March 16, 2012
THE SETON HALL SERIES
This was the first all-time meeting between Texas Tech and Seton Hall.
Seton Hall became the fifth first-time opponent for Tech this season, joining Idaho State, Binghamton, Stony Brook, and Monmouth.
The win improved Tech to 2-0 this year against Big East Conference members. Tech also defeated DePaul, 2-1, Feb. 19 during the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic in Las Vegas.
TEXAS TECH TEAM NOTES
Texas Tech won its third game this year via run-rule. The Red Raiders also run-ruled Utah State, 11-2, on Feb. 19 and then UT-Arlington, 9-1, on March 3.
Tech's 11 runs in the game matched its season set against Utah State on Feb. 18. Tech also ended that game via run rule.
Tech's 13 hits in the game were two shy of its season high set earlier this week in the first game against No. 23 New Mexico.
The Red Raiders did not commit an error for the fourth time in the last five games.
Tech head coach Shanon Hays cleared his bench late in the game as all 17 traveling position players saw action.
Meredith Heath and Chandler Moore both earned their first plate appearances of the year with Heath drawing a walk and Moore striking out.
Regular pitcher Kelsey Dennis also found her way to the plate, pinch hitting for Mikey Kenney in the third. Dennis, who hit regularly while at Wallace State Community College, struck out in her first plate appearance as a Red Raider.
Custer tossed the eighth no-hitter in school history (including perfect games) and the first for a Tech pitcher this season.
Her no-hitter was the first for a Tech pitcher since Kermitria Ward held Alcorn State hitless March 13 last year in Lubbock.
Custer becomes the third Tech freshman to record a no-hitter, joining Ward and teammate Brittany Talley, who no-hit Dayton on March 4 last year.
Each of Tech's last three no-hitters have come in games ended via run-rule.
The freshman was one pitch from a perfect game as she walked Cashell Gaffey to lead off the third inning.
Nine of Custer's 15 outs recorded in the game came via a strikeout, marking a new career high.
The shutout was Custer's fourth of the season and 10th complete game this year.
James recorded two home runs in a game for the third time in her career and the second time this season.
The junior also had two home runs in the season opener against San Diego State and against Dayton on March 5 last year.
James now has seven home runs on the season and 23 over her two-year career, moving her into a tie with Paul Workman (1997-2000) for third all-time in the school record book.
James wrapped the game 3-for-3 with four RBI, matching her season high set against Utah State on Feb. 19.
It marked James' seventh multiple-hit game and team-leading sixth multiple RBI game this year.
Kenney connected on her team-leading 10th home run of the season en route to a 2-for-3 day at the plate.
The home run was the 29th of Kenney's career as she is the school's all-time leader in the category.
It marks her fourth home run in Tech's last seven games.
Kenney recorded her sixth multiple-hit game and fourth multiple-RBI game of the year.
Perez had Tech's final home run of the game as she hit a solo shot in the third inning.
She followed a Sandy James two-run homer, marking the second time Tech has hit back-to-back home runs this year. The other came with James and Perez again during the first inning of Tech's win against Portland State Feb. 18.
The dinger was Perez' sixth on the year and first since hitting a solo shot against UT-Arlington on March 3.
Perez wrapped the game 2-for-3 at the plate for her team-leading 10th multiple-hit game of the year.
She also extended her hitting streak to seven games, the highest for any Tech player this season.