March 21, 2014
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Louisiana Tech showed some much needed moxie Thursday with its 7-3 come-from-behind win at Belmont, the first road victory of the season for the Lady Techsters.
Head coach Mark Montgomery's team scored seven runs in its final two at bats to register the win and hopefully garner some confidence heading into this weekend's three-game road Conference USA series at Middle Tennessee.
Tech (9-19, 0-6 C-USA) and the Blue Raiders (6-23, 1-5 C-USA) will play a doubleheader Saturday at 1 p.m. and a single game Sunday at 12 p.m. and live stats and video is available at GoBlueRaiders.com.
Both teams are fighting to move up in the current league standings as LA Tech is 0-6 in Conference USA action while the Blue Raiders are 1-5. Three of Tech's six league losses have come by one run or in the final inning.
Junior Bianca Duran and freshman Pauline Tufi continue to lead the Lady Techsters at the plate and in the circle. Duran is batting .306 with eight doubles and 14 RBI while also registering a 3-12 mark and a 3.68 earned run average in the circle, numbers that aren't indicative of her arsenal. Tufi is batting .253 with seven doubles, two home runs and a team-high 19 RBI. She is 6-4 in the circle with a 3.75 ERA.
Kristen Miles (.348, 18 runs), Tori Charters (.308, 6 runs), Erin Kipp (.293, 17 runs, 11-12 SB) and Janine Godwin (.275, 11 runs) have also been some of Tech's top offensive threats thus far this season.
Laura Dukes (.346, 2 HR, 14 RBI), Kayla Toney (.340, 6 HR, 23 RBI) and Nina Dever (.292, 2 HR, 13 RBI) are the top offensive threats for MT while LaRi Mitchell (.279, 14 runs, 16-18 SB) is its top base stealing threat.
Jordyn Fisherback (3-8, 4.01 ERA), Shelby Stinnett (1-10, 4.24 ERA) and Caitlin McClure (2-5, 5.67 ERA) comprise the Middle Tennessee pitching staff.