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Red Raiders Open San Diego State Classic Friday


Sydnie Tapia and the Red Raiders open the San Diego State Classic on Friday morning.

March 14, 2013

Texas Tech Notes  |  Tournament Notes  |  Gameday Central

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Texas Tech continues its stay in Southern California this weekend as the Red Raiders open the San Diego State Classic Friday morning with an 11 a.m. CT doubleheader against Fairfield and Seton Hall at the Santee Sports Complex.

The Red Raiders are already 2-0 this week in San Diego after 7-1 and 9-2 victories over Bryant and Fairfield Wednesday in non-tournament action. Tech will also face Buffalo and host San Diego State on Saturday evening and then Marist on Sunday morning to close the tournament.

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 FAIRFIELD SERIES
Texas Tech and Fairfield met for the first time in school history Wednesday with the Red Raiders taking a 7-1 victory behind seven strong innings from Brittany Talley. The Stags were the third first-time opponent for Tech this season, joining IPFW and Troy.

INSIDE THE SETON HALL SERIES
The Red Raiders will be facing Seton Hall for the second-straight year as Texas Tech traveled to Newark, N.J. last year over Spring break to take part in the Seton Hall Invitational. Tech run-ruled the Pirates twice in the tournament with 11-0 and 9-0 routs. Cara Custer tossed her first career no-hitter in the first game against Seton Hall while the Tech offense connected on four home runs as well. Adriana Perez also drove in a career-high seven RBI in the championship game while Custer frustrated Seton Hall again with a two-hit shutout.

INSIDE THE BUFFALO SERIES
Buffalo will be the fourth first-time opponent for Texas Tech this year, joining IPFW, Troy and Fairfield.

INSIDE THE SAN DIEGO STATE SERIES
Texas Tech and San Diego State have met 10 times previously with the Red Raiders controlling a 7-3 all-time advantage in the series. The two schools opened the 2012 season against each other with Tech rallying to Tech a 5-4 victory at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. The Red Raiders, who have won four of the last five meetings with the Aztecs, are 2-1 all-time against SDSU in San Diego. This is Tech's first time to face the Aztecs in San Diego since splitting a March 17, 2009, doubleheader.

INSIDE THE MARIST SERIES
The Red Raiders and Marist have met just one time previously with Texas Tech taking a 5-4 victory on March 16, 2004, in a neutral-site game held in El Paso, Texas.

ON DECK
The Red Raiders return to Las Vegas for the second time this season next weekend for the Rebel Classic hosted by UNLV. Texas Tech will face No. 20 Tulsa and the host Rebels on March 22 before battling Boise State in a doubleheader the following day.

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 in the 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 29 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 256-75 in six seasons as a collegiate coach and 142-59 while at Texas Tech.

PEREZ CONTINUES TEAR ON OPPOSING PITCHERS WITH 12 HOME RUNS
Through 29 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 already this season. Perez is also hitting .385 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 29 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 29 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 and then three more on Wednesday against Bryant and Fairfield, giving the Red Raiders 37 now through 29 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 29 home runs through the first 29 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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