Tech Softball Hosts SFA in Home Opener
March 19, 2013
RUSTON - More than a month into the season Louisiana Tech will finally be playing its first home game of the year when the Lady Techsters host Stephen F. Austin Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Lady Techster Softball Complex.
Tech (12-12) hasn't played in a week after the Lady Techsters dropped a pair of games at UL-Lafayette on March 13. Stephen F. Austin (8-18) took two out of three this past weekend at home against Lamar.
The Ladyjacks narrowly defeated LA Tech 1-0 in Nacogdoches, Texas a few weeks ago in a game that saw the Lady Techsters surrender the eventual game-deciding unearned run in the bottom of the second inning.
Wednesday's contest will be the final tune up for LA Tech before the Lady Techsters open Western Athletic Conference play Friday in Las Cruces with a three-game series against New Mexico State.
Head coach Mark Montgomery's team continues to rank among the nation's best in a number of offensive categories, including ranking 27th in the country in team batting average (.319) and No. 1 nationally stolen bases per game (2.88).
Tech is led at the plate by a host of players, including Kristen Miles (.403, 18 runs, 11-12 SB), Erin Kipp (.388, 14 RBI, 9-10 SB), Meghan Knowles (.365, 2 HR, 10 RBI), Alayna Kipp (.345, 11 runs, 2 HR, 9 RBI), Janna Frandrup (.343, 11 RBI), Anna Cross (.322, 15 runs, 17 RBI, 15-15 SB), and Amanda Krueger (.310, 3 HR, 15 RBI, 10-11 SB).
In the circle, Montgomery continues to rely on a pitcher-by-committee approach led by Michelle Jones (8-7, 2.66 ERA), Erin Kipp (3-2, 4.85), Cross (0-0, 5.00) and Frandrup (0-2, 6.11).
SFA is batting .214 as a team this season led by Shalie Day (.328, 7 RBI), Elizabeth Arana (.319, 12 runs, 13 RBI), and Nicole Wooten (.298, 7 runs). The Ladyjacks utilize two pitchers in Carlie Thomas (5-8, 3.20 ERA) and Angela White (3-10, 7.00 ERA). White recorded the complete-game shutout against LA Tech in the first meeting.
Fans can follow live stats free at www.LATechSports.com. Fans can also access live video and audio of the game through a paid subscription to LA Tech All-Access at www.LATechSports.com. In-game twitter updates can also be followed at @LATechSB. Tech fans can also follow all the latest through the Lady Techster Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LouisianaTechSoftball.
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