Red Raiders Enter Top 25 Rankings for First Time This Season
Shanon Hays has Tech back in the top 25 for the first time this season.
April 17, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech entered the top 25 of both major softball polls Tuesday as the Red Raiders were No. 24 in the NFCA/USA Today rankings and No. 25 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll.
The selection marks Tech's first in either poll since towards the end of the 2011 campaign as the Red Raiders (34-10; 7-5) were in the top 25 for eight-straight weeks before bowing out in the April 19 rankings. Tech also ended the year receiving votes in both polls after advancing to the championship game of the NCAA Tucson Regional.
The program's success the past two years led Tech to receiving votes at the start of this season, but the Red Raiders quickly fell out of the voters' favor following a 1-4 start at the Kajikawa Classic. Tech has won 33 of its 39 games since that point, including six of 11 contests against ranked opponents.
Tech is coming off a 3-1 week where the Red Raiders downed then-No. 5 Texas last Wednesday in Lubbock and then took the weekend series at No. 9 Missouri.
The Red Raiders will look to defend their new ranking later tonight with the start of their three-game series against No. 19 Texas A&M. First pitch for the series-opening doubleheader is slated for 5 p.m. at Rocky Johnson Field.