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Techsters aim for WAC win over BYU Cougars

April 19, 2012

 

DEREL AMAYA
Sports Reporter

 

The Lady Techsters softball squad will face the newest addition to the Western Athletic Conference, Brigham Young University, April 20 and 21 at the Lady Techsters Softball Complex in hopes of bouncing back in conference play after being swept by Hawaii.

 

This will be the first time the Techsters have played BYU since joining the conference, and a series sweep would bring them one step closer to joining the WAC Tournament.

 

Head coach Sarah Dawson, after an unsuccessful road trip in Hawaii, said the team is glad to be back in Ruston to play for the home crowd and see the team determined to finish the season by qualifying the conference tournament.

 

“We lost three to Hawaii and need to get back on the winning track,” said Dawson. “With two weeks left of conference games, each win is critical. We’re still fighting to secure our spot in conference finals.”

 

The Techsters were swept in a three-game series against Hawaii but look to regain momentum against a team they have yet to play and has played well in conference play up to this point.

 

“They are a brand new team to our conference,” Dawson said. “We are looking forward to the challenge. They are a tough team. Our expectations are to get back home with our fans, come out explosive and do a good job pitching.”

 

BYU swept conference rivals Utah State last week and have made a statement with a 28-12 record on the season against tough competition.

 

“We need to work to what our strengths are,” Dawson said. “We do not need to try to get too cute or get out of what we usually do. We are happy with the girls in our line up. We need to play quality games.”

 

Dawson said she is pleased with her pitching staff and does not want to change anything.

 

“It has been pretty easy to keep the team focused,” Dawson said. “Playing at home and to play in the tournamet is something really to play for. The girls do not need need motivation from the coaches.”

 

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