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Red Raiders Face Familiar Foes to Close Homestand

March 5, 2014

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LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech closes its nine-game homestand, its longest of the season, this weekend with the fourth-annual Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic. The Red Raiders, riding a three-game winning streak, will open the four-day tournament against UT Arlington and Northern Colorado on Thursday evening before facing New Mexico State Friday evening. Tech closes the weekend with a Sunday doubleheader against Northern Colorado and Abilene Christian. The tournament will feature 11 games altogether at Rocky Johnson Field, beginning with Thursday night's doubleheader which begins with a 5:30 p.m. first pitch against UT Arlington.

TEXAS TECH SET TO FACE UTA, NORTHERN COLORADO AND NEW MEXICO STATE ONCE AGAIN
This weekend's tournament will pit the Red Raiders against UT Arlington, Northern Colorado and New Mexico State for the second time already this season as Texas Tech is 2-1 against the field this season. The Red Raiders run-ruled Northern Colorado, 12-4, on Feb. 14 at the Troy Cox Classic before falling 8-6 in a come-from-behind victory for host New Mexico State just two days later. Tech rebounded the following weekend by opening the UTA Hilton Invitational with a 4-1 victory over the host Mavericks. The Red Raiders were scheduled to face their other opponent this weekend, Abilene Christian, last weekend during the Texas Tech Invitational but cold and icy conditions caused the game to be cancelled.

ON THE HORIZON
Texas Tech returns to the road next weekend, taking part in tournaments at Cal State Fullerton and San Diego State where the Red Raiders will play a total of seven games over a four-day stretch. Tech returns to Rocky Johnson Field on March 19 to start an eight-game homestand with a doubleheader against North Texas.

ABOUT JEANNINE MCHANEY - THE ARCHITECT OF WOMEN'S ATHLETICS AT TEXAS TECH
Jeannine McHaney, long considered the driving force behind women's athletics at Texas Tech, is the namesake of this weekend's tournament which, in its fourth year, has become an annual tradition at Rocky Johnson Field. McHaney joined the Texas Tech faculty in 1966 in a number of roles as she was a professor in the physical education department in addition to serving as the university's director of women's intramural sports and the school's first volleyball coach, a position she held for nine seasons. Following the establishment of the Women's Athletic Department in 1975, McHaney was selected as the program's first athletics director until the men's and women's departments eventually combined. She remained a top athletics administrator throughout the next two decades until her passing in 1994. Each year, a student-athlete from each women's program is selected as a Jeannine McHaney Scholar with one of those eventually being crowned the McHaney Scholar Student-Athlete of the Year. The award winner exemplifies the standards established by McHaney in the areas of academic achievement and athletic excellence as well as service to the community and the university.

INSIDE THE SERIES
• Texas Tech and UT Arlington will be facing each other exactly two weeks after their first meeting this season where the Red Raiders took a 4-1 victory to open the UTA Hilton Invitational. The victory improved Tech to 9-4 all-time against the Mavericks, who will be traveling to Lubbock for tournament action for the third-straight season. Tech is 4-1 against the Mavericks at Rocky Johnson Field as the Red Raiders split a two-game set in 2008 before sweeping a three-game series in 2012.
• Northern Colorado will be traveling to Lubbock for the second-straight season this weekend as the Bears took part in 2013 version of the Texas Tech Invitational. It was Northern Colorado's first ever trip to the South Plains at the time. Tech, backed by a late rally in the bottom of the seventh, topped the Bears, 8-7, last year in Lubbock before run-ruling Northern Colorado earlier this season during the Troy Cox Classic hosted by New Mexico State. The Red Raiders are 4-1 all-time against Northern Colorado with wins in 2005-06 with the lone loss coming in on March 15, 2009.
• Despite allowing a late-inning comeback earlier this season against New Mexico State, Texas Tech has traditionally controlled the series with the Aggies as the Red Raiders lead 21-11 all-time with a 10-2 advantage in games played in Lubbock. Tech has won eight of the last 11 meetings between the two schools who previously met Feb. 16 this year in Las Cruces to wrap the Troy Cox Classic. The Aggies, behind a six-run fifth inning, rallied to take an 8-6 victory over the Red Raiders.
• Abilene Christian and Texas Tech will renew their series against each other this weekend for the first time since 1998 as ACU is currently in its first season as a Division-I opponent as part of the Southland Conference. The Red Raiders are 8-0 all-time against the Wildcats, including a 4-0 record in games played in Lubbock. The two teams were originally scheduled to face each this past Sunday to conclude the Texas Tech Invitational but cold and icy conditions forced the game to be cancelled.

HAYS SET TO FACE FORMER ASSISTANT FOR SECOND TIME THIS SEASON
For the second time already this season, Texas Tech head coach Shanon Hays will look across to the opposite dugout and see his former assistant Kristie Fox sitting there. Fox, who was an assistant coach with the Red Raiders from 2010-12, is in her second season as the head coach at UT Arlington. Tech and UTA opened the UTA Hilton Invitational against each other on Feb. 20 with the Red Raiders taking a 4-1 victory that improved Hays to 2-0 all-time against his former assistant. Fox is assisted by another familiar face in Andy Jarvis, who was the volunteer assistant baseball coach at Tech from 2008-12.


 

 

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