@LATechSB Opens C-USA Tournament Wednesday
May 8, 2018
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Louisiana Tech is a big believer in deja vu this week.
Prior to its magical run to the 2017 Conference USA Tournament title in Hattiesburg, last year’s Lady Techster softball team suffered a series sweep on the road in Miami at the hands of FIU.
Although the three losses knocked Tech out of a top two seed and a first day bye, the Lady Techsters responded by winning four games in four days, fighting its way through the elimination bracket for its first Conference USA title.
Tech (33-21) opens this year’s tournament Wednesday when it faces the winner of No. 5 seed Marshall (25-28-1) vs. No. 8 seed WKU (27-25). First pitch is set for 4 p.m. CT. Every Lady Techster game in the C-USA Tournament can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network on KNBB 97.7 FM with Malcolm Butler providing the call.
Tech is coming off a tough weekend that saw it drop three straight games on the road at UTEP, including a heartbreaking 6-5 loss in Sunday’s finale. The losses dropped Tech from the No. 1 seed to the No. 4 seed, a very similar scenario to last year.
Despite the losses, Tech head coach Mark Montgomery said he feels last year’s success at the conference tournament combined with the lessons learned from this past weekend should help his team.
“I think every team is different,” said Montgomery. “But I do think success breeds success. The fact we have experienced pressure games for a conference championship … it should help us play more composed and ready. I thought we were our-of-character on Saturday in the two losses at UTEP. We didn’t handle the adversity like we have been the last month. I thought we came back Sunday and played hard and composed. We just didn’t finish, but it wasn’t from the lack of effort or composure.”
Like last year in Hattiesburg, LA Tech has the benefit of returning to a site where it had success during the regular season. The Lady Techsters swept three games from Charlotte in April during its 13-game winning streak, outscoring the 49ers 33-10 during the weekend.
“I think the fact we have been to Charlotte already this year and did well will help,” said Montgomery. “It lets them know that we have been here, we have won here, we did well here, and that will help them be nice and calm and relaxed when we play. That should ultimately allow us to be as successful as we can.”
Louisiana Tech has fallen on the side of the bracket that includes the only three Conference USA teams that the Lady Techsters didn’t face this year (Florida Atlantic, Marshall and WKU). Tech must win Wednesday’s game in order to advance to the double elimination portion of the tournament that begins Thursday.
This marks the 14th conference tournament that LA Tech has competed in during its program history and the Lady Techsters are 17-22 overall, 5-4 in Conference USA Tournament action.
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