March 12, 2012
THE NEW MEXICO SERIES
The win improved Texas Tech to 18-16 all-time over New Mexico as the Red Raiders have now won four-straight against the Lobos.
Tech is also now 8-2 when facing the Lobos in Lubbock. The Red Raiders have now won five of the last six games in Lubbock.
The Red Raiders swept the Lobos for the second-consecutive year as they also took a doubleheader sweep of New Mexico on March 9 last year.
With the win, the Red Raiders are now 32-15 all-time against current members of the Mountain West Conference. Tech improved to 3-0 against Mountain West teams this year.
The game marked the first time Tech has faced a ranked New Mexico squad.
TEXAS TECH AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS
The win marked Tech's second over a ranked opponent this season as the Red Raiders are now 2-4 on the year against the top 25.
The two-game sweep marked Tech's first over a ranked opponent since defeating No. 7 Oklahoma State in an April 22, 2010 doubleheader in Lubbock.
Prior to today, Tech had not defeated a ranked opponent period since topping No. 14 Oklahoma, 5-0, on April 1 last year in Lubbock. Tech had also lost its last 13 games against top 25 opponents.
Tech is now 52 against ranked non-conference opponents under third-year head coach Shanon Hays.
Red Raiders improved to 11-27 against all ranked opponents under Hays.
The series marks the first time Tech has hosted a non-conference ranked opponent since facing No. 2 Arizona, on March 9, 2003 during the Red Raider Classic.
TEXAS TECH TEAM NOTES
The Red Raiders posted a seven-run inning for the second time today as Tech also scored seven runs in the third inning of the earlier game.
It marked the fourth time this year Tech has scored seven or more runs in an inning dating back to the 10-run eighth against North Texas (Feb. 24) and the seven-run fifth against Utah State (Feb. 19).
The win marked Tech's first this year when being out-hit by its opponent. The Red Raiders were previously 0-7 in such games.
The last time Tech won a game when being out-hit was March 19 last year when the Red Raiders took a 3-1 victory over Chattanooga. Tech was outhit 7-5 in that game.
Tech was previously 1-5 on the year when an opponent scored first. Red Raiders were also 2-4 heading into the game when an opponent scores in the first inning.
The come-from-behind victory was Tech's second of the year and first since the season opener Feb. 9 against San Diego State. Tech trailed 4-3 after three innings before picking up the 5-4 victory.
Tech's six walks drawn in the game were one shy of its season high of seven against UTEP on Feb. 25.
Cara Custer's save was the first for any Tech pitcher this season.
Kenney's fourth-inning grand slam was her team-leading eighth on the season and 27th for her career, tying her with Kim Martinez (1997, 1999) for first in the school record book.
Out of her 27 career home runs, Kenney had not previously connected on a grand slam.
The grand slam was the first for a Tech player since Sandy James hit on at Iowa State on April 11 last year in Ames.
Kenney has now connected on five home runs in Tech's last 10 games.
The home run also moved her into a tie for second in the Big 12 with Texas A&M's Mel Dumezich. Lauren Chamberlain of Oklahoma currently holds the conference lead with nine on the year.
Richardson did not officially register an at-bat in the game as she drew three walks while scoring a run as well.
The three walks match Sandy James for the team's individual season high as she also drew three free passes against North Texas on Feb. 24.
Richardson reached base in all seven plate appearances Monday as she finished a career-high 4-for-4 in the first game.