April 18, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Louisiana Tech returns to league play Friday and Saturday when the Lady Techsters face Utah State in a three-game Western Athletic Conference series at Johnson Field.
The series begins Friday with a 3 p.m. doubleheader and will culminate Saturday with a 1 p.m. single game.
Tech enters the weekend with a 21-20 overall record and tied for third place in the WAC standings with a 6-6 mark. Utah State is 8-36 overall and alone in eighth and last place in the WAC standings with a 2-10 record.
The Lady Techsters have dropped three of their last four games after falling 8-2 to Southeastern Louisiana in a mid-week game on Wednesday in Ruston.
"We have to play Louisiana Tech softball," said LA Tech head coach Mark Montgomery. "Louisiana Tech softball is 100 percent all-out effort and all-out enthusiasm. It's really being excited about playing, knowing we are all going to work to give the energy to this team. If we do this successfully, we can win games.
We have to play like it is a big series, but we don't want to press. We just want to play ball. They are a good team, but so are we. We just have to play Louisiana Tech softball."
USU is looking to rebound in WAC play as it dropped a three-game series last week to Seattle U on the road. This weekend's series will be the final match-up between the two conference foes who have been meeting every season since the Aggies joined the WAC in 2005-06.
The Aggies have struggled offensively all season long, sporting only a .223 batting average with a league-low eight home runs and 31 doubles on the season. Christine Thomsen (.407, 1 HR, 8 RBI) and Hailey Froton (.317, 11 RBI) lead Utah State at the plate while Nicole Arata is the team's top run producer with three home runs and 17 RBI.
In the circle, Utah State relies on the one-two punch of Mandy Harmon (2-21, 4.69) and Noelle Johnson (3-13, 5.27 ERA). Shelbi Tyteca (3-2, 5.12) is the Aggies top reliever having made 33 appearances out of the bullpen.
Cross (5-5, 3.50 ERA), Michelle Jones (10-8, 3.68) and Goff (2-3, 3.13) could all see starts in the circle this weekend while Frandrup (1-2, 6.30 ERA) and Erin Kipp (3-2, 5.62) could also log some innings in relief.
Fans can follow all of the action this weekend via live stats at www.usuaggies.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.