May 18, 2012
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THE MARYLAND SERIES
The game marked the third all-time between the two schools that had previously split the previous two meetings. Tech now controls a 2-1 advantage in the series.
Tech's six runs in the game were one more than its previous all-time total against the Terrapins. The Red Raiders had previously defeated Maryland, 3-0, on Feb. 22, 2006, and then fell, 3-2, on March 21, 2010. Both were neutral site contests.
Head coach Shanon Hays
improved to 1-1 all-time against Maryland with the win.
TEXAS TECH IN THE POSTSEASON
The Red Raiders improved to 10-8 all-time in the postseason and 5-4 under head coach Shanon Hays.
The win marked the first time Tech opened the postseason with a victory since its first-ever regional appearance in 1999 when the Red Raiders defeated South Carolina, 1-0.
Tech had previously opened the postseason with a 1-0 loss to Cal State Fullerton in 2001, a 5-4 decision at Stanford in 2010 and then a 9-0 defeat at the hands of New Mexico State a year ago.
TEXAS TECH TEAM NOTES
With the win, Tech improved to 15-5 in neutral site contests this year. Tech has won 14 of its last 15 neutral site contests as well.
The Red Raiders also improved to 23-2 when scoring six or more runs this season.
Despite scoring six runs in the game, Tech was unable to hit one out of the park. Tech was only 9-9 on the year when doing so entering the postseason.
Maryland outhit the Red Raiders, 6-4 in the game. Tech was only 6-15 when being outhit this year entering the postseason.
The Red Raiders were only 7-7 on the year entering the regional when their opponent scored in the opening inning. Tech was also just 9-11 when its opponent scores first period as well.
Tech improved to 73-2 under Shanon Hays when leading after six innings.
Despite hitting two batters, Tech's pitching duo of Cara Custer and Brittany Talley did not surrender a walk in the game. It marked the first time the Red Raiders had done so since opeing the Missouri series on April 13.
Gentsch went 2-for-3 at the plate for her fifth multiple-hit game of the season. She had an RBI single in the second and then drove a one-out single down the left-field line in the fourth to help Tech take the lead.
Gentsch's RBI was the 70th of her career, which currently ranks 12th in Tech history.
Talley picked up her first career victory in the postseason as the sophomore tossed six shutout innings of relief. Talley had previously picked up a pair of saves in last year's Tucson Regional.
Talley had never previously come on in relief to score a victory. Her previous 25 career wins had all come with her starting the game in the circle.
Bledsoe was plunked for a team-high 15th time this season in the sixth inning. She leads all Big 12 players in the category this season as well.
Bledsoe also connected on her fourth sacrifice fly of the season which is tied with Sandy James for the team high this year. The two players are one shy of tying Jennifer Corkin (2007) for fist in the Tech single-season record book.