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Feb. 13, 2008
LUBBOCK, Texas -
The Schedule doesn't get any easier for Texas Tech softball (0-4) this weekend as the Red Raiders travel to the deserts of Tempe, Ariz. for the Kajikawa Tournament. Highlighting the three-day event will be a matchup with back-to-back national champion and No. 1 ranked Arizona Friday night at 8:30 p.m. CT. Tech will play its first game Friday afternoon against Memphis. Saturday's action will see the Red Raiders battle Utah at 6:15 and California at 8:30 p.m.. They will wrap up the tournament by taking on Western Kentucky Sunday morning.
Tempe, Ariz. has not been an especially gracious host to the Red Raiders in the past. Tech is 5-19 all time in the desert city. The Red Raiders won three of their five games there last season, however, with wins over Northwestern State, Ohio State and Nevada.
Tech vs. Memphis
Saturday's matchup will mark the first ever meeting with the Tigers.
Tech vs. Arizona
The Red Raiders will meet the national-power Wildcats for the 12th time Friday. Arizona leads the series 10-1, with Tech picking up its only win the first time the two squads met back in 1998.
Tech vs. Utah
Tech leads the all-time series 3-2, but the Utes have claimed the last two contests. The last time the two met was on 2/12/05.
Tech vs. California
The Golden Bears have each of the two games played in the series to this point. The two teams last met on 2/14/03.
Tech vs. Western Kentucky
The Red Raiders have faced the Hilltoppers just once to this point, picking up a 2-1 win back on 3/17/01.
The Tigers are 2-3 on the season right now and are hitting .181. Leigh Rowan leads the team with a .383 avg., two home runs and four RBI. Opponents are hitting .252 to this point.
The Wildcats are ranked No. 1 in the nation and will see their first action this season. They are led by catcher Callista Balko and All-American hurler Taryne Mowatt in the circle. Larry Ray will coach Arizona while regular coach Mike Candrea heads the U.S. National Team this year.
The Utes are already 5-0 coming into this weekend. Utah is hitting .341 as a team and are led by Kristie Keller and Kara Foster to this point. Amy Hogue is in her first season as the helm of the Utes.
California enters the weekend among those receiving votes in both national polls. The Golden Bears are coached by Diane Ninemire in her 21st season at the School.
Scouting Western Kentucky
The Hilltoppers will see their first action of the 2008 season this weekend. They return seven starters from last year's squad that compiled a 30-32 record and finished sixth in the Sunbelt Conference. They are led by junior Jennifer Kempf in the circle and are coached by Tyra Perry in her first year with the program.