April 3, 2013
SAN MARCOS, Texas - Following a five-game home-stand that saw it go undefeated, Louisiana Tech will hit the road this weekend to face Texas State in an important three-game Western Athletic Conference series at Bobcat Softball Stadium.
Tech (18-15, 4-2 WAC) and Texas State (7-27, 2-4 WAC) will play a doubleheader Friday at 4 p.m. and then will wrap the series up with a single game Saturday at 1 p.m.
The Lady Techsters are currently in a two-way tie for third place in the WAC standings, one game behind both New Mexico State and San Jose State. Texas State is in a tie for sixth place in the league standings.
"They lost their No. 1 pitcher to an injury," said Tech head coach Mark Montgomery. "Anytime that happens it throws you for a loop. She was their No. 2 pitcher last year and was stepping into the No. 1 role, and I am positive she was going to be great.
"They are now throwing girls that aren't used to (the load); however, these girls are dangerous now because they are getting innings and developing confidence to go out and play. Despite this team's struggles they still have that swag and they still know what they did last year. Any type of momentum can turn their season around. We don't want that to be us."
Tech enters the contest with its five-game winning streak, the longest since 2009. The LA Tech softball program hasn't won six in a row or more since it won eight straight in 2001. The Lady Techsters are 9-2 all-time against the Bobcats although the two teams have played since 1999.
Reigning WAC hitter of the week Melanie Goff leads the Lady Techsters offensively as her .439 batting average ranks No. 1 in the league. Despite missing 14 games this year, Goff leads the team in RBI with 24, including 11 in the last five games.
In addition to Goff, Kristen Miles (.414, 28 runs, 12-13 SB), Erin Kipp (.371, 13 doubles, 10-12 SB), Anna Cross (.346, 4 HR, 23 RBI, 17-18 SB), Meghan Knowles (.322, 3 HR, 13 RBI), Alayna Kipp (.317, 2 HR, 13 RBI), Janna Frandrup (.316, 15 RBI) and Amanda Krueger (.305, 4 HR, 17 RBI) lead Tech offensively. Dacia Hale (.222, 4 HR, 15 RBI) has been hot lately, hitting a home run in three straight games.
One season after winning 39 games and capturing the Southland Conference title, Texas State - who was the preseason pick to win the WAC - has struggled with the graduation of pitcher Chandler Hall and the season-ending injury to pitcher Anne Marie Taylor.
Rayn House (3-12, 3.91 ERA) and Ashley Wright (3-11, 4.49 ERA) have had to shoulder the load since the loss of Taylor early in the year. Delia Saucedo (1-1, 2.28) has also seen some action in the circle.
Offensively, the Bobcats are batting only .226 as a team. Haley Lemons (.288, 1 HR, 10 RBI), Anna Hernandez (.271, 1 HR, 7 RBI), Kellie Baker (.257, 8-9 SB) and Courtney Harris (.233, 2 HR, 18 RBI) lead Texas State.
Fans can follow all of the action this weekend via live stats at www.txstatebobcats.com. A free live audio-only broadcast can also be accessed at http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/latech.portal# with Malcolm Butler providing the call of the games. In-game Twitter updates will also be provided at @LATechSB.