Feb. 7, 2014
TEXAS TECH GAME NOTES
Texas Tech's season opening loss to Akron snapped a five-game winning streak in season openers for the Red Raiders, who dropped to 10-9 all-time in such games.
Texas Tech had not previously lost its season opener under fifth year head coach Shanon Hays.
The Akron game marked Texas Tech's season opener after its scheduled contest against Southeastern Louisiana for Thursday was cancelled due to cold and rainy conditions.
Texas Tech and Akron were facing each other for the first time in school history.
Texas Tech improved to 2-1 all-time against Nicholls State as the two schools were facing each other for the first time since Feb. 13, 1999.
Texas Tech had several new faces spread throughout its lineup Friday as 10 newcomers - Kristi Belshe, Kady Crow, Lea Hopson, Brittany Lee, Sydni Emanuel, Kierra Miles, Brittany Warnecke, Ashley Fultz, Cassie McClure and Camaury Washington - all made their Red Raider debut.
Texas Tech had four freshmen in its starting lineup against Akron. Six of Tech's school-record 11 freshmen appeared in the season opener.
When the Red Raiders had runners on base, they were active often, stealing five bases in the two games. Both Sydni Emanuel and Lea Hopson swiped two bases each while Camaury Washington added one of her own as well.
Texas Tech's three runs against Akron marked its fewest in a season opener since scoring just one against No. 11 Washington in 2008. Washington was the last team to defeat the Red Raiders in a season opener.
Prior to this season, Texas Tech was 87-19 when scoring in the first inning under head coach Shanon Hays. The Red Raiders plated a run in the opening frame in both games Friday.
The Red Raiders are now 24-15 in one-run games under Shanon Hays and 20-17 in two-run games during his four-plus seasons.
Cara Custer made the season opening start for the Red Raiders, breaking a three-year streak where Brittany Talley had the ball to start the year. Ashly Jacobs was the last Red Raider not named Talley to get the opening day start when she did so against Wisconsin in 2010.
BELSHE MAKES QUITE THE DEBUT IN SCARLET AND BLACK
TALLEY TOSSES TWO-HIT SHUTOUT AGAINST NICHOLLS STATE
HOPSON JOINS BELSHE WITH MULTIPLE-HIT GAME AGAINST AKRON