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Montgomery reaches milestone in Sunday sweep

April 12, 2018

 

LA Tech Athletic Communications

 

Morgan Turkoly hit two home runs and drove in seven runs to lead Louisiana Tech to an 11-2 win over Charlotte in the first game of a doubleheader sweep by the Lady Techsters Sunday afternoon at Sue M. Daughtridge Stadium.

 

Tech (23-17, 10-5 C-USA) won the second game 9-4 to complete the three-game sweep and extend its season long winning streak to seven games. The final win of the weekend was a milestone for head coach Mark Montgomery who picked up his 500th career win on the collegiate level, the 170th during his six years in Ruston.

 

“It’s certainly an honor and I’ve been blessed to have that much success but it comes on the shoulders of a lot of assistant coaches and a lot of amazing players, and the support of some wonderful University Presidents and Athletic Directors,” said Montgomery. “And of course I couldn’t have done any of this without the support of my amazing family. They have been with me this entire journey.”

 

After winning its 14th Conference USA series in its last 18, the Lady Techsters moved into a first place tie in the league standings with North Texas. It also marked the third straight season that Tech has swept a three-game road series against the host team for the Conference USA Tournament (North Texas – 2016, Southern Miss – 2017, Charlotte – 2018).

 

The 33 runs scored set a new program record for most runs in a three-game conference series, snapping the old mark of 30 set against Utah State in 2011.

 

“I think this was one of our best weekends of the year,” said Montgomery. “We played well in all three facets of the game. It was certainly nice to see our hitting continue to get better this weekend.”

 

Tech returns to action Wednesday at Stephen F. Austin before returning home to host UTSA in a three-game C-USA series Saturday and Sunday.

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