Feb. 14, 2013
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech will travel to Lake Charles for the 2013 Cowgirl Classic hosted by McNeese State as the Lady Techsters will play five games during the three-day tournament.
Head coach Mark Montgomery and Co. will open play Friday with a 5 p.m. contest against the host Cowgirls followed by a 7:30 p.m. game against Alcorn State. Saturday's schedule includes a 2:30 p.m. contest against Southern followed by a 5 p.m. game against Houston Baptist. The Lady Techsters will wrap up play Sunday with a 10 a.m. game against Alcorn State.
Tech (1-3) dropped a pair of extra-inning games to Tennessee-Martin and Delaware during the opening weekend of the season, but Montgomery said he and his staff learned a lot from the adversity.
"It was great to play someone else and see some things that we needed to see," Montgomery said. "We were able to start learning some things about our team, and this weekend we can start making adjustments from there. I saw a lot of fight and a lot of high character moments. We have to find a way to piece those together so we can win those (close games) instead of losing them."
Montgomery said he will utilized all three of his pitchers again this weekend as senior Michelle Jones (1-0, 0.40 ERA) should make at least two starts while senior Janna Frandrup (0-2, 9.88, 1 save) and junior Erin Kipp (0-1, 16.33) will also see innings in the circle. Jones was masterful last weekend, allowing only nine hits and one earned run in 17.2 innings of action as she held the opposition to a .158 batting average.
"I knew Michelle was good, but it was nice to see her be dominant," Montgomery said. "She was absolutely (in control). Only once or twice all weekend did anyone square a ball up on her. She performed above expectation level. (Janna and Erin) struggled, but we will continue to work with them. We will look to take some steps forward this weekend."
As a team, Tech batted .263 but registered only four extra base hits in four games.
"We need more consistency," Montgomery said. "We need to hit the ball harder. I'd like to see us drive the ball more. We made good contact (last weekend) and got some hits, but we didn't drive the ball. We need to put a quality swing on a quality pitch. When we start to do that consistently, you will see our power numbers improve."
LA Tech fans can follow all of the action this weekend through gametracker by logging onto www.mcneesesports.com. Fans can also follow in-game Twitter updates by following @LATechSB. For all the latest on the Lady Techsters softball team, including rosters, bios, and stats, fans should log onto www.LATechSports.com. Fans can also follow the Lady Techster Softball team through its own Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/LouisianaTechSoftball?ref=ts&fref=ts.