March 7, 2014
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Louisiana Tech and UTSA will both play their inaugural Conference USA series this weekend when the Lady Techsters travel to Texas to face the Roadrunners in a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday and a noon single game on Sunday.
Both teams are familiar with one another after competing as members of the Western Athletic Conference last season. UTSA won two of the three meetings in Ruston in 2013 and leads the all-time series 9-2.
Tech (8-12) is on the tail end of a 10-day road trip that saw the Lady Techsters start in Arkansas last weekend before traveling to Oklahoma and Baylor for mid-week games. Tech is 2-4 on the road trip with three of its losses coming to Top 25 teams.
"The non-conference schedule has been challenging," said Tech head coach Mark Montgomery. "We have played well at times and struggled at times. There is no question we have to play better if we want to accomplish our goals in league play.
"However, the (first 20 games) have allowed me to learn this team. I have a much better idea of who we are then I did a month ago when we opened the season. I know my lineup and I know who I can put in what situations."
Kristen Miles (.357, 15 runs), Bianca Duran (.339, 6 doubles) and Tori Charters (.333, 6 RBI) carry the top batting averages into this weekend while Pauline Tufi (.286, 1 HR, 13 RBI), Anna Cross (.226, 2 HR, 13 RBI) and Alayna Kipp (.205, 3 HR, 14 RBI) are the top run producers.
UTSA (8-12) has also played some stiff competition this year, picking up a win over Texas while falling to UL-Lafayette, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State (twice) and South Alabama.
Tech will face one of the top power hitters in Conference USA this weekend in UTSA catcher Megan Low, who sports a .352 batting average with nine home runs and 20 RBI. However, Low is the only Roadrunner regular boasting a batting average above .270 as UTSA is hitting only .222 as a team.
UTSA also uses a three-man pitching rotation with Nicole Merrill (3-4, 3.35 ERA), Chelsea Parker (1-3, 4.25 ERA) and Kacy Freeze (4-5, 4.01 ERA) sharing the workload.
Fans can follow the action this weekend through live stats as well as a free live video stream of the games on the official website of UTSA at GoUTSA.com. In-game twitter updates can be followed at @LATechSB.