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Postgame Notes

Feb. 7, 2014

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• 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.

Texas Tech junior Kristi Belshe put on quite the show in her debut as a Red Raider on Friday. The Honolulu, Haw. native, who led the NJCAA in hitting a year ago, went 2-for-4 with two RBI against Akron and then followed up with a 2-for-3 performance later in the evening against Nicholls State. Belshe powered Tech's lone home run on the day with a solo shot to lead off the Tech third inning against Akron. She was also plunked once against Nicholls State and scored what ended up being the game-winning run when she snuck under the tag at the plate off a first inning wild pitch. Tech concluded the day with 11 hits as a team, four of which that came off Belshe's bat.

Brittany Talley recorded one of the best outings of her career in the second game against Nicholls State. The senior left-hander allowed just two hits while matching her career high with seven strikeouts in the 2-0 victory. The performance was Talley's best since holding No. 9 Missouri to just one hit on April 13, 2012, in another 2-0 victory. It was Talley's first shutout since facing Marist on March 17 last year to conclude the San Diego State Classic. Talley also had seven strikeouts that day against Marist where she allowed five hits.

Similar to teammate Kristi Belshe, Lea Hopson also had a nice debut game as a Red Raider against Akron as she went 2-for-4 in the game while scoring one of Texas Tech's three runs. Hopson singled in both the first and fifth innings and followed both hits by stealing second. Hopson finished 0-for-3 in the final game against Nicholls State but reached base in the first thanks to a walk.



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