@LATechSB Opens Fall Season Friday

Sept. 28, 2017

RUSTON -- Louisiana Tech will host Odessa Community College Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the Lady Techsters Softball Complex in the first of eight fall games.

The contest is scheduled for 10 innings and admission is free.

Head coach Mark Montgomery's program is coming off a 38-win season, a Conference USA Tournament title and an NCAA Regional appearance. Tech returns 15 letterwinners from last year, including six everyday position players and all four pitchers. The Lady Techsters also welcome 10 newcomers to the roster, including nine true freshmen and one transfer.

"We feel like we have a great nucleus coming back from last year, and we are really focused on taking even another step this season," said Tech head coach Mark Montgomery. "I feel we have gotten to the point we have experienced depth. This will allow us to bring the younger players along slower. We won't have to depend on them early in the year.

"I think we have some talented newcomers that will contribute this year, and these falls games are so important. They give those young players an opportunity to get acclimated to the college game. We are excited about this season and the fall will give us a better idea of where we are at."

Tech returns all-conference standouts in outfielders Morgan Turkoly, Ali Galaz and Jazlyn Crowder , catcher Marilyn Rizzato and pitchers Preslee Gallaway and Krystal De La Cruz.

Tech also returns three-year starters in shortstop Katie Smith and second baseman Karlee Jensen.



Lady Techster softball fans can follow the program through social media avenues, including twitter (@LATechSB) and facebook.com/LouisianaTechSoftball.


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