April 29, 2009
LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- Louisiana Tech will play its final Western Athletic Conference series of the season when the Lady Techsters face the New Mexico State Aggies Friday and Saturday.
Tech (30-20, 10-7 WAC) and New Mexico State (31-17, 10-7 WAC) are currently tied for fourth place in the league standings and the winner of the series will earn the higher seed in the upcoming WAC Tournament in Fresno.
Friday the two teams will play a 6 p.m. CST doubleheader while Saturday's single game will start at 3 p.m.
The Lady Techsters have won 10 of their last 12 games after a split against Ole Miss on Wednesday with the two losses being one-run setbacks (2-1 vs. Utah State and 5-4 vs. Ole Miss).
Tech continues to hit home runs at a record-setting pace as the team has combined for 46 on the season, already 12 more than the previous program record of 34 hit in 2008.
Amberly Waits (.465, 14 HR, 54 RBI), Kylie Bassett (.273, 11 HR, 32 RBI) and Jessica Kirby (.252, 9 HR, 22 RBI) are the main long-ball threats for LA Tech while Danielle Sheridan (.308, 3 HR, 21 RBI) and Emma Barnes (.263, 2 HR, 13 RBI) have been the table setters.
Barnes needs only one more hit to tie the career hit record at Louisiana Tech, a record held for the past 20 years by former Lady Techster Chris Sherman (233).
Krissi Oliver (11-13) threw one of her best games of the season in a 9-1 win over Ole Miss on Wednesday, allowing only three hits in the win. Meghan Krieg (17-5) continues to lead LA Tech in wins and earned run average and the duo are a tough one-two punch in the circle.
The Aggies also posses plenty of speed in Kandis Jones (.396, 40 runs, 6 SB), Kylie Randall (363, 32 runs, 20 SB) and Kristi Randall (.313, 33 runs, 8 SB).
Kim Watson is the ace of the Aggies staff, recording a 19-10 mark with a 2.33 earned run average although she has surrendered 31 home runs in 190.1 innings of action.
All three games can be heard over the Internet with LA Tech Associate A.D. Malcolm Butler providing the play-by-play action via TRZ Teamline. Fans can access the audio of the games by logging onto www.latechsports.com and clicking on the Internet Audio link on the softball page.