March 7, 2012
THE TEXAS SERIES
Texas Tech drops to just 5-26 all-time against Texas and 2-11 in games played in Austin.
The loss was Tech's eighth-straight at the hands of the Longhorns and seventh-straight in games played in Austin.
Texas run ruled the Red Raiders in the series opener for the second-straight season as the Longhorns took a 15-2 victory in five innings on April 22 last year.
Blaire Luna's shutout marked the third time in the two school's last four series openers that Texas had kept the Red Raiders scoreless.
TEXAS TECH IN BIG 12 OPENERS
The loss also dropped Tech to 6-27 all-time in Big 12 series openers. The Red Raiders have now dropped their conference opener in each of the last two seasons dating back to last year's loss at the hands of No. 13 Missouri.
The game marked the earliest Tech had opened Big 12 play in school history.
The Red Raiders had never opened conference play against Texas in school history.
Tech is in the midst of its first road series to open league play since March 25-26, 2006 when the Red Raiders were swept by No. 19 Baylor in Waco.
TEXAS TECH TEAM NOTES
The loss snapped a six-game winning streak for Texas Tech. The Red Raiders had also won 16 of their last 17 coming into the game.
The Red Raiders were shut out for the third time this season and the first time since falling to Cal Poly, 3-0, Feb. 11 in the finale of the Arizona State Kajikawa Classic.
Tech's three errors in the game matched its season high set in only the second game of the year Feb. 10 against Northwestern.
The Red Raiders were run ruled for the second time this season as they also fell to Northwestern, 14-6, in six innings at the Kajikawa Classic.
The Red Raiders had not previously been run ruled in a Big 12 game since Texas' 15-2 victory over Tech on April 22 last year.
The loss marked Tech's 12th-straight to teams ranked in the top 25. Tech's last win over a ranked opponent came April 1 last year in a 5-0 victory over No. 14 Oklahoma.
The Red Raiders are now 9-26 against ranked opponents during head coach Shanon Hays' two-plus seasons with the Red Raiders.
Sandy James did not reach base for the first time in the last 16 games as the junior went 0-for-3 in the game.
Cara Custer picked up her first loss in her last 11 outings. She was previously 9-0 during that span.
The freshman gave up five runs, three of which were earned over 3.0 innings, her shortest outing in a start since going just a full inning Feb. 11 against No. 9 Stanford.
Custer's five runs allowed were her most since surrendering seven against Northwestern on Feb. 10.
Her three earned runs allowed were also her most since giving up three as well against Ohio State on Feb. 17 in Las Vegas.
Randi Tongate made her fourth start of the season behind the plate, going 1-for-2 at the plate. She has had a hit in every start this season.