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Tech softball becoming a family affair

May 3, 2012

 

REINA KEMPT
Associate Sports Editor

 

Erin Kipp and Alayna Kipp are sisters from Bullard, Texas, and just one year behind each other. The sisters also serve as teammates on the Lady Techster softball team. These ladies have been playing ball together ever since they were toddlers and have grown up to compete on the collegiate level with one another.

 

Erin, a sophomore, said they always knew they wanted to play together,m so when head coach Sarah Dawson recruited them both, she was ecstatic.

 

“I was really excited about me and my sister being able to play together,” Erin said. “We started playing together as kids and we always thought it would be great to finish together.”

 

Alayna, the younger of the two and a freshman at Tech, said she couldn’t wait to get to Tech to play with her sister once again. She said she always looked up to her big sister and being able to play on the next level with Erin was a dream come true.

 

“The reason we love Tech so much is because they recruited us at the same time,” Alayna said. “They wanted us to continue playing together.”

 

But with all fun and games aside, it’s the most crucial part of season and the Techsters are lacking consistency offensively. The team is batting .239 at this point in the season and will need to improve in order to knock off the competition.

 

There have been a lot of ups and downs these past few weeks for the Lady Techsters softball squad, but Erin and Alayna both said they are ready and focused to take on Fresno State (31-20, 11-5) in what will be the last regular season game.

 

Dawson said she knows her team is struggling but this series against Fresno State would be a great time to turn things around before going into the WAC tournament hosted in New Mexico.

 

“We have a lot of work to do but we just have to take it one game at a time,” Dawson said. “Each win from here is just a momentum builder for us to continue to build on.”

 

Fresno State is currently ranked third in the conference behind Hawaii and Brigham Young. Tech will have to buckle down on defense and match their intensity offensively despite their current woes at the plate.

 

The Lady Techsters are one of only three teams in the Western Athletic Conference that have gone to the championship tournament every year since 2006 alongside Hawaii and Fresno State.

 

A feat like that has been accomplished by a team full of underclassmen with only two seniors. Those seniors, Kendra Harmon and Charday Wilson, have played their last regular season home game at the Lady Techster Softball Complex last Saturday in a split doubleheader against Nevada.

 

For the rest of the squad, it’s a building process and no better game to build and finish the regular season strong with than the Lady Bulldogs.

 

The game against Fresno State will be available on Gametracker for all fans who would like to follow the action on the West Coast.

 

The Lady Techsters and the Bulldogs will meet up Friday at 8 p.m. and again Saturday for a doubleheader starting at 3 p.m. in Fresno, Calif.

 

Email comments to rjk007@latech.edu.


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