April 7, 2012
THE OKLAHOMA SERIES
The win snapped a two-game losing streak to Oklahoma and made the all-time series 37-7 in favor of the Sooners.
The win marked the third-straight year where Texas Tech has won at least one game against Oklahoma.
Texas Tech scored at least five runs for the fifth time in the last seven meetings with the Sooners.
In over 40 games between the two schools, Tech had only defeated a top-10 Oklahoma team once before which came in two victory over the then-9th ranked Sooners in 1999. Tech took a 2-1 victory on May 14 during the Big 12 Tournament after winning a 4-1 game April 26 earlier in the year in Norman.
Red Raiders are now 3-4 all-time against the Sooners under head coach Shanon Hays
TEXAS TECH TEAM NOTES
The victory was Texas Tech's first over a top-five team since defeating No. 5 Texas A&M, 6-2, on April 29, 2007 in a game played in College Station.
The win improved Tech to 3-5 against ranked opponents this year and 1-4 against those ranked in the top 10 overall.
The win also improved Tech to 5-2 on the year in one-run games and 10-2 when playing on a Friday.
The Red Raiders scored in the first inning for the second-straight game. Tech is now 17-3 on the year when doing so. Three of Tech's six runs so far in the series have come in the first inning.
The Red Raiders are now 22-0 on the year when leading after five innings. Tech's three-run lead was the biggest deficit an opponent has overcome to at least tie the game all year.
Despite being the top two home runs teams in the Big 12, the two teams have combined to hit only two so far in the series. Javen Henson hit a solo shot for OU in the third for the only dinger in the game. Tech is now 7-5 on the year when not hitting a home run and 20-4 when an opponent hits just one home run.
Texas Techs' five runs in the game matched the Oklahoma season high for runs scored by an opponent this year. Stanford previously beat the Sooners, 5-0, on Feb. 24 this year during the Cathedral City Classic.
Despite going 0-for-3 at the plate, Perez still managed to drive in a pair of runs for her team-leading 12th multiple-RBI game of the year.
Perez is hitless in the series as she has combined to go 0-for-6 so far.
James had a solid day at the plate with a 3-for-4 performance that included two infield singles and then a seventh-inning double. It marked her ninth multiple-hit game of the year.
Hamada stole a career-high two bases in the game as she swiped second in the fifth before taking third in the seventh en route to eventually scoring on an errant throw.
Bledsoe's first-inning triple was her second of the season and seventh for her career, moving her one shy of the Tech career record held by Denise Jackson (1997-98) and Paula Workman (1997-2000).
The triple was also her 185th hit in her career, moving her past current volunteer assistant coach Leah Legler (2007-10) for third all-time in the Tech record book.