The Red Raiders will open the Texas Shootout against host Texas State at 3:30 p.m. Friday afternoon.
Feb. 21, 2013
Texas Tech Notes | Gameday Central | Tournament Central
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech will make its final tournament road trip to start the season this weekend as the Red Raiders will take part in the second-annual Texas Shootout hosted by Texas State at Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos.
The Red Raiders will face the host Bobcats and North Texas on Friday afternoon before rounding out pool play against UT Arlington and Sam Houston State on Saturday. The six-team tournament will then be seeded on Sunday with the championship game scheduled for a 12:30 p.m. first pitch. Texas State won the inaugural Texas Shootout in 2012 as the Bobcats defeated Tech, 3-1, in Waco.
INSIDE THE TEXAS STATE SERIES
Texas Tech will open the Texas Shootout against the host Bobcats for the second-straight year as the Red Raiders won in pool play, 6-0, last season before falling in the championship game two days later, 3-1. The Red Raiders control a slight 13-12 all-time advantage against Texas State with wins in four of the last six meetings. This will be Tech's first trip to San Marcos since 2009 when the Red Raiders split a two-game series with the Bobcats.
INSIDE THE NORTH TEXAS SERIES
The Red Raiders will also face North Texas in the Texas Shootout for the second-straight season as Texas Tech took a a 10-0 eight-inning victory over the Mean Green a year ago. The victory evened the all-time series between the two schools at 3-3 and also snapped a three-game losing streak to North Texas. It was the first time the two teams had met at a neutral site.
INSIDE THE UT ARLINGTON SERIES
The Red Raiders and Mavericks will be meeting for the second-straight year after Texas Tech swept three games to take a 7-4 lead in the all-time series. Tech is 4-0 against UTA under Shanon Hays as the Red Raiders also took a 3-2 victory over the Mavs on Feb. 28, 2010. This will be the first time the two schools will meet at a neutral site since the 1997 UTSA Invitational held in San Antonio.
INSIDE THE SAM HOUSTON STATE SERIES
Texas Tech and Sam Houston State will be meeting for the first time since 1997 Saturday in what will be the fourth all-time meeting between the two schools. The Bearkats went 2-1 against the Red Raiders in 1997, sweeping Tech in a pair of games in Huntsville before falling 10-1 two weeks later in Lubbock. This will be the first neutral-site contest ever between the two schools.
TEXAS TECH, BAYLOR COULD MEET EARLIER THAN EXPECTED
The Red Raiders could face fellow Big 12 member Baylor this weekend if the two teams are paired against each other in the bracket portion of the tournament on Sunday. Texas Tech and Baylor came close to meeting at the tournament a year ago before Texas State edged the Bears to close pool play and advanced to the championship game against the Red Raiders. Tech won the three-game set against Baylor last year in Lubbock with a 3-1 victory in the opener and a come-from-behind 6-5 win in the finale to take the series.
PEREZ ON PACE FOR RECORD SEASON
Heading into her senior season, Adriana Perez consistently has said she wanted her final year in scarlet and black to be special. Through 10 games this season, Perez has lived up to that statement as she leads the Big 12 Conference with seven home runs and 19 RBI. She hit four home runs last Saturday alone in a doubleheader sweep of UMKC and Penn State en route to finishing with 14 total RBI over the five game weekend. With just a fifth of the season complete, Perez is currently on pace to shatter the Texas Tech single-season home run record of 16 set by Sandy James in 2011. The single-season mark for RBI belongs to Kim Martinez, who drove in 70 runners in 1997. Perez has now hit 22 home runs in just over a season at Tech, moving her into sole possession of fifth on the school's career chart.
TOP OF THE LINEUP LEADING THE WAY
Part of Texas Tech's success offensively early in the season has come as a result to its top of the lineup in leadoff hitter Mikey Kenney and two-hole Shelby Johnson. The pair has recorded two of Tech's top three averages so far with Kenney hitting at a .500 clip (15-for-30) while Johnson is a few hits back at .414 (12-for-29). Both players have reached base in all 10 games this season en route to posting an on-base percentage over .500 with Kenney leading the way with a team-high .615 average that ranks among the Big 12 leaders. Johnson, meanwhile, is among the conference leaders in stolen bases as the junior-college transfer is 7-for-7 this season.
RED RAIDERS TO SEE A FAMILIAR FACE SATURDAY
Most, if not all, of Texas Tech's roster will recognize a familiar face in the opposing dugout Saturday as UT Arlington head coach Kristie Fox spent the previous three seasons as an assistant coach with the Red Raiders before taking over the UTA program last summer. Fox helped lead the Red Raiders to three-straight NCAA Regional selections and numerous offensive and defensive school records as a member of Shanon Hays' charter staff while also assisting in the recruitment of most of Tech's current roster. UT Arlington will also travel to Lubbock later in the season to take part in the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic but will not face the Red Raiders in the four-day tournament.
JAMES BECOMES TEXAS TECH ALL-TIME RBI LEADER
Sandy James snapped the Texas Tech career RBI record at the Troy Cox Classic as the senior drove in nine runs on the weekend, giving her 121 now over two-plus seasons. The Kilgore, Texas native broke the record with a second-inning grand slam against UMKC on Friday that was part of a five-RBI performance. She also added a three-run double the following day against the Kangaroos. James passed the previous mark of 114 RBI set by both Paula Workman (1997-2000) and former teammate Emily Bledsoe (2009-12). She also holds a narrow lead on current teammate Mikey Kenney, who enters this weekend with 109 career RBI which ranks fifth all-time in school history.