April 21, 2008
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LUBBOCK, Texas -
Fresh off a weekend sweep of perennial-power Baylor in Waco and riding an eight-game home winning streak, Texas Tech softball returns to Rocky Johnson Field to welcome UT-Arlington for a Tuesday double header. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. CT and it will be the first of an eight-game home stand for Tech as it finishes off the regular season before the Big 12 Championships.
After taking on the Mavericks, Iowa State will come to town for a weekend series Saturday and Sunday.
Fans can follow all of Texas Tech's home games via 1420 AM in the Lubbock area. Matt Driskill will call the action, while Harley Chambliss will provide color analysis.
Tech and UT-Arlington have met five times previously with the Mavericks holding a 3-2 advantage. Tuesday will mark the first meeting in Lubbock in the series, having played the first three on a neutral site and the last two in Arlington, which was a double header in April 2006. The two teams split that twin bill with Tech winning the second game 4-0.
Scouting the Mavericks
The Mavericks enter Tuesday with a 20-19 record for the season. They dropped a 1-0 heartbreaker early in the season to the same Virginia Tech team that no hit Team USA in a win. UTA has won seven of its last 10 games but has dropped its last three games, including a double header to Tulsa.
Tech swept perennial-power Baylor during the weekend by scores of 4-1 and 4-3 to mark the Red Raiders' first regular-season sweep over the Bears since 1998. It was also the first time since 2003 that Baylor had been swept at home in a conference series.
Numbers to Note
The Red Raiders' win over Baylor Sunday gave them five conference wins this season, which is the most for Tech since 2001, when it won 10 games... Tech is currently on an eight-game home winning streak, which marks the most home wins under Teresa Wilson... The Red Raiders went 6-2 over their last eight games last year as part of their Cinderella run to the Big 12 Championship game.
Rewinding through Last Week
After sweeping a UT-San Antonio Tuesday, Tech ran smack into a hot Texas team Thursday that beat the Red Raiders 10-1. Tech responded in great fashion by sweeping Baylor during the weekend... Seniors Robyn Wike and Jennifer Bowers picked up their hitting in big ways, with Bowers hitting .300 for the week to go along with two home runs against the Bears. Wike hit .333 for the week and extended her hitting streak to a career-best five games.
Lights Out Watkins
Alex Watkins enjoyed a career day last Tuesday against UT-San Antonio. The Big Spring, Texas, native threw two shutout innings with four strikeouts in the first game against the Roadrunners before allowing just one hit while striking out eight in her first-ever complete-game shutout in game two... For the day, the junior threw nine scoreless innings while strking out 12 and allowing just two hits and one walk.
Bowers and Wike have been swinging a sweet stick of late, as evidenced by their .300-plus batting averages last week. Bowers hit .308 with two home runs while slugging .846 last week... Wike is hitting .353 over her last six games, including two homers and six RBI.
Big 12 Pitcher of the Week
Sophomore Ashly Jacobs was named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week two weeks ago for her efforts in helping Tech to its first victories over Nebraska in seven years and its first-ever season sweep over the Huskers. The Houston, Texas, native went 2-0 and pitched 11.2 scoreless innings while giving up just one walk and striking out six for the week.
It was a weekend of note for the Red Raiders April 5-6, as they beat Nebraska for the first time in seven years and the first time ever in Lubbock, in addition to recording their first-ever season sweep of the Cornhuskers... Legler led Tech with a .500 avg. for the weekend, while Ashly Jacobs pitched 11.2 shutout innings and picked up wins in both games. Jennifer Corkin hit her second home run of the season in Friday's game, and Devin Zaragoza hit .429 with a pair of RBI over the two games.
No Runs for You
Jacobs recently completed a string of 22.2 consecutive shutout innings before being scratched for a run... She allowed just two runs, only one of which was earned, over 25.2 innings from March 29 to April 8.
Twenty-four of the Red Raiders' losses this season have come against teams that are either ranked in the Top 25 or have been receiving votes. Fourteen losses have come against Top 25 teams, while 12 losses have been by two runs or less.
Can You Say Strength of Schedule?
Eight of Tech's 2008 opponents are currently ranked in the Top 25, while four others are receiving votes... Twelve teams on the Red Raiders' schedule were ranked in the preseason polls.
On the Road
The Red Raiders played their first 29 games on the road. Playing that many road games to start a season is nothing unusual for the Red Raiders under Teresa Wilson. In 2006, Tech played its first 34 games, including four conference games, on the road. Last year, the Red Raiders played its first 30 contests away from Lubbock before playing its first home game at Rocky Johnson Field.
While not one of their usual uniform combinations, the Red Raiders may want to consider playing more games in an odd looking red-jersey, red-pant motife. Tech has gone 5-0 while hitting .331 and scoring a combined 30 runs on 43 hits in this combo. Opponents have hit just .165 against Tech in this outfit. Four Red Raiders are hitting .500 while wearing all red.