Techsters Travel to Fresno State for Weekend Series


 

 

May 3, 2012

FRESNO, Calif. - Louisiana Tech will close out its regular season schedule this weekend when the Lady Techsters travel to face Fresno State in a three-game Western Athletic Conference series starting Friday at 8 p.m. CT at Bulldog Diamond.

The two teams will play a doubleheader Saturday at 3 p.m. CT. Fans can follow all of the action free through Gametracker or by purchasing a subscription to Fresno State's webstreaming platform which will carry all three contests.

The Lady Techsters (22-29, 7-10 WAC) have won three of their last five games after defeating Northwestern State 4-3 in nine innings on Wednesday in Ruston. It marked the first extra inning victory of the year for LA Tech in four tries.

Tech continues to be led offensively by Melanie Goff, who is one of the WAC's top hitters with a .408 batting average which includes 14 doubles, 21 RBI and 21 runs scored. Goff and senior outfielder Kendra Harmon (.230, 7 doubles) are both riding a modest five-game hitting streak into the series.

Erin Kipp has also continued a torrid pace at the plate recently, batting .400 over the last seven games. Kipp returns to the site of her freshman season heroics when she hit a two-run home run against Fresno State to give the Lady Techsters a 2-0 victory in the first round of the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Tournament.

Michelle Jones (14-13, 2.55 ERA), Janna Frandrup (2-4, 1.38), Kipp (5-7, 5.56) and Goff (1-5, 5.71) could all see time in the circle this weekend.

Fresno State (31-20, 11-5) is looking to snap a season long three-game losing streak after being swept on the island by Hawaii last weekend. The Bulldogs are currently in third place in the WAC standings, only percentage points behind second-place BYU.

 

 

Hall of Fame coach Margie Wright's team is 22-7 at Bulldog Diamond this year, including an 8-0 mark in league games. The Bulldogs rank second in the WAC in pitching (2.59 ERA) behind the one-two punch of Michelle Moses (20-13, 1.97 ERA) and MacKenzie Oakes (9-5, 3.05 ERA). Moses leads the WAC in strikeouts with 224.

Offensively, Moses is one of the WAC leaders in home runs (16), total bases (86) and RBI (35) while Brooke Ortiz (.313, 15 RBI), Stesha Brazil (.312, 5 HR, 26 RBI) and Courtney Moore (.304, 9 HR, 24 RBI) are the Bulldogs top hitters.

Fresno State leads the all-time series against LA Tech 31-6.