Feb. 8, 2013
TEXAS TECH TEAM NOTES
Texas Tech opened its season with a victory for the fifth-straight year as the Red Raiders are now 10-8 all-time in season openers.
The victory marked the second time the Red Raiders have opened a season with a victory over UCF as Tech also topped the Knights, 12-4, in 2009.
The victory evens the series between Tech and UCF as the two teams are 2-2 all-time against each other.
Texas Tech's 12 runs marked the program's most in a season opener since also scoring 12 against UCF in 2009. It was also the second-most runs to open a season in school history as Tech defeated Western New Mexico, 15-0, in 1998.
Texas Tech used a total of eight players who were making their debut in scarlet and black.
Hays became the Texas Tech all-time winningest coach as the fourth-year skipper picked up his 112nd career victory while with the Red Raiders. Hays is now 122-51 in three-plus season at Tech.
Hays passed UCF head coach Renee Luers-Gillespie, who totaled 121 wins while at Texas Tech from 1996-2000.
Perez connected on her 16th career home run in the fourth inning, driving a two-run shot off the scoreboard in left field. The home run moves Perez into a tie for ninth all-time in Texas Tech history.
Perez finished 3-for-3 at the plate with three RBI. It was her 18th career multiple-hit game and 16th career multiple-RBI performance.
Kenney also added a two-run homer in the game as she drove a third-inning shot deep over the fence in center field. It was Kenney's school-record 33 career home run.
Johnson went 2-for-4 at the plate in her first ever appearance at Texas Tech. She was one of three Red Raiders to finish with at least two hits in the game.
Elkins made her first career collegiate start behind the plate as she went 1-for-2 with a two-run double in the third inning.
Talley earned the opening-game for the second time in her career as she gave up one run off four hits in 4.2 innings of work. It was the 27th career victory for Talley over her two-plus seasons.