April 11, 2013
RUSTON - Two of the top three teams in the Western Athletic Conference standings will meet this weekend when Louisiana Tech hosts San Jose State in a three-game series at the Lady Techster Softball Complex.
Due to on-going renovations at the facility in preparation for the upcoming WAC Tournament in early May, fans are encouraged to bring lawn chairs out for this weekend's series as the existing bleachers have been torn down and the new ones won't be completed for a few weeks. The series starts Friday with a single game at 6 p.m. and will culminate Saturday with a doubleheader at 1 p.m.
LA Tech (20-17, 5-4) is in a two-way tie for third place in the WAC standings after dropping two out of three games on the road last weekend at Texas State. The Lady Techsters are coming off an impressive 5-0 win at Northwestern State Wednesday night.
San Jose State (29-13, 7-2 WAC) took two out of three against Seattle last weekend at home but is coming in to Ruston after falling 7-1 at Top 25 Stanford Wednesday night. San Jose State leads the all-time series 21-16, including wins in six of the last seven meetings.
"San Jose is the No. 2 team in the conference," said Tech head coach Mark Montgomery. "We know it will be tough. We needed to feel good going into this series. You always play better when you feel better. Our win over Northwestern State (Wednesday) was a good win and hopefully got us back to where we need to be.
"We have to play all elements of game (this weekend). We still have to play good defense. We have to get good offensive production; quality at bats. We have to pitch well which we did against Northwestern State. It will take an all-around performance against a very good San Jose State team."
The Spartans pitching staff is anchored by senior Amanda Pridmore, who enters the weekend with a 17-9 record and a 1.89 earned run average. Pridmore has 186 strikeouts in 166.2 innings this year and needs just four more strikeouts to become the program career leader.
Offensively, Markesha Collins (.378, 7 HR, 29 RBI) and Michelle Cox (.346, 33 runs, 15-17 SB) are the leaders for San Jose State while Cheryl Frietas (.326, 2 HR, 22 RBI), Devin Caldwell (.323, 22 runs) and Jessie Hufstetler (.304, 2 HR, 21 RBI) are also consistent contributors.
Offensively, Tech continues to receive balanced production throughout its lineup, including Goff (.400, 25 RBI), Kristen Miles (.384, 29 runs, 14-16 SB), Erin Kipp (.361, 13 doubles, 11-13 SB), Janna Frandrup (.343, 21 RBI), Cross (.337, 5 HR, 26 RBI, 17-18 SB), Alayna Kipp (.330, 2 HR, 15 RBI), Amanda Krueger (.311, 5 HR, 20 RBI, 12-13 SB), Meghan Knowles (.302, 4 HR, 14 RBI) and Dacia Hale (.235, 4 HR, 17 RBI).
Fans can follow all of the action this weekend via live stats at www.LATechSports.com and via Twitter updates at @LATechSB. Fans can also access a live audio and video feed of the games by purchasing a subscription to LA Tech All-Access at www.LATechSports.com. Fans are encouraged to become a fan of the Lady Techster Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LouisianaTechSoftball.