The Lady Techsters softball team started their season out with two south Louisiana tournaments at Southeastern Louisiana University and McNeese State.They start the 2013 season 5-4.
New head coach Mark Montgomery said the team had a great offseason and the players are buying into the new system.
“We understand we want to get better each month of the season,” Montgomery said. “We expect to win the Western Athletic Conference.”
Montgomery is the third head coach at Tech in three decades. Montgomery was highly successful at Centenary and Northern Colorado. He has over 12 years of head coaching experience and over 330 victories on the collegiate level.
He said preperation for this season was great and his girls are ready.
“Offseason went great; we started in September,” Montgomery said. “The kids have really been working hard and I believe things will look great out on the field.”
Where there is adversity, seniors like Michelle Jones, Janna Frandrup and Melanie Goff are the ones coaches expect to step up, and Montgomery said he is expecting these ladies to do just that.
“I hope that all the players have impact moments but I expect to rely on some senior pitching this season,” Montgomery said. “We are going to really rely on them.”
These senior players and the rest of the Lady Techsters look to make a statement in the Southern Miss tournament this weekend.
“They are excited to play against somebody besides themselves,” Montgomery said. “For the last month and half they been hitting, pitching and fielding. They are excited to get out and see how they do against other teams.”
The Techsters get ready for the Southern Miss tournament this weekend with their opening game against Northwestern State at 12 p.m. Saturday followed by Southern Miss at 5 p.m.
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The Bulldogs baseball team started their season just last week against University of Texas-Arlington and University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
They look to play Oral Roberts in a three-game series starting at 6 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at the J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
Head coach Wade Simoneaux said he and his team has been practicing and looking forward to the start of the season all fall.
“We took 27-30 days in the fall, then we had about two and a half to three weeks of practice,” he said. “I wish we had a little longer but I think all coaches think that way. Our guys worked hard and their ready to compete.”
One thing Simoneaux said he is sure about is has a team full of experienced veterans, and he plans to use that to their advantage when it comes to mentoring new players and succeeding in pressure situations.
“We got a veteran ball team,” Simoneaux said. “It’s nice to have that veteran leadership not only on the field but the bench. They’ve been through the ups and downs of the season and they understand what it takes to win.”
Early on in the season Simoneaux said he will use a variety of different lineups to test the waters.
“We will be using a host of guys (pitchers), so guys are going to get opportunities to put their nose in the lineup, get on the mound and show us what they can do because we have to figure out who can do what in different situations,” he said.
Simoneaux said losing games early in the season does not concern him.
“You can’t worry about losing a ball game early on because you have to try to develop guys along the way,” he said.
Simoneaux said he is preparing for a steep conference schedule, he said new conference teams like Dallas Baptist have done big things in the past and he does not overlook their talents.
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