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April 11, 1997

Tech Softball Weekend Schedule Changed Due to Snow, Cold

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech softball team has rescheduled their weekend road trip due to unseasonably cold weather in Iowa and Nebraska. Tech was originally set to play Iowa State on Saturday and Nebraska on Sunday. However, due to a winter snow storm, Tech will face Nebraska on Sunday and Iowa State on Monday.

"The winter storms in Iowa and Nebraska have forced us to shuffle our schedule so that we can get these games in this weekend. Hopefully by Monday some warmer temperatures will have melted the snow so that we can play," Texas Tech head coach Renee Luers-Gillispie said.

On Sunday, Tech will face Nebraska in a doubleheader beginning at noon on Sunday in Lincoln. The Huskers are led by Jennifer Lizama with a batting average of .333 on the season. Jenny Voss is Nebraska's top pitcher with an ERA of 1.15. The Huskers have an overall mark of 15-15 with a Big 12 record of 2-2. Last meeting, Nebraska took two games from Tech before the final match was canceled due to inclement weather.

Tech will play a doubleheader against Iowa State beginning at 2 p.m. on Monday. The Cyclones are 13-13 on the season and 1-3 in Big 12 play. They are led by Jessica Polo, who is batting .306. Senior pitcher Courtney is the team's top hurler. She has a current ERA of 1.81 and has recorded 91 strikeouts this season. Last season, Iowa State took three games from Tech in Ames.

The trip will mark a return home for four of the fifteen Red Raiders. Jenny Cannon, Lora DeLashmutt, Jessica Karenke, and Kim Tillett are all from around the state of Iowa. Head Coach Renee Luers-Gillispie is also a product of Iowa. She played high school softball in Danville, Iowa and then began her collegiate career at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

"Despite the weather, this will be a nice road trip for us because several of our athletes will get to see their families for the first time since Christmas. We have great crowds cheering us on when we play Iowa State, because all the parents, friends and other relatives come out and watch us play," Gillispie said.

The Red Raiders, who are 33-23-1 on the season, are still looking for their first Big 12 victory. They are currently 0-8 in conference action. This road trip will mark the first time this season that Tech has not faced a conference opponent that is ranked in the national polls.

Junior infielder Kim Martinez is still leading the Big 12 Conference with a batting average of .506. Others making an appearance on the list are freshmen Ellen Middleton (.302) and Tamara Harrington (.296) The Texas Tech team batting average of .303 is the second best in the league behind Missouri. The Red Raiders lead the conference in doubles (78), and are second in hits (446), triples and runs batted in (249).

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