The Louisiana Tech softball team hits the home stretch of its season this weekend against Seattle University. This is not an ordinary series as the Lady Techsters are in control of their own destiny to play in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament.
The Lady Techsters play Seattle twice on Friday and once on Saturday before the WAC Tournament starts.
Before the Lady Techsters can prepare for the WAC Tournament, they must win one out of three games on the road against Seattle or risk losing the opportunity of playing in the WAC Tournament.
“We (Tech softball team) have two ways to get into the WAC Tournament,” head coach Mark Montgomery said. “We have to win one game this weekend or the University of Texas Arlington has to lose a game this weekend.”
The UTA Mavericks are on the road and play against the University of Texas at San Antonio. The Mavericks are 1-11 on the road while UTSA is 11-7 at home.
Even knowing those facts, Montgomery said the Lady Techsters softball team still needs to go out there and handle business this weekend.
“We feel confident that we will play in the WAC Tournament,” He said. “We want to take care of business ourselves without anybody doing it for us, and if we do so we should have no worries.”
Even with the different scenarios the Bulldogs have to reach the WAC Tournament, Montgomery said he is not changing his approach to this weekend game.
“We are going to out there and play every series the same,” Montgomery said. “Which is to be competitive, do everything we can do to win a game and just be us. Let’s prepare for this weekend just like any other weekend. Be the best Louisiana Tech softball team we can and everything else should play out.”
Senior infielder Meghan Knowles said she knows the importance of this weekend’s series.
“This weekend is intense,” Knowles said. “It is do or die, either win or do not get the opportunity to play on your home field. We are going to try and not think about the pressure of this weekend.”
Despite the urgency this weekend has for the Lady Techsters softball team, Knowles said the team is ready for the challenge.
The Lady Techsters stand at 23-24 overall and hold a conference record of 8-10. With the opportunity this weekend brings, Montgomery and Knowles have high expectations once Tech makes it into the WAC Tournament.
“I believe we are going win it,” Montgomery said.
“Our goal is to win it and get a berth to the National Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament,” Knowles said.
The 2013 WAC Softball Tournament well be held May 8-11 at the Louisiana Tech Softball Complex.
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