Techsters open C-USA championships today

Courtesy of LA Tech Athletic Communications

Top-seeded Louisiana Tech will face 4th seeded Marshall Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in the second day of the 2022 Conference USA Tournament at Lovelace Stadium in Denton, Texas.

The Thundering Herd (34-16) defeated 5th seeded Florida Atlantic 6-4 late Wednesday night to move on to the winners bracket of the double elimination 4-day, 8-team event.

Thursday’s contest can be heard on KNBB 97.7 FM with the pregame show scheduled to start at 2:20 p.m.  The game will also be streamed on ESPN+.

By virtue of winning the Conference USA regular season title, the Lady Techsters (38-18) had a first day bye while six of the eight teams played four games. 7th seeded Charlotte defeated 6th seeded UAB 8-0 and 3rd seeded WKU 6-5. 5th seeded FAU defeated 8th seeded UTSA 11-4 before then falling to Marshall in the final game of the day.

Tech and Marshall did not meet this year but the two programs have a history of facing off in the Conference USA Tournament. The Lady Techsters and Thundering Herd met in the 2016, 2017, 2019 (twice) and 2021 Conference USA Tournaments with Tech holding a 4-1 advantage in those games.  Marshall knocked Tech out of the 2021 C-USA tournament, snapping a four-game winning streak by the Lady Techsters over Marshall in postseason play.

2022 Conference USA Coach of the Year Josh Taylor and Co. ended the season riding an 11-game league winning streak, including the dramatic title-clinching 8-7 victory over Southern Miss Sunday.

Tech placed six players on the all-Conference USA team, including three first teamers and three second teamers.

Marshall ranks second in Conference USA with 64 home runs this season, and hit four more in its 6-4 win over Florida Atlantic Wednesday.

A win by Tech would move them into Friday’s third day while a loss would force the Lady Techsters to play an elimination game at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

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