@LATechSB Competes in Tough Field in College Station
March 1, 2018
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Louisiana Tech will get five more opportunities to record quality wins this weekend when the Lady Techsters compete in the Texas A&M Invitational Friday through Saturday at Aggies Softball Complex.
Tech (9-8) plays No. 7 Texas A&M (Friday at 2:30 p.m.; Sunday at 12:15 p.m.), Texas State (Friday at 12:15 p.m.; Saturday at 10 a.m.) and Utah (Saturday at 5:15 p.m.) during the three-day event. All three teams are either ranked in this week's Top 25 or receiving votes and are in the top 35 in the country.
Both of the games against Texas A&M will be streamed live on the SEC Network Plus and on the WATCH ESPN app. All five games can be heard on the Louisiana Tech X mobile app with Malcolm Butler providing the play by play of the contests.
Head coach Mark Montgomery's team has won five of its last six games, including a 3-2 victory over Lamar on Wednesday night in Beaumont. The Lady Techsters have already played six games against teams ranked or receiving votes in the Top 25 and are 2-4 with three 1-run losses and one 2-run loss.
Tech continues to rely upon pitching and defense while the Lady Techster offense tries to get on track. The LA Tech pitching staff enters the weekend with a 2.62 earned run average led by Preslee Gallaway (4-3, 2.23 ERA), Bailey Allen (2-0, 2.62 ERA), Jensen Howell (3-1, 3.18 ERA), Krystal De La Cruz (0-4, 3.25 ERA) and Jenny Chapman (0-0, 1.17 ERA).
The Lady Techsters have held 12 of their 17 opponents to two runs or less this season. Defensively, Tech continues to get solid play behind the pitching staff led by senior shortstop Katie Smith. The Airline High School product has recorded a perfect 1.00 fielding percentage in 62 opportunities this year.
Offensively, Tech is relying on small ball. The Lady Techsters have recorded 45 stolen bases this season and are ranked in the top 10 in the country in stolen bases per game.
After leading Conference USA in extra base hits last season, including 88 doubles, Tech has struggled at the plate this year. Tech enters the weekend with a .233 batting average and only 17 extra base hits in 17 games.
Texas A&M is 14-2 on the season while Texas State is 12-4 and Utah is 6-5. The Aggies advanced to the WCWS last season while Utah advanced to a Super Regional. Texas State is the preseason favorite to win the Sun Belt Conference.
For all the latest on Lady Techster Softball, log onto LATechSports.com. Fans can also follow through social media, including Twitter (@LATechSB), Instagram (@LATechSB) and Facebook.com/LouisianaTechSoftball.
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