The Red Raiders close non-conference play this weekend with the Rebel Classic in Las Vegas, Nev.
March 21, 2013
Texas Tech Notes | Gameday Central | Tournament Central
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Texas Tech will make its second trip this season to Las Vegas this weekend as the Red Raiders close non-conference play with the Rebel Classic hosted by UNLV at Eller Media Stadium.
The Red Raiders (25-9) will face 18th-ranked Tulsa and the host Rebels on Friday before closing the tournament with a doubleheader against Boise State on Saturday. Texas Tech previously traveled to Las Vegas for the season-opening Sportco Kick-Off Classic where the Red Raiders went 3-2 with wins over Central Florida, Minnesota and UNLV. Tech fell to No. 18 Louisville, 10-6, and DePaul, 5-1, during the tournament.
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INSIDE THE TULSA SERIES
The Red Raiders will be looking for their first-ever win against Tulsa on Friday as Texas Tech is 0-6 all-time against the Hurricane. This is the first time that the two schools have met since 2004 when Tulsa swept a pair of games. Tech and Tulsa have met at a neutral site twice before with the Hurricane taking a 4-2 victory on Feb. 5, 2000, and then a 9-4 win on Feb. 6, 2004.
INSIDE THE UNLV SERIES
Texas Tech and UNLV will face each other Friday for the second time this season after the Red Raiders took a 10-6 victory on Feb. 9 in the season-opening Sportco Kick-Off Classic held in Las Vegas. The win improved Tech to 3-4 all-time against the Rebels, who were previously a perfect 3-0 against the Red Raiders at home.
INSIDE THE BOISE STATE SERIES
Texas Tech and Boise State will be meeting for the second time in school history after the Red Raiders swept a three-game set against the Broncos in 2010. Tech won all three games by a combined score of 24-7 at Rocky Johnson Field.
The Red Raiders open Big 12 Conference play next weekend with a three-game series April 28-30 (Thurs.-Sat.) at Oklahoma State in what is the latest start to league play in school history. Texas Tech will then open a six-game homestand by welcoming Kansas on April 5-7 and then No. 1 Oklahoma on April 12-14.
RED RAIDERS AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS
Texas Tech will face its second top-25 team of the season Friday when the Red Raiders take on 18th-ranked Tulsa. The Red Raiders previously fell to No. 18 Louisville, 10-6, in the second game of the year which also took place in Las Vegas. Tech is 54-208 all-time in the Big 12 era against ranked opponents and 12-24 under head coach Shanon Hays.
TEXAS TECH AMONG THE TOP OFFENSES IN THE COUNTRY ... AGAIN
One staple for Texas Tech under Shanon Hays has been boasting one of the top offenses in the nation the past two seasons. Even with a reworked lineup that normally consists of three or four freshmen, the Red Raiders enter this week ranked fifth nationally in scoring and among the top 10 for batting average (9th), doubles per game (10th) and slugging percentage (10th). Tech is also ranked 18th for home runs per game as well. The Red Raiders ranked among the national leaders in several offensive categories in 2012, a year after ranking fourth in both scoring and batting average.
RED RAIDERS JUST FOUR WINS SHY OF FOURTH-STRAIGHT WINNING SEASON
Texas Tech can guarantee its fourth-straight winning season this weekend with four wins. The Red Raiders, who are 25-9 entering this weekend, have won at least 30 games in each of Shanon Hays' three seasons, including 40 wins in both 2011 and 2012. Prior to Hays' arrival, Tech had not recorded a winning season since 2001 when the Red Raiders went 37-24 en route to advancing to the NCAA Tucson Regional. It was one of just four winning seasons for Tech until 2010 when Hays led the Red Raiders to a 38-18 record and a trip to the NCAA Stanford Regional.
WILLIAMS SOLIDIFIES MIDDLE OF TEXAS TECH LINEUP
Katelyn Williams' sophomore season has been nothing but success so far as she leads Texas tech with a .436 batting average to go along with seven home runs and 31 RBI. Williams, who totaled just one home run and 10 RBI during her freshman season, has recorded a team-high 14 multiple-hit games this year and seven multiple-RBI performances as well. She is currently among the big 12 leaders in batting average, hits, home runs, doubles, RBI, total bases and slugging percentage.
PEREZ RANKS AMONG TOP HOME RUN HITTERS IN THE COUNTRY
Even with no home runs in her last nine games, Adriana Perez ranks fourth nationally with 12 long balls this year, which is four off the Texas Tech single-season school record set by Sandy James in 2011. The Lancaster, Calif. native trails Oklahoma's Lauren Chamberlain as the sophomore has belted 16 home runs already this year. Perez enters this weekend hitting .346 on the year with a team-high 40 RBI that is tops among Big 12 players. The single-season mark for RBI belongs to Kim Martinez, who drove in 70 runners in 1997. Perez has 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 THE NO. 2 HOLE
Through 34 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 opened the year reaching base in the first 30 games, the longest streak to start a season since Emily Bledsoe reached in the first 34 games of the 2011 campaign. Johnson has reached in 33 of 34 games this year as she is second on the team with a .492 on-base percentage that only trails Mikey Kenney's .562 average. 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.