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Baseball, softball struggling through

April 3, 2014
Pauline Tufi, a freshman pitcher, delivers a pitch in the military appreciation doubleheader against Florida Atlantic March 29. –Photo courtesy of Media Relations

Pauline Tufi, a freshman pitcher, delivers a pitch in the military appreciation doubleheader against Florida Atlantic March 29. –Photo courtesy of Media Relations

 

JARED KING
Staff Reporter

 

Louisiana Tech is struggling on the diamond this season as both the Bulldogs and Lady Techsters rank near the bottom of Conference USA.

 

The Bulldogs, under 12th year head coach Wade Simoneaux, are 9-17 on the season and 3-9 in C-USA play as of Wednesday morning. Simoneaux’s squad has only three conference wins, good enough for 12th place in the conference – out of 13 teams.

 

“We have played one of the toughest schedules that Tech has ever played this season,” Simoneaux said. “Every weekend we have played a quality team and the starting pitching that we have faced has been great.”

 

One bright spot this season has been the pitching of senior Richie Navari and junior Phil Maton. Navari leads the team with three wins and has posted a 1.96 ERA through six starts. Maton has started eight games and leads the team with 34 strikeouts.

 

“Richie and Maton are both veteran pitchers,” Simoneaux said. “They give everything they have each time they take the mound. We just have to do a better job of scoring runs.”

 

As the C-USA tournament approaches, Simoneaux believes the Bulldogs will be ready to compete.

 

“We have had ample opportunities to win every series we have played,” Simoneaux said. “The difficult schedule that we have played has shown the guys that we can play with anyone in the conference. I think we’ll be ready.”

 

The Lady Techsters, under second year skipper Mark Montgomery, have gotten off to a slow start after last season’s promising 27-win season. Montgomery has led his team to a 13-22 record and a 4-8 mark in C-USA play, which includes a recent nine-game skid. Overall, the Lady Techsters rank ninth in the conference standings.

 

Despite the slow start, Montgomery is confident the Techsters can turn things around in conference play.

 

“We’ve never given up,” Montgomery said. “We’ve had our share of adversity, no question about it, but we’ve stayed true to the course and the girls have kept working.”

 

Of course, there are still adjustments to be made, and Montgomery has pinpointed some areas where the Techsters need to improve.

 

“We still need to make quicker adjustments at the plate,” Montgomery said. “We have to mount some pressure and get some base runners on early in games.”

 

With the C-USA tournament in May, the Bulldogs and Techsters will look to make the necessary adjustments to put together a run in the tournament.

 

Email comments to jki008@latech.edu.

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