouge where it will face Central Connecticut State (10:30 a.m.) and Troy (3 p.m.) Saturday and Troy (9 a.m.) and LSU (12 p.m.) on Sunday.

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Bulldogs 67, Old Dominion 54

After a sluggish offensive start, Louisiana Tech poured it on in the second half to come away with a 67-54 victory over Old Dominion on Wednesday night in the final home game of the season inside the Thomas Assembly Center on Karl Malone Court.

“We really had a hard time finding the bottom of the net early,” said Tech head coach Eric Konkol.  “Thankfully, we were able to still defend at a pretty high level.  We were able to pick up a couple of fouls in their interior guys. 

To be down just two points at halftime was a fortunate thing for us. Thankfully, we had a halftime where we could reset a little bit. We came out and tried to get the ball inside.  On the very first possession, Junior kicks it out on a double team and Cobe hits the first one. Then it ended up being contagious from there.”

LA Tech (21-8, 12-5 C-USA) could barely find the bottom of the net in the early going, making just three of its first 20 shot attempts including a string of 10 straight misses.

As a result, ODU (12-18, 7-10 C-USA) built a 23-12 lead with 6:06 to play in the first half.  However, the Bulldogs finally found a little rhythm offensively, going on a 9-0 run and ultimately only finding themselves down 25-27 at halftime. 

The second half was a completely different story. 

Tech hit 7-of-8 three-pointers to start the second half and pushed the lead out to double digits and never looked back. Williams led Tech with 19 points while Amorie Archibald added 18 and Keaston Willis 12.

The Bulldogs will close out league play Saturday at 2 p.m. at UAB.

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Southeastern 4, LA Tech 3

For the second night in a row, 25th ranked Louisiana Tech lost a late lead and fell by one run, this time losing 4-3 to Southeastern in Hammond.

The Bulldogs (5-4) trailed 2-0 early before Walker Burchfield launched a two-run home run in the top of the fourth inning to tie the game. Tech too a 3-2 lead in the top of the sixth when Cole McConnell scored on a wild pitch.

Some wildness and a throwing error cost Tech in the bottom of the seventh inning as reliever Cade Hodges hit back-to-back batters and later a throwing error by catcher Jorge Corona led directly to the tying run. A single then plated the go-ahead run.

Tech outhit Southeastern 6-4 in the loss.

The Bulldogs will face McNeese State in a three-game set Friday through Sunday in Lake Charles.


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