LA Tech falls in C-USA Tournament

Jordyn Manning

Courtesy of LA Tech Athletic Communications

The Louisiana Tech Softball team fell to Middle Tennessee, 5-4 on Wednesday morning at Dr. Billy Bundrick Field. With the loss, the Lady Techsters were eliminated from the Conference USA Tournament. LA Tech finished its season with a 32-24 record, including a 13-12 mark in Conference USA play.

“Our girls fought,” said Josh Taylor. “I thought the top of the order did a good job, and Allie (Floyd) settled in and did a good job of keeping us in the game after two tough innings to start. It is kind of a microcosm of the season, not getting in the runner from third with less than two outs twice.

“I thought we pitched well enough to win and got the big hit from Cooper. Sacco did a great job at the top of the order. We have to be better and that is what we have been talking all year. If you talk about that game in a nutshell that is where we are at. We have won 32 games, and I am proud of what we got done this year. I thought we left a lot of games on the field and we are going to have to improve as next season starts now.”

Despite being at Dr. Billy Bundrick Field, the Lady Techsters were the visitors in the contest, as Middle Tennessee was the higher-seeded team.

Middle Tennessee used a three-run first inning to race out to an early lead that it would not surrender. The Blue Raiders plated the three first-inning runs on a pair of doubles, a single, an error and a wild pitch. Middle Tennessee would add a run in the second inning on a sacrifice fly and another in the fifth on an infield single.

Offensively, Tech had runners in scoring position numerous times throughout the game, leaving 10 stranded. Sierra Sacco led the way going 2-2 with a pair of walks, an RBI, and a run scored. Katelin Cooper went 2-4 and had three RBI courtesy of a bases-clearing triple off the centerfield wall in the top of the fifth inning.