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Red Raiders Begin San Diego Trip Against Bryant, Fairfield


The Red Raiders will face Bryant and Fairfield in a doubleheader Wednesday morning.

March 12, 2013

Texas Tech Notes  |  Gameday Central

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Texas Tech will begin its week-long stay in San Diego, Calif. Wednesday morning with a doubleheader against Bryant and Fairfield at the Santee Sports Complex.

The doubleheader is the first of seven games for the Red Raiders in Southern California as Tech opens the San Diego State Classic on Friday morning. The Red Raiders will face Fairfield once again Friday before taking on Seton Hall, Buffalo, Marist and host San Diego State in the three-day event.

This is Texas Tech's first trip to San Diego since 2009 when the Red Raiders finished 0-4 in the San Diego State Classic. Tech also played a pair of non-tournament games during that trip with a doubleheader sweep of South Dakota State.

INSIDE THE BRYANT SERIES
Texas Tech and Bryant will be meeting for the fourth time in school history as the Red Raiders swept a three-game set in 2011 at Rocky Johnson Field. Tech ended all three games via run-rule as the Red Raiders outscored the Bulldogs, 28-2, during the Texas Tech Invitational.

INSIDE THE FAIRFIELD SERIES
This is the first-ever meeting between Texas Tech and Fairfield. The Stags are the third first-time opponent for the Red Raiders this year, joining IPFW and Troy. Tech will also face one more first-time opponent this week on Saturday when the Red Raiders take on Buffalo.

ON DECK
The Red Raiders continue their week-long stay in Southern California this weekend as Texas Tech opens the San Diego State Classic on Friday morning with a doubleheader against Fairfield and Seton Hall. Tech will also face Buffalo, host San Diego State and Marist from there for a total of five games.

RED RAIDERS IN THE MIDST OF BUSIEST STRETCH OF THE SEASON
Texas Tech continues its busiest stretch of the season this week as the Red Raiders will play a total of seven games over five days in San Diego. The Red Raiders are coming off a seven-game weekend where Tech went 6-1 overall in the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic hosted at Rocky Johnson Field. In all, the Red Raiders are int he midst of a 14-game stretch that takes place in only 10 days.

CAMELLO, PEREZ RETURN TO FAMILIAR GROUNDS
Samantha Camello and Adriana Perez will be playing in their home state this week for the first time in a Red Raider uniform. Camello hails from Temecula, Calif., which is roughly an hour north of San Diego while Perez' hometown of Lancaster is just north of Los Angeles, a three-hour drive from San Diego. Both Southern California standouts have started in all 27 games this year for the Red Raiders.

HAYS PICKS UP CAREER WIN NO. 250 AGAINST IPFW
Texas Tech head coach Shanon Hays earned his 250th career victory as a collegiate softball coach last Saturday when the Red Raiders rolled past IPFW, 12-4, in six innings. Hays already became the winningest coach in Texas Tech history already this year with a season-opening win over Central Florida. The fourth-year skipper is now 254-75 in six seasons as a collegiate coach and 140-59 while at Texas Tech.

PEREZ CONTINUES TEAR ON OPPOSING PITCHERS WITH 12 HOME RUNS
Through 27 games this year, it is easy to say that Adriana Perez is likely bound for a record-breaking season as the senior is among the national leaders with 12 home runs already this year. Perez lifted home run No. 11 and 12 last weekend during the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic as she is now just four shy of Sandy James' single-season school record that was set in 2011. The Lancaster, Calif. native ranks second in the country entering this week in home runs as she only trails Oklahoma's Lauren Chamberlain, who has totaled 13 home runs already this season. Perez is also hitting .393 on the year with a team-high 40 RBI that ranks first currently in the Big 12 Conference. The single-season mark for RBI belongs to Kim Martinez, who drove in 70 runners in 1997. Perez has now hit 27 home runs in just over a season at Tech, moving her into a tie for third with Martinez on the school's career chart.

JOHNSON CONTINUES TO REACH BASE IN RECORD-SETTING WEEKEND
Through 27 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 27 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 coming off her best weekend yet in a Red Raider uniform as she hit .652 in the Jeannine McHaney Classic (15-for-22) with 10 runs scored, 10 RBI and five stolen bases. The junior matched the Texas Tech single-game record for hits with her 5-for-5 performance against IPFW on Saturday where she also drove in a season-high six RBI. Johnson matched the school record that was set by Stephanie Drewry on Feb. 27, 2009, against South Florida. She currently ranks among the Big 12 leaders in hits, runs scored, on-base percentage, walks, and stolen bases.

RED RAIDERS BEGIN TO FIND POWER TO CLOSE HOMESTAND
Texas Tech belted 12 home runs during the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic, giving the Red Raiders 34 now through 27 games this season. The Red Raiders are currently on pace to snap the school's single-season record set just a year ago when Tech totaled 66 home runs. The 2012 club only had 27 home runs through the first 27 games before eventually snapping the school record that was also broke in 2011 as well. Tech's 12 home runs last weekend marked its most in a tournament this season.


 

 

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