April 14, 2012
THE MISSOURI SERIES
Despite Texas Tech taking the series, Missouri still maintains a 27-14 advantage as the Tigers head to the Southeastern Conference (SEC) next year.
The series marks the first time Tech has taken two games from the Tigers in Columbia since the Red Raiders won a pair of 1-0 decisions on April 21-22, 2001.
The Red Raiders are now 8-9 all-time when playing Missouri in Columbia. Before this weekend, Tech had not won against the Tigers on the road since taking a 1-0 victory on May 1, 2004.
Despite over 40 all-time games between the two schools, Tech and Missouri had never gone to extra innings prior to the series finale that Missouri took 4-1.
The doubleheader split moved Tech head coach Shanon Hays
to 2-5 all-time against Missouri.
TEXAS TECH TEAM NOTES
Texas Tech picked up its first series win over a top-10 opponent since topping No. 7 Oklahoma State in an April 22, 2010 doubleheader played in Lubbock.
Dating back to 2001, Tech had not gone on the road to take two games in a series from a ranked opponent prior to this weekend.
The Red Raiders are now 6-7 against the top-25 this season and 4-6 against top-10 teams.
Tech completed its seven-game stretch against three top-10 teams with a 4-3 record. Tech dropped the series last weekend at then-No. 5 Oklahoma before beating current No. 5 Texas Wednesday evening and then taking two-of-three from No. 9 Missouri this weekend.
The Red Raiders are now 7-5 in true road games this year and 3-5 during Big 12 play.
The extra -inning loss in the series finale was the first for Tech this year as the Red Raiders were previously 3-0 on the year. Tech's last extra-inning loss was on April 16 last year as Oklahoma State took a 2-1 victory in eight innings.
The loss in the series finale marked the first last at-bat loss for the Red Raiders this year.
Tech is now 29-1 when scoring at least three runs in a game but the Red Raiders are also 5-9 when scoring two or less runs as well.
Despite leading the Big 12 in fielding percentage, Tech has now committed at least one error in each of its last seven games.
Missouri's three errors in the second game mark the most for a Tech opponent in a loss this year. The Red Raiders were previously 16-0 on the year when their opponent committed two or more errors.
Tech's win in the first game improved the Red Raiders to 6-2 in one-run games this year.
With Cydney Allen's home run in the first game, Tech now has 54 on the year, four shy of last year's school record.
Custer became just the second player in school history to reach 20 wins in a season with her victory in the first game. She joins Amanda Renfro who picked up 20 or more wins three times during her career from 1998-2001.
She is now three wins shy of tying Renfro for the most wins by a Tech freshman in school history as Renfro collected 23 wins during the 1998 season.
Custer is one win shy of tying Renfro for the third-most in a single-season in school history.
Talley went 12.0-straight innings without giving up a run until Nicole Hudson's solo shot to begin the sixth inning of the second game.
Talley wrapped the series having given up only six hits over the 12.0 innings while striking out three and walking three. She had an 0.58 ERA during the series as well.
Bledsoe wrapped the series at Tech's top hitter at the plate as she went 4-for-11 (.368) at the plate with a run scored and a double in the second game.
Her leadoff double to start the second game's sixth inning was her eighth of the season. Already the school's all-time leader in the category, Bledsoe now needs just two more doubles to join the top-10 career leaders in Big 12 history.
Allen's third-inning home run during the first game marked her third of the season and the 16th of her career. It was her first homer since hitting a solo shot against Midwestern State on March 27.
Her 16 home runs put her now in sole possession of ninth in the school record book as she was previously tied with Kelly Rhyne (2003-05) coming into the series.
Her two RBI in the finale marked only her third multiple-RBI game of the year and the 20th one of her carer.
Cooper drove in her first career RBI with a double in the second inning of the first game. The hit was also her first for extra bases this year as well.
Cooper made her seventh-straight start in left field as Tech is 4-3 during that span.