Dogs home; Techsters on road

Courtesy of LA Tech Athletic Communications

Fresh off its second win over LSU this year, Louisiana Tech will host FIU in a three-game Conference USA series at JC Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.

Tech (15-6, 2-1 C-USA) and FIU (9-12, 2-1 C-USA) will play Friday (6 p.m.), Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.) with all three games being carried on CUSA.tv. Fans can also hear Dave Nitz on the LA Tech Sports Network on 97.7 FM and the Louisiana Tech Athletics app.

The Bulldogs defeated LSU 7-6 in 12 innings on Wednesday night and now turn their attention back to C-USA action having won eight of its last nine contests.

Jonathan Fincher will get the start Friday night while Taylor Young puts his 15-game on-base streak on the line. Young has reached base in 20 of 21 games this year, while Fincher sports a perfect 4-0 mark on the mound, tallying an eye-popping 31 strikeouts and only three walks.  

FIU is also coming off a weekend where they finished 2-1 in conference play, defeating Marshall on Saturday and Sunday 11-3 and 13-3.

FIU leads the all-time series over LA Tech 18-15 with the schools splitting the season series 1-1 in 2021. The last time the Bulldogs and Panthers met in Ruston, the Bulldogs took two out of three games. LA Tech is 6-4 in the last 10 meetings dating back to 2017.

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Fresh off a three-game sweep over FIU last weekend, Louisiana Tech will look to build on that momentum when the Lady Techsters face UTEP at Helen of Troy Field starting Friday night.

Tech (18-12, 3-3 C-USA) and UTEP (10-17, 1-5) will play Friday (7 p.m.), Saturday (4 p.m.) and Sunday (12 p.m.) in the third weekend of league action.

Head coach Josh Taylor wants to see his team execute on a similar level as last weekend when it defeated FIU 3-2, 4-2 and 2-0.

“Consistency,” said Taylor. “That’s what we are looking for on a game-by-game basis. We have seen flashes. We have seen stretches. But I want to see it from pitch to pitch, out to out, at bat to at bat and game to game. Great teams execute on a consistent basis.

“I am really pleased with where we are. The kids continue to work hard and buy in to what we are trying to accomplish. It’s exciting to see. This is just the next weekend on the schedule. We know playing on the road is always a challenge.”

Tech continues to rely on its pitching. The Lady Techsters rank No. 2 in Conference USA in team ERA at 2.12 led by Audrey Pickett (11-4, 1.41), Emma Hutchinson (5-4, 2.59) and Lauren Menzina (2-4, 3.41). Tech has also relied on its defense behind those arms as the Lady Techsters rank No. 1 in the nation in double plays per game, turning 20 of them in 30 games.

Amanda Gonzalez is coming off a stellar week where she was named the Conference USA Hitter of the Week after reaching base safely in 9 of 10 at bats against FIU with two game-winning home runs.

UTEP is 7-5 at home this season. All three games can be seen streamed live on CUSA.tv.

Tech leads the all-time series 18-14, including winning eight of the last 10 meetings.