LA Tech roundup: Techsters fall; Dogs at UTSA

Women’s Basketball

There are no second chances in the postseason.

Unfortunately, for Louisiana Tech on Thursday night it was too many second chances that led to a 63-52 loss to Houston in the first round of the WNIT.

Houston pulled down 13 offensive rebounds and outscored Tech 18-0 on second chance points in ending the Lady Techsters memorable season.

Tech, which claimed the C-USA West Division crown and advanced to the title game of the C-USA Tournament, ends the season 21-12.

Keiunna Walker scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds while Anna Larr Roberson added 11 points and Salma Bates chipped in with 10 points.

Houston capitalized on 11 first half turnovers to score 14 points off turnovers and take a 35-28 lead into the halftime locker room.

Tech closed the gap to 49-43 at the start of the fourth quarter, but the Lady Techsters would get no closer.

Baseball

Louisiana Tech hits the road to San Antonio to open conference play with UTSA in a three-game series.

The two teams will play single contests Friday (6 p.m.), Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.) at Roadrunner Field. All three games can be heard on 97.7 FM and on the LA Tech Athletics app while fans can watch with a paid subscription to CUSA.tv.

The Bulldogs (12-5) are coming off a weekend sweep of Houston Baptist and midweek win at UL-Monroe. After scuffling in its first road trip dropping games to Nicholls and Southeastern, LA Tech has strung together five straight wins going into conference play.

LA Tech shortstop Taylor Young earned Conference USA Hitter of the Week honors after last week’s incredible performance at the plate. Young went 11-for-17 with a home run, a triple, three doubles, eight RBI, 10 runs scored and four stolen bases. Young leads the team in batting average and leads the conference in triples (8) and doubles (3).

The Roadrunners (11-5) are off to solid start to 2022 facing a difficult non-conference schedule. UTSA defeated No. 2 Stanford at home 6-5 in 10 innings back February 28.

Junior outfielder Shane Sirdashney leads the squad with a .413 batting average with a home run, six doubles and 13 RBI.

LA Tech and UTSA will meet for the 30th time on Friday night. The Bulldogs lead the all-time series 15-14 with the last game coming in the 2021 Conference USA Tournament. The two clubs faced off five times last season all in Ruston with LA Tech taking four of the contests. LA Tech won the last series played at UTSA in 2018.

Softball

The Lady Techsters return to Dr. Billy Bundrick Field as the Lady Techsters host FIU in a three-game Conference USA series starting tonight at 6 p.m.

Tech and FIU will both play Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. The Lady Techsters have played their last 10 games away from home.

Tech (15-12, 0-3) looks to snap a five-game losing skid, including dropping three straight league games at Florida Atlantic last weekend.

All three games can be seen live with a paid subscription to CUSA.tv.