May 6, 2010
FRESNO - Louisiana Tech will have plenty of motivation Friday night when the Lady Techsters face Fresno State at 10 p.m. CT on Bulldog Diamond in the first game of a three-game Western Athletic Conference series this weekend.
Not only will the Lady Techsters be making the national television debut for the program, but they will be trying to do something that no other LA Tech team has ever done - win at Bulldog Diamond.
The contest is set for ESPNU with Holly Rowe and Garland Cooper providing the play-by-play and color commentary. ESPNU is available to more than 68.5 million households and has long-term agreements with nine of the top 10 providers.
Tech fans can also hear the game on the radio as all three games of the series will be carried on KPCH 99.3 FM and via the internet at www.latechsports.com.
Tech (25-17, 10-8 WAC) is 0-11 all-time in Fresno - the only opponent in the WAC that the Lady Techsters have never beaten on the road. However, after losing the 21 of the first 22 in the all-time series against Fresno State (34-16, 13-5 WAC), LA Tech has won three of the last seven meetings.
Heading into the series, Tech has wrapped up no worse than a fourth-place finish in the league standings but a three-game sweep over the California-based Bulldogs could propel the Lady Techsters into second place - and a first round bye in the upcoming WAC Tournament. However, a sweep over Fresno State is a large task to ask as the Bulldogs are 20-3 at home this year.
Tech is in the midst of a season-best four game winning streak after a three-game sweep over Nevada last weekend in Ruston. The Lady Techsters have already locked up a winning season overall and need at least one win against Fresno State to record a second straight winning record in WAC play.
Two of the top pitchers in the WAC will most likely square off in Friday night's contest as Tech junior Meghan Krieg (18-13, 2.27 ERA) and Fresno State sophomore Michelle Moses (8-1, 1.43) are the probable starters.
Offensively, Fresno State ranks third in the WAC with a .293 team batting average. Haley Gilliland (.373, 16-19 SB), Andrea Ortega (.352, 3 HR, 23 RBI), Caitlin Stiglich (.349, 5 HR, 29 RBI) and Moses (.346, 17 HR, 51 RBI) lead the Bulldogs.
Reigning WAC Player of the Year Amberly Waits is the WAC's top hitter, batting .437 with 10 home runs and 31 RBI.