April 28, 2012
THE KANSAS SERIES
By splitting the series so far, Kansas improved to 26-15 all-time against Texas Tech, including 10-6 when playing in Lawrence.
Despite losing the second game, Tech has still won six of the last eight meetings against the Jayhawks.
Head coach Shanon Hays
improved to 5-2 against Kansas in his three seasons.
TEXAS TECH TEAM NOTES
Texas Tech is now 7-6 in true road contests this year and 4-6 during Big 12 play.
The Red Raiders are also 8-7 now during the month of April and 12-5 in games played on Saturday.
Tech improved to 6-3 on the year in series openers and 4-3 during Big 12 play. The Red Raiders fell to 3-4 in series middle games as well.
Prior to the second game, Tech had lost only three times this year when scoring three or more runs. Two of those games were during Big 12 play as well.
The Red Raiders came into the second game 70-1 under head coach Shanon Hays when leading after six innings. The only other time Tech has lost when taking a lead to the final frame in Hays' three seasons was on April 15, 2010 when Oklahoma scored four in the bottom of the seventh to take a 9-7 victory in the first game of a doubleheader.
Tech was also previously 28-0 on the year when taking a lead into the seventh inning.
A win in Sunday's rubber match would guarantee Tech at least a .500 conference record for the first time since 2001 when the Red Raiders finished 10-8 and advanced to the NCAA Tucson Regional.
Tech's win in the series opener marked its 11th in Big 12 play as well, the most for a single season in school history.
Hall drove her Big 12-leading 16th double to the gap in left center as part of a three-run third inning for Tech in the second game. She now has four doubles in the last five games.
She finished 2-for-3 in the second game for her 12th multiple-hit game of the year, which is second on the team behind Adriana Perez.
Hall was also 1-for-4 in the first game as she enters the rubber match having hit safely in a season-high eight straight games, three shy of her career high.
Bledsoe connected on her ninth double of the year and the 47th of her career with a two-out shot to start the three-run third inning in the second game.
Bledsoe's 47 career doubles is already the most in Tech history but it is just one shy of entering the top 10 in Big 12 history as well.
Her 2-for-4 performance in the second game marked her eighth multiple-hit game of the year.
Gentsch connected on her third home run of the season with a solo shot in the series opener Friday evening. The senior was also hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, marking her fifth multiple-RBI game of the year.
Gentsch also moved into a tie for 12th with Leah Legler (2007-10) for most career games played as she has been in 196 over her four-year career.
Hamada went 2-for-3 in the series opener, marking just her second multiple-hit game of the year and first since going 2-for-3 against Iowa State on March 31 in Lubbock.
The senior also moved up the career games played chart as well as she has now appeared in 2010 over her four seasons, moiving her into a tie with Jennifer Corkin (2005-08) and Adrea Joachims (2000-04) for sixth all-time.
Custer picked up her team-leading 24th win of the season, moving her past Amanda Renfro for the most by a Tech freshman in school history.
The win also moved Custer past Renfro for sole possession of second in the Tech single-season record book as well. Custer picked up 23 wins during her 1998 freshman season.
Custer has 11 strikeouts through the first two games, giving her 144 on the season, which already ranks sixth in Tech single-season history. She trails Ashly Jacobs' total from 2007 by just eight for fifth all-time.
Talley picked up her fourth career save in the series opener, moving her into sole possession of fourth all-time in school history.
Mariah Montgomery's solo home run in the second game marked the only run by Kansas against the left-hander in her 10.2 career innings against the Jayhawks.