March 27, 2013
Texas Tech Notes | Gameday Central
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech opens Big 12 play on the road for the first time since 2006 this week as the Red Raiders travel to Stillwater, Okla. for a three-game series with the Oklahoma State Cowgirls. The series begins with a 5:30 p.m. first pitch Thursday evening at Cowgirl Stadium.
TEXAS TECH IN BIG 12 OPENERS
The Red Raiders will be opening Big 12 play on the road this weekend for the first time since 2006 when Texas Tech traveled to No. 19 Baylor for a two-game series. Tech opened league play a year ago with a three-game sweep of Iowa State at Rocky Johnson Field that improved the Red Raiders to 9-24 all-time in Big 12 opening series. This is just the fifth time where Tech has opened conference action on the road as the Red Raiders are 1-7 in those series. Tech also opened league play in Stillwater in 2001 where the two teams split a two-game series.
INSIDE THE OKLAHOMA STATE SERIES
After closing the 2012 regular season against Oklahoma State, Texas Tech will open Big 12 play against the Cowgirls for the first time since 2001 when the two schools split a two-game series in Stillwater. The Red Raiders recovered from a 5-0 loss in the series opener last year against OSU to pull off 8-4 and 2-1 victories to take the series. Despite a 4-3 record against OSU under Shanon Hays, the Cowgirls lead the all-time series against Tech with a 27-14 advantage, including an 11-3 record when playing in Stillwater. This marks the first time the two schools have met when both are not ranked in either top-25 poll since 2009 when OSU swept the regular season series and then bounced Tech from the Big 12 Tournament a few days later.
Texas Tech head coach Shanon Hays will be facing a longtime friend in OSU skipper Rich Wieligman once again this weekend as both are graduates of Lubbock Christian University. Wieligman, like Hays, played baseball for the Chaps and was a member of the 1983 NAIA National Championship club that was coached by longtime LCU and Texas Tech head coach Larry Hays. Wieligman was an assistant softball coach at Texas Tech from 2001-02, around the same time that Shanon Hays was an assistant men's basketball coach with the Red Raiders. Hays is 4-3 against Oklahoma State since taking the reigns of the Tech program in 2010.
RED RAIDERS LOOK TO REPEAT STRONG PERFORMANCE IN BIG 12 PLAY FROM A YEAR AGO
Texas Tech will be looking to repeat its strong performance from last year in Big 12 play as the Red Raiders finished fifth in the conference standings with a 13-10 record. It was Tech's first winning conference record since 2001 when the Red Raiders finished 10-8 and advanced to the second NCAA Regional in school history. Texas Tech has never recorded a winning Big 12 record in back-to-back seasons since softball returned as an NCAA sport in 1996.
KENNEY NOTCHES 200TH CAREER HIT
Mikey Kenney recorded yet another career milestone last weekend at the Rebel Classic as the senior notched her 200th career hit against Boise State. She is one of just three players in school history to reach 200 hits for a career, joining Sandy Butler and Ashley Parker. Butler connected on a school-record 256 career hits from 1998-2001 while Parker finished right at 200 hits during her four seasons from 2004-07. Kenney has 42 hits already this year as she is second on the club with a .396 batting average. The Arvada, Colo. native is already the Texas Tech all-time leader in runs scored, home runs and walks and ranks among the top 10 in every career offensive category.