March 7, 2013
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LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech wraps its 12-game homestand this weekend with the third-annual Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic that begins Friday afternoon at Rocky Johnson Field. The Red Raiders (13-7) will face UMKC, IPFW and Troy over the four-day tournament while UT Arlington will also make the trip to Lubbock for several neutral-site contests.
This weekend will be Tech's final homestand prior to opening Big 12 as the Red Raiders do not return to Rocky Johnson Field until April 5-7 against Kansas.
INSIDE THE UMKC SERIES
The Red Raiders and UMKC (University of Missouri-Kansas City) have faced each other six times previously in school history, including twice earlier this year at the Troy Cox Classic in Las Cruces, N.M. Texas Tech is 6-1 all-time against the Kangaroos with wins in each of the last six meetings. The Red Raiders run-ruled UMKC in both meetings this year with 14-2 and 11-3 victories that both ended after five innings. This is UMKC's second-ever visit to Lubbock after Texas Tech swept a three-game set in 2010 at Rocky Johnson Field.
INSIDE THE IPFW AND TROY SERIES
Texas Tech will be facing IPFW (Indiana Purdue-Fort Wayne) and Troy for the first time in school history this weekend. This marks the first time the Red Raiders have faced a first-time opponent this season. Tech will face a total of four first-time opponents throughout the 2013 season as IPFW and Troy join Fairfield and Buffalo, which the Red Raiders will face next week in San Diego, Calif.
The Red Raiders return to the road immediately following the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic as Texas Tech will travel to San Diego, Calif. for next weekend's San Diego State Classic. From there, Tech will return to Las Vegas for the Rebel Classic hosted by UNLV on March 22-23 before opening Big 12 play the next weekend at Oklahoma State.
RED RAIDERS SET FOR 14 GAMES OVER 10 DAYS
The Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic starts a busy week-and-a-half for the Red Raiders, who will depart Lubbock next Tuesday to spend the next six days in San Diego, Calif. Beginning Friday, Texas Tech is set for 14 games over a 10-game stretch, the program's busiest stretch this season. The Red Raiders will open their week-long stay in San Diego with a pair of non-tournament games against Bryant and Fairfield Wednesday in what is the only midweek contests for Tech this season.
TEXAS TECH SET TO HONOR JEANNINE MCHANEY
This weekend's round-robin tournament is named after Jeannine McHaney, who is widely-considered the founder of women's athletics at Texas Tech. A pioneer of the 1970s and 80s, McHaney spent nearly a decade as the women's athletics director before the two departments combined in 1986. From there, she continued to be a top administrator in the athletics department before losing a year-long battle with cancer in 1994, a year after the Lady Raider basketball team won the 1993 NCAA National Championship. This marks the third-annual Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic which will continue to be an annual event at Rocky Johnson Field.
RED RAIDERS ENTER WEEKEND AFTER WALK-OFF WIN AGAINST NORTHERN COLORADO
The Red Raiders will hopefully enter this weekend with some momentum after closing the Texas Tech Invitational with a walk-off win over Northern Colorado. Lexie Elkins drove a one-out double that landed just inside the left field line to score two as the Red Raiders had to rally from a run down in the seventh after leading the majority of the game. It was the first walk-off win for the Red Raiders since Mikey Kenney scored Logan Hall on a game-winning RBI single to top No. 25 Baylor on April 22 last year in Lubbock. The Red Raiders were coming off back-to-back losses the day before against Jackson State and McNeese State.
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 20 games this season, Perez has lived up to that statement as she leads the Big 12 Conference with 10 home runs and is tied for the lead with 21 RBI. Perez connected on a pair of home runs, including a grand slam, in Texas Tech's 18-0 rout of Jackson State last Friday. It was the third multiple home run game for Perez already this year as she hit four home runs alone in a doubleheader sweep of UMKC and Penn State on Feb. 16 at the Troy Cox Classic. 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 25 home runs in just over a season at Tech, moving her into sole possession of fourth all-time on the school's career chart.
JOHNSON CONTINUES TO REACH BASE
Through 20 games this season, Shelby Johnson has done exactly what Shanon Hays envisioned when he recruited the junior college transfer - reach base. The Jefferson, Ga. native is the only Red Raider to reach base in all 20 games, marking the longest streak for a Red Raider to start a season since Emily Bledsoe reached in the first 34 games of the 2011 campaign. Johnson is currently fourth on the team with a .444 on-base percentage as she is also hitting .350 on the year with four doubles and 18 runs scored to go along with 10 walks. A year after finishing second nationally at the NJCAA level, Johnson has also given Texas Tech a threat on the bases as she is a perfect 9-for-9 on steal attempts this year.
CUSTER BEGINS TO FIND FORM FROM 2012
After a rough start to the season at the Sportco Kick-Off Classic, Cara Custer has found her groove over the last three weekends as she has tossed three complete games and allowed just seven earned runs during that span. The sophomore has recorded a 1.01 earned-run average over the last three weeks, lowering her season average to 2.30 entering this weekend. The only earned runs she has allowed the past three weeks all came last Sunday afternoon as Northern Colorado plated seven runners in Texas Tech's 8-7 victory. Custer had previously not allowed a single earned run in her last 42 innings coming into the game. She enters this weekend among the Big 12 Conference leaders in wins (6), innings pitched (61.0), strikeouts (43), appearances (13), games started (9), complete games (4) and opponent batting average (.222).