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Softball open WAC play at home

March 22, 2012

 

REINA KEMPT
Associate Sports Editor

 

After a 13-16 start to the season and big wins over UT-Arlington, the Lady Techster softball squad is looking to heat things up in their Western Athletic Conference opener against Utah State (8-17) on their home field.

 

The teams will meet up at 6 p.m. on Friday and then return to the field for a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. Saturday.

 

With a sweep against UTA, the Techsters are eager to feed off those victories and take it one game at a time. The WAC preseason polls had the Techsters in sixth place this year, but this squad hopes to prove the softball world wrong.

 

Head coach Sarah Dawson said she believes the reason for their recent success can all be summed up in one word: practice. She said with all the games they have been playing, they barely had time to really practice and improve.

 

“We weren’t playing well earlier in the season because we hadn’t had an opportunity to practice,” Dawson said. “We were getting a little out of shape as far as defense goes without practice.”

 

The Techsters have had a streak of home games since March 12, which gave them plenty of time to rest, practice and more importantly, attend class.

 

“We have been traveling so much on the road we were getting out of shape,” Dawson said. “We weren’t playing well as far as defense but we have more work to do.”

 

Tech is in the midst of a ten-game home stand, despite several games being cancelled or postponed for different reasons.

 

The time off has left plenty of time to work on fundamentals.

 

“We have been committing quite a few errors in the last couple games,” Dawson said. “We really got to practice and work on our game and we only committed two or three errors against UT-Arlington.”

 

Upon having this time to rest up, players like Michelle Jones, a junior shortstop, and Erin Kipp, a sophomore outfielder, said they are focusing on conference play and how to go about leading this team. Kipp said the best mentality to give the younger players is every game is the same.

 

“I tell them they just have to stay calm and keep doing what they’re doing,” Kipp said. “Don’t let conference affect them, it’s just another game. Conference is still the most important and its games that we have to win.”

 

The Aggies, now riding a nine-game losing streak, will be looking for their first win in two weeks and to start their WAC season with a win. This is a chance for the Tech squad to advance their winning streak and start conference play with a win.

 

Jones said she knows what to expect in conference play and she is going to instill that in her teammates.

 

“We just have to stay together,” Jones said. “If we start to drift apart and do our own individual thing, that’s when we don’t do so well.

 

With the Techsters knowing what they need to do in order to be successful during the WAC season, one can expect an interesting season.

 

The game against Utah State will be available to watch on GameTracker for all the Techster supporters who want to watch from home. Updates of this game will also be available through the Tech Talk Sports twitter page at www.twitter.com/tecktalksports.

 

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