Tech weekend roundup


Softball

Madie Green may just stay in El Paso.

The Louisiana Tech senior outfielder hit four home runs, drove in nine runs and scored six more to lead the Lady Techsters to a series win over UTEP this weekend.

Green, who hit a pair of home runs in El Paso, in 2020, homered in all three games, going 7-of-9 at the plate over the weekend as Tech won Friday 9-3 and Sunday 6-1 while falling Saturday 7-6.

Audrey Pickett (13-4) was stellar in the circle for the Lady Techsters (20-13, 5-4 C-USA), picking up complete-game victories in both wins. Pickett allowed just four runs in 14.0 innings while striking out nine and walking just three.

Green homered twice and drove in five runs while Caroline Easom added at two-run home run on Friday. Green added a home run and three more RBI on Saturday although the Lady Techsters couldn’t overcome control issues in the circle, walking 10 batters and hitting two more in the 7-6 loss.

On Sunday, Tech pounded out a season-high 14 hits, including three more by Green including a solo home run, in the series-clinching win.

“I am proud of the way our team responded,” said Tech coach Josh Taylor. “We challenged them after yesterday’s game, and they came back and showed what we are capable of doing. Audrey pounded the strike zone, getting ahead of hitters. And our hitters had quality at bats for the majority of the game.”

Tech will travel to Northwestern State Tuesday for a 6 p.m. contest before hosting UTSA this weekend (Friday through Sunday) on Alumni Weekend.

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Bowling

Fifth-seeded Louisiana Tech fought its way through the loser bracket, posting wins over three Top 10 ranked teams, but the Lady Techsters fell Sunday to Youngstown to finish third at the 2022 Southland League Championships.

Tech dropped its first match on Friday to No. 5 Youngstown on the opening day to fall into the loser’s portion of the double elimination bracket.

The Lady Techsters then defeated No. 8 Valparaiso (4-1) on Friday and No. 1 Sam Houston State 4-3 on Saturday and No. 3 Arkansas State 4-2 on Saturday to advance to Sunday’s final day.

However, Youngstown once again got the best of Tech (4-3) on Sunday morning.

Allie Leiendecker was named to the all-tournament team, her fourth of the season. Vanderbilt won the title.

The Lady Techsters finish the year with a national RPI of eighth and will find out on Wednesday if they earn their second straight bid to the NCAA Tournament.

“I am extremely proud of this team,” said Tech coach Matt Nantais. “We had a good run at the championships. We need to quit putting ourselves in the elimination bracket early. We did have some great matches that showed we can compete at the highest level.

“Unfortunately, today was not our day. We will work on consistency and spare shooting these next two weeks. We will find out Wednesday if we will be an at-large bid for the NCAA championships. This was our fourth weekend in a row and we can use a break before our next event.”

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Tennis

All streaks come to an end, and Louisiana Tech’s 14-match winning streak did just that on Saturday in a tight 4-3 loss to No. 1-ranked Tyler Junior College at the LA Tech Tennis Complex. 

“It was a tough loss today,” said Tech head coach Amanda Stone. “I felt like we did not show up in the way we needed to on some key lines and that made the difference. All streaks come to an end and this was a great one we were on.

“We have had some good wins this season, but I still feel like this team has upside. While we have produced wins on every line, we have not started firing as an entire lineup yet. Now is the time and maybe this loss is the push we need. That is certainly the goal this week as we head into the final part of the regular season.”

The doubles point ended up being the difference as LA Tech (16-3) and TJC (10-4) split the six singles matches. The Apaches were able to seal the opening point with wins of 6-4 and 6-3 on courts one and two. 

LA Tech used its depth though in singles to grab the upperhand.  Ilana Tetruashvili was near flawless in her match against Abigail Wild, winning all 12 games to deliver a 6-0, 6-0 victory at the No. 4 position.  Her court neighbor Tiffani Nash was equally as impressive, downing Yeva Kononovych by a score of 6-2, 6-1 at the No. 5 spot to give the home team a 2-1 advantage.

TJC evened things up at 2-2 in the final match on the backcourts with a straight-sets win on court six.  Meanwhile, after LA Tech took the first set across all three top positions, the Apaches took the second sets on all three to force a third set. After Najah Dawson and Kelly Arends each claimed a 6-1 set on court three, the senior Dawson took control early and ended up giving LA Tech its third point of the day with a 6-1, 1-6, 6-0 win.

However, TJC was able to get come-from-behind victories on courts one and two behind two of the top three singles players in the country in the NJCAA national rankings. 

 

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