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TEXAS TECH TEAM NOTES
Texas Tech fell to 12-7 all-time in home openers with its 2-0 loss to Sam Houston State.
The Red Raiders were previously a perfect 4-0 in home openers under head coach Shanon Hays
Sam Houston State improved to 4-2 all-time against Texas Tech with the win as the Bearkats were making their first ever trip to Lubbock.
Texas Tech's finale against Rhode Island marked the first ever meeting between the two schools.
The Red Raiders were shutout against Sam Houston State for the second-straight game dating back to last Saturday's 1-0 loss against Creighton. Texas Tech had not previously been shutout in consecutive games since the opening two games of the Oklahoma series (April 12-13) last year.
The Red Raiders combined for 10 hits in the two games, dropping their season average to a perfect .300 clip.
The Texas Tech pitching staff had another good day in the circle, allowing just two earned runs over 14 innings Friday. The Red Raiders now boast a 2.19 ERA through 17 games.
Texas Tech plated four runs in the fourth inning against Rhode Island, its most in a single inning since scoring seven on Feb. 15 against Weber State.
Texas Tech's 5-0 victory over Rhode Island marked the third shutout for the Red Raider pitching staff this year and the first since topping Texas Southern, 2-0, on Feb. 9.
TEXAS TECH PLAYER NOTES
Sydni Emanuel went 2-for-3 in the opening game against Sam Houston State for her team-leading seventh multiple-hit game this season. The performance extended Emanuel's hitting streak to 13 games at the time.
Emanuel's hitting streak came to an end against Rhode Island, however, as the freshman went 0-for-2 with a first inning walk. It was previously the longest hitting streak for a Red Raider since Adriana Perez hit safely in 14 games during the 2012 season.
Lea Hopson also had another significant streak come to an end against Rhode Island as she failed to reach base for the first time this season. Sydni Emanuel now has the longest current reached base streak at 14 games.
Hopson started the day by going 2-for-3 against Sam Houston State, marking her fifth multiple-hit game this season which is second on the team behind Emanuel.
Ashley Fultz made her first career start against Rhode Island and delivered with her first career home run, a three-run shot over the fence in left center. It marked the fourth home run by a Red Raider freshman this season.
Susan Welborn made her first career start behind the plate against Rhode Island. The freshman hit cleanup and went 1-for-3 at the plate with a single and run scored in the fourth inning.
Cara Custer had her most impressive day in the circle this season as she combined to toss nine shutout innings. Custer went three innings of relief against Sam Houston State, allowing just two hits while striking out three before coming back to start against Rhode Island. She tossed six shutout innings against the Rams, giving up four hits while striking out six as well.
Custer's win over the Rams marked her 43rd as a Red Raider, moving her into sole possession of third all-time in the Texas Tech record book. She passed Erin Crawford, who totaled 42 wins from 2003-06.
With her nine strikeouts today, Cara Custer became just the fifth Red Raider all-time to reach 300 for her career 307 over two-plus seasons, which is 12 shy of Emily Hayes (1996-99) for fourth in the Texas Tech record book.
Gretchen Aucoin knocked in her third run of the season with a RBI double in the fourth inning against Rhode Island. Aucoin took the loss in the circle against Sam Houston despite giving up just two runs over four innings.