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Lady Techsters to host several tournaments in February

February 5, 2015

 

WILL TRAHAN
Sports Reporter

 

If someone does not know the game of softball, he or she will have plenty of opportunity in the month of February.

 

With three tournaments scheduled in Ruston, the Lady Techster Softball Complex will be hosting 29 games in the coming month, giving students just that chance.  The Lady Techsters themselves will be playing in 14 games at home.

 

“It is a great opportunity for students to come out and support us and it does not cost for them to come watch the games,” Head Coach Mark Montgomery said.

The Lady Techsters open the 2015 season Thursday with a six-team, four-day, 15-team Lady Techster Invitational Tournament at the Lady Techster Softball Complex. Tech will compete in six games during the tournament–Photo by Donny Crowe

The Lady Techsters open the 2015 season Thursday with a six-team, four-day, 15-team Lady Techster Invitational Tournament at the Lady Techster Softball Complex. Tech will compete in six games during the tournament–Photo by Donny Crowe

 

The team is led by two seniors, Janine Godwin and Bianca Duran, who are excited to play so much ball in front of their home crowd.

 

“It is exciting to get the chance to create that home-field environment that we have been striving for and I think we will get a lot accomplished having so many home games,” Godwin said.

 

Godwin is Louisiana Tech’s center fielder and has battled back from some injuries early in her career.

 

“She (Godwin) has worked hard to be in the lineup every day and she really started to blossom at the end of last year and has continued to do so,” Montgomery said.

 

Duran has cemented her role on the team as the No. 1 pitcher.

 

“As a senior she is very confident and composed when she pitches and is very determined,” Montgomery said.

 

Montgomery said she really does have a Bulldog mentality when she is in the circle pitching and that is the fight that his team needs.

 

“Being at home will be a really big deal for us,” Duran said. “We will have all of our friends and families plus the students that come out there. It is a big deal for us (Duran and Godwin) to be able to help turn things around for the program here at home.”

 

With such a young team, Montgomery said he is looking to some of the younger players to step up during this massive home stand.

 

Pauline Tufi spent time pitching last year and playing first base and will be the anchor RBI spot in the lineup.  She also made the Freshman All-Conference team last year for Conference USA.

 

“Tufi is a second-year player that will bat the three or four spot and I look for her to have a tremendous year,” Montgomery said.

 

Another captain for the Lady Techsters is Anna Cross.  The junior is playing third base this year and is serving as the fourth captain on the team, she will bat lead off in the lineup as well.

 

The first tournament will kick off at 3 p.m. today against the University of Louisiana at Monroe Warhawks.

 

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