@LATechSB Travels to UTSA for Weekend Series
April 20, 2017
RUSTON – Louisiana Tech’s history of playing softball in San Antonio isn’t a long one and it’s definitely not a positive one. The Lady Techsters have dropped all six games to UTSA at Roadrunner Field.
However, this year’s Lady Techsters haven’t allowed the past to affect the present, already accomplishing numerous feats that no other LA Tech softball team has done in league play.
Tech (29-16, 12-3 C-USA) enters this weekend’s three-game series against UTSA (17-27, 7-11 C-USA) sitting in first place in the West Division and trailing only Marshall in the overall conference standings. The series includes a Saturday doubleheader at 1 p.m. and a Sunday single game at 1 p.m.
Head coach Mark Montgomery’s group has already swept back-to-back Conference USA road series over Southern Miss and UAB, entering the weekend with a 6-0 record in road league games. Tech has also won six straight C-USA games, one win shy of tying the program record of seven straight conference wins set back in 2005.
The Lady Techsters 12 wins in conference play this year has also tied a program record for a single season and with nine regular season C-USA games remaining, this year’s squad should shatter that mark.
However, Montgomery knows this weekend’s series will be a challenge.
“We know how difficult a place that is to play,” said Montgomery, who has seen his team swept twice in three-game series in San Antonio since joining the league. “UTSA is built for that park. They play awfully well at home, and they have taken it to us both times we have played series in San Antonio. We will focus on the process and let the outcomes be what they are.
“We have played really well on the road in league play this year because we have pitched well, played great defense and come up with some timely hitting. That’s a formula for winning, and we have done that in our previous two road league series. Our players know what is at stake, and they are excited about the weekend.”
UTSA enters the weekend fighting for their Conference USA Tournament lives. The Roadrunners are currently in a two-way tie for eighth place in the 12-team league with only the top eight teams qualifying for the C-USA Tournament in Hattiesburg in May. If the tournament started today, the Roadrunners would be on the outside.
“Both teams have a lot to play for this weekend,” said Montgomery. “I expect three tough games. It's senior weekend for them and they will have even more motivation.”
UTSA is 6-3 at home in C-USA games, winning two of three against FIU, UAB and UTEP. The Roadrunners lead the all-time series against LA Tech 17-4.
LA Tech fans can listen to a live audio broadcast of all three games through the Louisiana Tech X mobile app with Malcolm Butler providing a call of the action.
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