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July 13, 2017

This marks Katie Smith’s first time being honored as the C-USA Player of the Week. – Photos courtesy of Louisiana Tech Athletic Communications

Louisiana Tech Athletic Communications

 

Louisiana Tech junior Katie Smith was named the Conference USA Player of the Week following her performance in the Lady Techsters three-game sweep over North Texas this past weekend in Ruston.

 

Smith batted .833 on the weekend with a .750 on-base percentage. The Bossier City native notched two doubles and scored two runs while recording three RBI and slugging at a 1.167 clip.  Her effort helped Tech clinch the West Division title for the first time in program history.

 

She also laid down a sacrifice bunt and recorded her fourth sacrifice fly of the year (tied for second among league leaders). Smith has been a solid contributor to the Lady Techster defense and has been a part of 13 double plays turned this season (third-most among C-USA leaders).

 

In Tech’s 5-3 win over North Texas in game one of the series, Smith recorded a pair of doubles and scored two runs, including an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning.

 

In Tech’s 6-4 win in game two, Smith had two more hits, including a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the fifth to provide an insurance run.

 

In the final game of the weekend sweep, Smith had a two-out RBI single in the fourth to up the lead to 2-0 and a sacrifice fly in the sixth to tally the final run.

 

This is Smith’s first career weekly honor.

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