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March 15th, 2014

Bulldogs bounced by Tulsa

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EL PASO, Texas — The second half was extremely kind to Louisiana Tech during its two wins to advance to the C-USA Championship game.
But on Saturday morning, the second stanza proved costly as the Bulldogs connected on only seven-of-30 from the field.
Add to that a tournament MVP performance by Tulsa’s James Woodard who had a game-high 27 points and it resulted in a 69-60 defeat for the Bulldogs inside the Don Haskins Center.

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Bulldogs begin spring football

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Louisiana Tech opened 2014 spring football practice Friday as the Skip Holtz era officially reached year two.
Holtz and the Tech coaching staff put the Bulldogs through nearly two hours of work to begin the first of 15 spring practices.
The Bulldogs followed Friday’s workout with a closed practice on Saturday. They’re slated to return to the field with an open practice on Monday.

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New QB headed for Tech

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Louisiana Tech could have a new quarterback candidate come fall as Rivals.com reported this week that Cody Sokol, who found himself third in a three-way battle to become Iowa’s quarterback last summer, has transferred become a Bulldog.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound native of Phoenix never took an official snap for the Hawkeyes after arriving from Scottsdale Community College.
He red-shirted in the 2012 season.
Sokol will have one year of eligibility at Louisiana Tech, which was looking for immediate help at quarterback after a 4-8 season.

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Maton pitches Tech past FAU

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BOCA RATON, Fla. — Phil Maton pitched a complete game and struck out a season-high seven batters to lead Louisiana Tech to a 3-2 league win over Florida Atlantic and tie the series at one game apiece Saturday afternoon at FAU Stadium.
Maton (2-2) earned the win for Tech (7-11, 2-3 C-USA) after pitching the fourth complete game of his career and his first of the 2014 campaign.

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Tech takes College Cup Championship

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LAFAYETTE — The Louisiana Tech soccer team opened up the spring season in impressive fashion as they defeated Nicholls State and host UL-Lafayette on Saturday evening to take the Louisiana College Cup title at Moore Park.
“It was two very tough games and a great achievement when you consider we only started spring practice two days ago,” said head coach Kevin Sherry. “The ladies executed the game plan perfectly and were deserving of the championship.”

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Hadnot ninth at Indoor Championships

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Louisiana Tech sprinter Trey Hadnot ran 20.78 to win his heat but fell just short of advancing to the finals as he finished ninth in the 200m at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships Friday evening in Albuquerque, N.M.
At the NCAA Indoor Championships, the top eight times advance to the finals regardless of finish in the individual semifinal round heats.
Hadnot fell just short of advancing, missing the finals by one-hundredth (0.01) of a second.

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UTEP sweeps Tech softball in doubleheader action

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UTEP banged out 31 hits in a doubleheader sweep of Louisiana Tech as the Miners defeated the Lady Techsters 11-6 and 12-3 Saturday afternoon in Conference USA action at the Lady Techster Softball Complex.
Tech (8-17, 0-5 C-USA) and UTEP (11-17, 3-2 C-USA) will complete the three-game schedule at 1 p.m. today.
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UTEP pounded out 16 hits and took advantage of seven Louisiana Tech errors to defeat the Lady Techsters 11-6 in the first game of the doubleheader.

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RJHS eighth-graders win tourney

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The Ruston Junior High School eighth-grade baseball team captured first place at the Northwestern State Tournament held late last month. Pictured from left to right on the front row are Parker King, Thomas Hudson, Garrett Smith, Parker Hipp, Noah White and Jacob Seal. Pictured from left to right on the back row are Coach John Letendre, Devin Williams, Xavier Cooper, Graham Hines, Sam Baldwin, Red Johnson and Coach Chris Letendre. Not pictured are C.J. Willis and Jalen Garrison.

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Wilkerson hurls ’Cats past Haughton

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“Doc” Wilkerson pitched all seven innings Friday night as the Ruston Bearcats defeated Haughton 3-1 at the Airline High School Tournament in Bossier City.

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Mulkey still winning without Griner

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No Britney Griner.
No problem.
When the All-American center ended her honor-filled career at Baylor University last year, the Lady Bears and Head Coach Kim Mulkey figured to struggle.
It hasn’t happened.
Far from it, in fact.
Mulkey, one of the legendary players (member of two national title-winning teams, first-ever Naismith Small Player of the Year) out of Louisiana Tech University, has the Lady Bears heading to yet another NCAA “Big Dance.”
Not only that, but also champs of the league’s postseason tournament and co-champs in the regular season for the Big 12 Conference.

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