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The Red Raiders head to No. 9 Missouri this weekend for a three-game series.

April 12, 2012

Tech Notes |  Missouri Notes |  Gameday Central

LUBBOCK, Texas - Fresh off its victory over No. 5 Texas Wednesday night, Texas Tech heads into another top-10 matchup this weekend as the Red Raiders travel to face No. 9 Missouri in a three game series that opens at 6 p.m. Friday from University Field.

TECH POSTS THIRD-STRAIGHT 30-WIN SEASON
With 15 regular season games remaining, Tech also has already reached the 30-win mark for the third-straight year, marking the first time since 1997-99 that the program has done so. The Red Raiders currently stand 32-9 overall and 5-4 in Big 12 play entering the Missouri series this weekend. After opening the year 1-4 at the Arizona State Kajikawa Classic, Tech has won 31 of 35 games since that point, with wins in four of eight contests against ranked opponents.

INSIDE THE MISSOURI SERIES
The Red Raiders will be looking to snap a six-game losing streak to the Tigers, who have also won 13 of the last 14 contests between the two schools. Missouri leads the overall series, 26-12, including an 8-6 mark when playing in Columbia. The Tigers held Tech to just one run in each of the two games last year in Lubbock, winning the opener 4-1 before closing the series with a 10-1 rout that ended in six innings. Tech's last win in the series came on May 10, 2008 as part of a 5-3 victory in the opening round of the Big 12 Tournament.

ON DECK
Tech returns to Rocky Johnson Field next week for six games in front of the home crowd, beginning with a three-game midweek series with No. 17 Texas A&M. The Red Raiders host the Aggies in a 5 p.m. doubleheader next Tuesday before closing the series with a 5 p.m. first pitch the following day. Tech closes the week with a three-game series with No. 23 Baylor that opens on April 20.

LOOKING BACK
The Red Raiders used a Raven Richardson three-run homer in the fourth inning to shock No. 5 Texas Wednesday night at Rocky Johnson Field. The win, Tech's 13th-straight at home, snapped a nine-game losing streak to the Longhorns. It also marked the second victory for Tech over a top-five team in the past week dating back to the Oklahoma series.

RED RAIDERS CONTINUE TOUGH STRETCH AT MISSOURI
Friday's series opener will mark the fifth-straight game for Tech against a top-10 opponent as the Red Raiders are currently 2-2 during that span. Tech opened the streak last weekend dropping two-of-three at then-No. 5 Oklahoma before coming back to top No. 5 Texas Wednesday night in Lubbock. Tech's schedule does not get much easier following this weekend, either, as the Red Raiders will face No. 17 Texas A&M in a three-game midweek series next Tuesday and Wednesday before battling No. 23 Baylor just two days later to start a three-game weekend series.

TECH, MISSOURI BOTH PROTECT THEIR HOUSE
Tech and Missouri both enter this weekend's series boasting two of the longest active home winning streaks in the country as the Tigers have won 22-straight at University Field. The streak is the third-longest nationally, trailing only Louisiana-Lafayette (36-straight) and Boise State (23). Missouri has not lost at home since dropping a 2-1 decision in 11 innings to DePaul during last year's NCAA Regional held in Columbia. Tech currently boasts a 13-game home winning streak at Rocky Johnson Field that is tied for fourth nationally with Western Michigan.

RED RAIDERS AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS THIS SEASON
The Red Raiders enter this weekend's series with a 4-6 record against the top 25 this year and a 2-5 mark against top-10 ranked teams. Tech is 4-2 in its last six games against ranked opponents after sweeping then-No. 23 New Mexico in a March 12 doubleheader and taking a game each from No. 5 Oklahoma and No. 5 Texas over the past week. The Red Raiders are also 7-6 on the year against teams currently ranked or receiving votes in either poll.

TECH OFF TO BEST START IN BIG 12 PLAY SINCE 2001
With its win Wednesday night over No. 5 Texas, the Red Raiders are now 5-4 in Big 12 play, the school's best start to league action since 2001 when Tech was also 5-4 through nine games. Tech started league play by splitting three-straight series in 2001 against Oklahoma State, No. 20 Texas A&M, and No. 17 Nebraska before returning home to sweep Kansas in a two-game set. The Red Raiders finished that year 37-24 overall and 10-8 in Big 12 play en route to advancing to their second NCAA Regional in school history. This is the first season in league history where all conference series are three games.

RED RAIDERS MOVE UP TO NO. 28 IN RPI RANKINGS
Texas Tech moved up to No. 28 this week in the RPI rankings (ratings percentage index) that are widely used to determine postseason selections and seeding. The Red Raiders had been slotted at No. 29 in each of the first two polls of the season. Tech ranks fifth in the new poll among Big 12 schools, trailing Texas (No. 4), Oklahoma (No. 8), Missouri (No. 14), and Texas A&M (No. 17). Tech wrapped the 2011 season ranked 30th in the poll, earning a NCAA Regional selection for the second-straight year in the process.

TECH APPROACHING HOME RUN RECORD FROM A YEAR AGO
With 15 games still remaining in the regular season, the Red Raiders have a chance to snap last year's single-season home run record after a successful March left Tech just six shy of its total from 2011. Tech, which hit 33 home runs during the month of March alone, has hit 53 now on the year, eight more than its total through 41 games a year ago. The 53 home runs already mark the second-most in program history as Tech had not hit more than 40 balls out of the park prior to the 2011 season. During Tech's 13-game winning streak that ended last weekend at Oklahoma, the Red Raiders totaled 27 home runs during a stretch that begun with the New Mexico doubleheader on March 12.

CUSTER RECORDS MOST WINS FOR A TECH PITCHER SINCE RENFRO
Despite being in only her first collegiate season, Cara Custer has already achieved as much success as any other Tech pitcher in the last decade. The freshman has 19 wins on the year, the most for a Tech pitcher since Amanda Renfro picked up 21 during her 1999 sophomore season. Custer, who is currently ranked second in the Big 12 for wins, is fourth on the school's single-season wins chart with the top-three spots all being held by Renfro. In the career record book, Custer passed teammate Ashley Brokeshoulder for eighth all-time following Wednesday night's win against Texas. Renfro is the only Tech player to have a number retired after she totaled 93 wins from 1998-2001, leading Tech to two postseason appearances during that span as well.


 

 

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