Texas Tech Hosts Kansas to Open Big 12 Home Slate

April 4, 2013

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LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech opens a six-game homestand Friday with the start of a three-game series with Kansas at Rocky Johnson Field. The three-game set begins with a 7 p.m. first pitch Friday evening followed by 4 p.m. and 12 p.m. starts on Saturday and Sunday.

• The Red Raiders will look to defend Rocky Johnson Field once again this weekend as Texas Tech is 9-3 at home this season and 74-23 all-time under fourth-year head coach Shanon Hays. Tech enters the series riding a five-game winning streak at home.
• The series begins a six-game homestand for the Red Raiders, who spent the past three weekends on the road where Texas Tech went 8-6 during that stretch.
• The series is the first of three Big 12 home series for Texas Tech this season as the Red Raiders will also host No. 1 Oklahoma on April 12-14 and No. 8 Texas on April 26-28.
• Texas Tech is coming off a series loss at Oklahoma State last weekend where the Red Raiders run-ruled the Cowgirls, 10-0, in the opener before suffering 2-1 and 4-1 losses to close the weekend.
• Texas Tech's 10-inning loss to Oklahoma State in the second game of the series marked the most innings in a game during the Shanon Hays era and the most since the Red Raiders defeated Iowa State, 4-3, on April 27, 2008, in Lubbock.
• The series loss dropped Texas Tech eight spots to No. 56 in this week's ratings percentage index (RPI) poll that is released every Monday afternoon. The Red Raiders had previously debuted at No. 48 a week ago in the poll that is widely used to determine NCAA postseason selections.
• The Kansas series will be a battle of two of the top offenses in the country as the Jayhawks enter this weekend with the nation's top batting average with a .364 mark. Texas Tech is currently ranked 21st nationally with a .323 average.
• The Red Raiders are also among the top-20 teams nationally in both scoring and doubles per game as Texas Tech ranks 12th and 17th in the two categories. Tech is also 22nd in slugging percentage and 31st in home runs per game.
Mikey Kenney heads into the Kansas series having reached base in each of the last 27 games, the second-longest streak for a Red Raider this season after Shelby Johnson started off the year by reaching in the first 30 games. It matches the longest such streak in Kenney's career as she also reached in 27-straight games during her 2010 freshman season.
• Kenney enters the weekend needing just three more walks to match the Texas Tech single-season record of 40 that was set in 2004 by Erica Sigala. Kenney, who ranks 13th nationally in the category, is already the all-time career leader with 106 walks.
• Kenney leads the Red Raiders with a .553 on-base percentage that is currently on pace to be the highest in school history. Only Kim Martinez has recorded an on-base percentage over .500 in school history as she recorded a .527 clip in 1997 (includes only players with 75 or more at-bats). Kenney currently ranks 16th nationally in on-base percentage and then 31st in home runs with 11 on the year.
• With her home run in the series opener at Oklahoma State last weekend, Adriana Perez now has 13 long balls this season which ranks seventh nationally. Perez is just three home runs shy of matching the Texas Tech single-season record of 16 that was set by Sandy James in 2011.
Sandy James remains the Big 12 Conference leader in doubles this week as the senior has totaled 14 already this year, three more than Tiffany Mikkelson of Oklahoma State and Maggie Hull of Kansas. James had recorded nine doubles in both of her first two seasons in a Tech uniform, giving her 32 now for her career which ranks sixth in school history.
Cara Custer has the second-lowest ERA in conference games entering this weekend as she surrendered just two earned runs over 14.2 innings at Oklahoma State for a 0.95 ERA. Texas' Blaire Luna leads the league with a 0.48 ERA that includes just two earned runs over 29.0 innings.
Katelyn Williams is among the top 10 hitters in the Big 12 currently as she has a team-high .387 batting average entering this weekend. Williams has also added career highs with seven home runs and 32 RBI so far this season as well.

The Red Raiders opened their home Big 12 schedule with a three-game sweep of Iowa State a year ago to improve to 12-24 all-time since joining the conference in 1996. It was only the second time in school history where Texas Tech had swept an opponent during a Big 12 home opener as the Red Raiders also did so against Missouri in an April 10, 1999 doubleheader.

Texas Tech will look to continue its recent success over Kansas this weekend as the Red Raiders are 5-2 against the Jayhawks under head coach Shanon Hays. Despite wins in six of the past eight games, Kansas still leads the all-time series between the two schools with a 26-15 advantage that includes a 12-7 record when playing in Lubbock. The two teams have split their last two series at Rocky Johnson Field in 2009 and 2011 as the Red Raiders have not won a series against the Jayhawks at home since 2001. Prior to the 2012 season, all conference series were just two games.

The Red Raiders will remain at Rocky Johnson Field next weekend as No. 1 Oklahoma will make the trip to Lubbock for a three-game series on April 12-14. Should the Sooners remain the top-ranked team in next week's top-25 poll, it will mark the first time Texas Tech has ever hosted the No. 1 team in the country at home.




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