Lady Techster Softball Complex
The Lady Techster Softball Complex has been home to Louisiana Tech softball since its construction in 1982 and in the past two years has received some much-needed renovations.
The University and athletics department committed to making the necessary improvements in order to prepare for the hosting of the 2013 WAC Softball Tournament. Included in the first phase of the improvements that were made two years ago was the replacement of the existing wooden fence surrounding the facility with a new chain link fence that is covered on the inside with padding.
An on-going issue of poor drainage on the field was also rectified with the installation of a new subsurface drainage system underneath a new synthetic turf that was installed in front of both dugouts and behind home plate. Synthetic turf was also installed in both bullpens, while the entire outfield benefits from the installation of a new irrigation system.
The second phase began this past March with the removal of the existing bleachers that were original to the complex. New blue, bleacher-back seats installed were installed which accommodate approximately 500 people.
At the top of the bleachers, a fully functional, 10-person press box with a video shooting deck on top was added on.
Aesthetically, the bleachers received a wrap was designed by Donnie Bell Design and was installed prior to the tournament. The wrap covers the outside of the existing bleachers and honors a number of Tech's all-conference selections in the last decade, the NCAA Tournament and Women's College World Series teams as well as the Lady Techsters 2008 WAC Championship team.
Previously, a wrap was designed and installed on the outside of the outfield fence, which also recognizes Tech's NCAA Tournament and College World Series teams and honors Tech's three All-Americans in Debbie Nichols, Stacey Johnson and LeeAnn Jarvis.
These renovations come just a few years after a new brick backstop matching the brick dugouts was constructed behind home plate in 2005 adding to the overall look of the stadium. In 2008, a new electronic Fair-Play Model Softball Scoreboard was installed.
During the course of the Lady Techsters' 29-year history of playing at the facility, Tech has posted an overall mark of 367-184, including 21 winning seasons. During its run to the 2008 NCAA Tournament, LA Tech posted a mark of 16-12 at home including victories over Top 25 Fresno State and SEC foe Ole Miss. The 16 home victories were the most since the 1996 season when that Lady Techster team was a perfect 16-0 at home.
In 2009, LA Tech repeated the feat defeating both Fresno State and Ole Miss at home while also posting victories against Hawaii. Built at a cost of $200,000 under the supervision of former head coach Bill Galloway and former Tech President F. Jay Taylor, the 1,000-seat facility boasts brick-walled dugouts, wooden lockers, lights, batting cage and electronic scoreboard.
The natural grass turf extends 190 feet down the foul lines and 220 feet to straightaway centerfield, reaching the fence running along the outfield.
At the time of its completion in the early '80s, it was considered one of the finest softball facilities in the country as the nationally-ranked Louisiana Tech squads drew large crowds.
The complex has been home to some of the nation's top teams and players during its history as it housed three Louisiana Tech College World Series teams and six more NCAA Tournament squads and five All-Americans.
In Galloway's first season, he led Tech to a record of 52-18 and the first of three trips to the College World Series, and the tradition of winning and dominance throughout the 1980s began.
Louisiana Tech reached the NCAA playoffs the next six seasons, including College World Series appearances in 1985 and 1986.