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Texas Tech Heads West for Troy Cox Classic
 


Feb. 14, 2013

Texas Tech Notes  |  Gameday Central

LUBBOCK, Texas - After a 3-2 start to its season last weekend in Las Vegas, Texas Tech returns to the road Friday when the Red Raiders open the Troy Cox Classic hosted by New Mexico State in Las Cruces, N.M.

Texas Tech will face Colorado State, UMKC, Penn State and the host Aggies in the three-day event that will be played at the NMSU Softball Complex. This is the Red Raiders' first trip to Las Cruces since the 2002 season when Tech went 4-2 on the weekend with a pair of victories over No. 17 Florida State. Tech also made trips to New Mexico State for tournaments in 1996, 1997, 1999 and 2000 as well. The Red Raiders are 16-15 all-time when traveling to Las Cruces for tournament action.

INSIDE THE COLORADO STATE SERIES
Texas Tech and Colorado State will be meeting for the fifth time in history as the two teams have split the four previous meetings. The Red Raiders took a 17-5 five-inning victory over the Rams in their last meeting on March 17, 2001, where Tech drew a school record 18 walks in the rout. This is the second time Tech and Colorado State have met at the Troy Cox Classic as the Red Raiders took a 7-5 victory on March 2, 1996, in the tournament finale.

INSIDE THE UMKC SERIES
The Red Raiders will face UMKC for the first time since 2010 and the sixth time in history Saturday as Tech is 4-1 all-time against the Kangaroos. Tech swept UMKC over three games in 2010 and then also took an 11-2 victory on March 11, 2005. The Kangaroos' only win in the series came on March 4, 2000, when UMKC edged Tech, 3-2, at the Bash at the Bay tournament held in Corpus Christi, Texas.

INSIDE THE PENN STATE SERIES
Texas Tech is 1-2 all-time against Penn State as the two teams have not met since the 2001 season. The Red Raiders downed the Nittany Lions, 2-0, on March 10, 2001, for their only win in the series. Penn State took 2-1 and 5-2 victories during the 1999 and 2000 series. All three meetings between the two schools have been played at a neutral site.

INSIDE THE NEW MEXICO STATE SERIES
Texas Tech will be renewing one of its longest series against a non-conference opponent Sunday when New Mexico State hosts the Red Raiders. The two schools have met 30 times since 1996 with the Red Raiders controlling a 20-10 all-time advantage. This will be the first time the two schools have met since the 2011 NCAA Tucson Regional where Tech overcame a first-game loss to defeat the Aggies in an elimination. The Red Raiders are 7-5 against the Aggies when playing in Las Cruces where the two teams have not met since the 2004 season.

HAYS BECOMES ALL-TIME WINNINGEST COACH ON OPENING WEEKEND
Shanon Hays became the winningest coach in Texas Tech history on opening weekend when the Red Raiders topped Central Florida, 12-4, for Hays' 122nd victory. The win helped Hays pass Renee Luers-Gillespie, UCF's current head coach who also led Tech to a 121-133-1 record in just over four seasons from 1996 to several weeks into the 2000 season. Hays is now 124-53 during his three-plus seasons in the Tech dugout.

JAMES, KENNEY NEARING CAREER RBI RECORD
Sandy James and Mikey Kenney have a chance to break the Texas Tech career RBI record this weekend as the two seniors are within 10 RBI of Paula Workman (1997-2000) and Emily Bledsoe's (2009-12) mark of 114. James enters this weekend two off the record with 112 RBI that is tied for third all-time with Logan Hall. Kenney, meanwhile, has 106 career RBI which is good for seventh all-time in school history. James and Kenney both opened with four RBI each last weekend with Kenney connecting on a pair of home runs, giving her a school-record 34 for her career.

ELKINS HAS SUCCESSFUL START TO COLLEGIATE CAREER
As a collegiate athlete for just over a month, Lexie Elkins probably couldn't imagine such a successful opening weekend. The 17-year-old freshman went 4-for-8 at the plate with a pair of doubles and two RBI while making three starts behind the plate. She became the first freshman to earn the opening-day start at catcher since Holley Gentsch in 2009. Gentsch went on to Tech's primary catcher behind the plate during her four-year career before becoming Tech's graduate student manager this season.

RED RAIDERS FIND SUCCESS IN THE OPENING INNING
If one thing was evident at the Sportco Kick-Off Classic last weekend in Las Vegas, the Red Raiders were ready from the beginning as Texas Tech plated at least one run in the opening inning four times in five games. In three of those games, the Red Raiders opened with significant leads thanks to four first-inning runs. Tech scored in the first inning 24 times a year ago and was 20-4 in those games. The Red Raiders finished 2-2 last weekend when scoring in the opening frame.


 

 

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