@LATechSB Set to Host Softball Tournament This Weekend
Feb. 21, 2018
RUSTON -- After playing its first 12 games on the road, Louisiana Tech will open the home portion of its schedule this weekend when the Lady Techsters host a three-day, six-team, 15-game tournament at the Lady Techster Softball Complex.
Although the forecast for the weekend is calling for rain each and every day, the turf field at the Lady Techster Softball Complex will prevent the field from becoming unplayable and gives the tournament a good chance of seeing action all three days.
Tech welcomes Missouri State, Saint Louis, South Dakota, UMass Lowell and Alcorn State to Ruston as games are set to begin at 9 a.m. each day of the event. Friday and Saturday's schedule includes six games both days while Sunday's final day is calling for three contests.
Admission to the event is $20 for an all-session adult pass ($10 for anyone age 4-17) and $10 for a day pass for adults ($5 for anyone age 4-17). Louisiana Tech students get free admission with a valid student ID.
All 15 games will be streamed live with a paid subscription to CUSATV.com while Gametracker is available for each and every game via LATechSports.com.
LA Tech's schedule includes Friday games against South Dakota (3 p.m.) and Saint Louis (5 p.m.), Saturday contests against UMass Lowell (9 a.m.) and Missouri State (5 p.m.) and a Sunday finale against Alcorn State (1 p.m.). Fans are encouraged to follow LA Tech Softball through social media to keep up with any changes to the schedule due to weather: Twitter (@LATechSB) and Facebook.com/LouisianaTechSoftball.
The Lady Techsters (5-7) are coming off a 3-2 finish at the Purple and Gold Challenge hosted by LSU last weekend with a one-run extra inning loss to the 7th ranked Tigers and a 2-0 loss to NCAA participant Oregon State.
Tech has won with pitching and defense thus far this season. Preslee Gallaway (2-2, 2.68 ERA), Jensen Howell (2-1, 3.71), Bailey Allen (1-0, 3.50), Krystal De La Cruz (0-4, 4.47) and Jenny Chapman (0-0, 2.33) combined to record a team ERA below 2.00 this past weekend.
Defensively, the Lady Techsters own a .970 fielding percentage, committing only 11 errors through the first 12 games of the season.
Offensively, Tech started to find more production last weekend. Morgan Turkoly (.350, 3 doubles, 4 SB), Sloane Stewartson (.333), Karlee Jensen (.310, RBI), Ali Galaz (2 HR, 4 RBI), Katie Smith (4 RBI) and Berkley Calapp (4 RBI) have been Tech's biggest threats early in the season. However, head coach Mark Montgomery knows his team is close to finding its true identity at the plate.
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