April 21, 2011
Game Notes |
Gillispie Autograph Details
LUBBOCK, Texas -
Texas Tech hosts its final home series of the season this weekend as 5th-ranked Texas comes to Lubbock for a two-game series that begins at 6 p.m. Friday at Rocky Johnson Field.
Texas Tech will stream every home game free of charge this season at RaiderVision All-Access on the school's official website, www.texastech.com. Matt Driskill and Harley Chambliss will call the action from Rocky Johnson Field during every Big 12 Conference game as the online broadcast can be heard through the video stream.
Texas Tech fans unable to make the trip to Rocky Johnson Field can keep up with the action through the Gameday Central page at texastech.com. The page will contain live scoring, an in-game blog, and stats and box scores from every game along with postgame video from coach Shanon Hays.
Texas Tech (39-9; 4-8) - RV/RV
Texas (39-4; 9-0) - No. 5/6
(ESPN.com/USA Softball - NFCA/USA Today)
Texas has historically dominated the series, winning 10 of the last 11 meetings to lead 24-5 all-time. Tech's last win over the Longhorns came on March 27, 2008 in a 5-4 victory in Lubbock. The win marked Tech's first against Texas in Lubbock as the Red Raiders are 1-10 all-time in home games against Texas.
The Red Raiders return to the road next weekend, traveling to Lincoln, Neb. for the final time. The series opener with Nebraska is set for April 30. Tech will take a week off for finals before closing the season at Texas A&M, May 13-14, in College Station.
NOT REALLY SENIOR DAY
Many schools around the country will be honoring their senior class during the final home series of the season. Texas Tech will not be one of those schools, however, as the Red Raiders have no seniors on the roster, the only Big 12 school to hold the distinction.
GILLISPIE TO THROW OUT FIRST PITCH
Texas Tech men's basketball coach Billy Gillispie will throw out the first pitch prior to Friday's game. The newly-named head coach will also sign autographs on the stadium concourse beginning at 5:15 p.m.
A LOOK AT TEXAS
Texas enters this weekend's series with a Big 12-best 9-0 record in conference after a sweep of Iowa State last weekend. The Longhorns have won 24 of their last 25 games as well with the lone loss coming April 13 in a midweek game against Stephen F. Austin. Texas boasts the top pitching staff in the nation as the Longhorns, led by Blaire Luna, have recorded a 1.05 earned-run average. Luna is second in the league with a 0.88 ERA. The Texas bats have also impressed with a .339 batting average, which only trails Tech in the conference.
RED RAIDERS REMAIN IN TOP 30 OF RPI
The Red Raiders dropped two spots to No. 29 in this week's ratings percentage index (RPI) rankings, a poll that is commonly used when discussing NCAA Regional berths. Tech is one of eight Big 12 schools ranked in the top 30 of the poll.
NON-CONFERENCE AND THE RPI
Texas Tech played five schools on its non-conference schedule that appear in the top 50 of the RPI. The Arizona State Kajikawa Tournament boasts three teams in that group as Cal is No. 12 nationally in the poll while Indiana is one spot below Tech at No. 30 and BYU is 40th overall. Jacksonville and Chattanooga, two of Tech's opponents from the USF The Game Tournament, are 49th and 50th in the poll as well. Tech went 5-0 in those games.
NATION'S BEST OFFENSE VS. NATION'S BEST ERA
This weekend's series will pair the country's top offense in Texas Tech against the nation's top earned-run average in Texas. The Red Raiders have recorded a .363 average thus far, while the Longhorns are boasting a 1.05 ERA. The Red Raiders are also third in the country in scoring, averaging 8.03 runs per game.
TOUGH STRETCH TO CLOSE SEASON
The Red Raiders are in the midst of an eight-game streak against ranked opponents to close the season. Tech will play six of those games on the road as well with the lone home series coming this weekend against 5th-ranked Texas.