Techsters stretch streak to six; BPCC’s run ends at 14 straight

STARTING THE SWEEP: Friday, Lauren Menzina tossed a complete game to lead Louisiana Tech to an 8-3 win over Nicholls State.

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RUSTON – Louisiana Tech’s out-of-conference sweep of Nicholls State over the weekend gives the Lady Techsters a six-game winning streak going into this week’s road conference series against North Texas.

Tech (27-15) opened with an 8-3 victory Friday and took the series after edging Nicholls 6-5 in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. In the series finale, Emma Hutchinson threw a two-hit shutout en route to Tech’s 8-0 run-rule victory.

NORTHWESTERN STATE: In Corpus Christi, Texas, the Lady Demons closed out their Southland Conference series against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi with a 5-1 loss on Saturday after splitting Friday’s doubleheader with the Islanders.

NSU (24-15, 6-3 C-USA) went up 1-0 in the third on Keely Dubois’ sacrifice fly, but the lead was short-lived as the Islanders (14-22, 2-4) came back with a five-run third inning.

In Friday’s series opener, freshman Sage Hoover set a new NSU single-game strikeout record with 18 strikeouts in a 12-inning, 2-1 victory over the Islanders. The Lady Demons fell 4-3 in game two on Friday.

CENTENARY: In Georgetown, Texas, the Ladies fell to Southwestern University 3-1 in Sunday’s rubber game of the three-game Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference series.

Centenary (10-15, 4-11 SCAC) fell to the Pirates (10-22, 5-10 SCAC) 1-0 in game one Saturday but came back with a 3-2 victory in game two.

On Sunday, each team scored a run in the first inning but the Pirates scored a pair in the fifth to take the lead.

ULM: After taking the first two games to win the Sun Belt Conference series at home against Texas State, ULM dropped Sunday’s series closer 4-1.

Victoria Abrams (6-4) took the loss for ULM, giving up three earned runs and five hits while striking out five in 3.1 innings.

ULM (20-16, 6-9 Sun Belt) scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to break a 1-1 tie and held off a Texas State rally to take a 5-4 victory in game one on Friday, marking the program’s 1,000th win. In game two on Saturday, ULM topped the Bobcats (21-17, 7-8) with a 10-2 run-rule victory in six innings.

LSU: In College Station, Texas, the Lady Tigers captured the first two games of their Southeastern Conference series against Texas A&M before falling 5-4 in Sunday’s finale.

A pair of home runs that drove in four total runs was the difference in game three as the Lady Aggies (24-14, 3-9 SEC) avoided being swept. No. 21 LSU (24-16, 5-7 SEC) took game one 2-1 on Friday and followed with an 11-8 victory in game two on Saturday.

GRAMBLING: In Houston, Grambling dropped its Southwestern Athletic Conference series to Texas Southern. GSU (18-17, 5-10 SWAC) fell in Friday’s opener 12-2 and followed with an 8-1 loss to TSU (15-17, 12-3 SWAC) in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday.

The Lady Tigers came back to notch a 2-1 victory. In game one on Friday, Texas Southern exploded with 10 runs in the fifth inning. Faith McQueary and India Wells had RBI singles to score the Lady Tigers’ only runs.

BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE: After extending their win streak to 14 games with 13-1 and 6-4 victories at Baton Rouge Community College in two games on Friday, BPCC saw the streak end on Saturday.

The Lady Cavaliers (27-9 overall) fell at LSU-Eunice 8-7 and 10-3 in a non-conference doubleheader. BPCC is 13-1 in NJCAA Region XIV play.

Photo courtesy of Louisiana Tech


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