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@LATechSB Begins Texas Trek Wednesday

Feb. 27, 2018

BEAUMONT, Texas ââ'¬" Louisiana Tech will play the first of six straight games in Texas starting Wednesday night when the Lady Techsters travel to face Lamar at 5 p.m. at the Lamar University Softball Complex.

The contest will be streamed on Facebook Live as fans can access the link on the softball schedule page on LATechSports.com. Fans can also hear the Lady Techster broadcast through the Louisiana Tech X mobile app with Malcolm Butler providing the call of the game.

Following Wednesday night's contest against the Cardinals, LA Tech (8-8) will travel to College Station to compete in the Texas A&M Invitational Friday through Sunday.

The Lady Techsters are coming off a weekend that saw them win three out of four games in their own tournament, outscoring their four opponents 20-4 in the four games. The Lady Techster pitching staff surrendered only two earned runs on the weekend to lower its team ERA to 2.67.

Tech's staff is led by junior Preslee Gallaway (3-3, 2.33 ERA), senior Bailey Allen (2-0, 2.62), sophomore Jenny Chapman (0-0, 1.17), junior Krystal De La Cruz (0-4, 3.56) and freshman Jensen Howell (3-1, 3.18).

Offensively, Tech is one of the Conference USA leaders and national leaders in stolen bases as the Lady Techsters are 40-of-44 in stolen base attempts. Tech's 2.5 stolen bases per game ranks 8th nationally. Tech is led on the base paths by Jazlyn Crowder (9-10), Katie Smith (7-7), Morgan Turkoly (5-7) and Emily Daniel (4-4).

At the plate, the Lady Techsters are starting to show signs of coming out of an early season slump. Tech is led offensively by Sloane Stewartson (.419, 2 RBI), Turkoly (.360, 6 RBI), Karlee Jensen (.257, 4 RBI), Bayli Simon (.250, 1 HR, 2 RBI), and Katie Smith (.244, 7 RBI).

Lamar (7-6) is batting almost .300 as a team led by Savana Guidry (.513, 4-5 SB), Kelly Meeuwsen (.325, 3 HR, 8 RBI), Shelby Henderson (.324, 1 HR, 11 RBI), and Maddy Myers (.308, 1 HR, 8 RBI). Four of Lamar's six losses have come to Washington (twice), Alabama and Ole Miss.

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