LA Tech weekend wrap-up

Allie Floyd and five other Tech pitchers combined to toss 23 shutout innings this weekend. (Photo by Kelsey Chanler)

Bulldogs 14, Northwestern 5

Bulldogs 5, Northwestern 4 (11 innings)

Bulldogs 16, Northwestern 9

Louisiana Tech completed a three-game sweep over Big 10 foe Northwestern this weekend at JC Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.

Tech (8-4) had to rally in both Saturday and Sunday’s victories against the Wildcats, after coasting to the 14-5 win in Friday’s opener.

The Bulldogs trailed 4-0 on Saturday before rallying to tie the game and eventually win with a two-out RBI single by Dalton Davis in the bottom of the 11th inning.

“It was a great win for our guys,” Coach Lane Burroughs said. “A gritty, tough win … I did not think we played well. We had a lot of opportunities to drive in runs to push the lead, but credit their pitchers … [Northwestern] is better than their record shows.”

On Sunday, Tech surrendered six runs in the first and three more in the second but then shut out the Wildcats over the final seven innings. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs scored in every frame but one to record the win.

“Their record is whatever, but that’s the best winless team I’ve ever seen,” Burroughs said. “College baseball: it just gets crazier every year.”

Tech travels to face Arkansas in a three-game series Friday thru Sunday in Fayetteville.


Lady Techsters 8, Houston Christian 0 (5 innings)

Lady Techsters 10, UMass-Lowell 0 (5 innings)

Lady Techsters 8, UMass-Lowell 0 (6 innings)

Lady Techsters 1, Houston Christian 0

Louisiana Tech posted a perfect 4-0 mark on the weekend during the Lady Techster Invitational at Dr. Billy Bundrick Field.

Six LA Tech pitchers combined to throw 23 shutout innings on the weekend, limiting the opponents to a total of just 13 hits on the weekend.

“The bottom line of our weekend is pitching,” said head coach Josh Taylor. “When you throw four shutouts you put yourself in a great position to win. Amanda Gonzalez had a great weekend defensively at shortstop. She was making plays that I have not seen other shortstops make. Our whole defense played well. Pitching, defense and timely hitting is what wins games.”

Brooke Melnychuk and Lauren Menzina each picked up two wins in the circle while Allie Floyd recorded a save in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Houston Christian.

Katelin Cooper and Amanda Gonzalez each registered home runs during the weekend. Kylie Neel provided the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the first inning of Sunday’s 1-0 win.

Tech’s other three wins were all of the run-rule variety.

Tech has now won 27 of its last 29 games played at Dr. Billy Bundrick Field. It will host ULM Tuesday at 6 p.m. before opening Conference USA action Friday in a three-game series against North Texas at home.


Tech 4, USF 2

Toledo 4, Tech 3

The Lady Techster tennis team picked up a big win, defeating USF 4-2 Friday in Tampa.

“This is an outstanding win for the program,” said Tech head coach Amanda Stone. “We have proven we can play at this level and today we proved we can win at this level. After the Wichita State match, we focused hard on believing, bringing intensity, and focusing from start to finish. We did that today and the result followed. I am incredibly proud of the team. They have worked hard to earn a win like this.”

Tech lost the doubles points but then won four out of five singles matches that were completed to pick up its eight victory of the season. It is the fifth ever win for LA Tech over a current AAC program and the first since the Lady Techsters defeated SMU in 2016.

On Saturday, the roles changed as Tech won the doubles point against Toledo but then dropped four out of six singles matches to fall 4-3 to the Rockets (8-2).

Tech will face Stetson today.