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April 23, 1997

LUBBOCK, Texas - The #17 Texas Tech softball team enters what may be their most crucial weekend of the season as they prepare to face Texas A&M on Saturday and the #8 University of Texas on Sunday.

The Red Raiders will travel to College Station to play the Aggies in a doubleheader that begins at noon. Texas A&M is currently 32-22 overall and 6-8 in Big 12 play. They are in sixth place in the league race. Tiffany Esters is the team's top hitter. She is batting .316 with 42 hits and 25 runs. The Aggie pitching staff is led by Ashley Lewis, who has an ERA of 1.90. She has struck out 130 batters in 136.2 innings pitched. Lewis has a season mark of 12-8. Texas A&M holds a 4-0 series record over Tech. The last meeting between the two was on April 17, 1996 when the Aggies swept Tech in College Station.

On Sunday, Tech will face eighth ranked Texas in a doubleheader set to begin at 12:05 p.m. The Longhorns are currently third in the Big 12 race with a mark of 8-5. They are 41-12 on the season. Texas is led by Jodi Reeves, who is hitting .415. She is the team leader in virtually every offensive category. Lewis has 41 runs, 56 hits and 40 RBIs. On the mound, Christa Williams leads the charge. She has a league low 0.42 ERA and has struck out 265 batters in 168.2 innings pitched. Her record stands at 22-2. Texas holds a 2-0 series lead over Tech. In their last meeting on April 27, 1997 the Longhorns swept Tech in Lubbock.

"This is such a huge weekend for us. Texas A&M and Texas both have strong programs. We need to play hard and take advantage of every opportunity that comes our way. The team is excited and ready to go," Texas Tech Head Coach Renee Luers-Gillispie said.

The Red Raiders are 42-16 on the season. They hold fourth place in league play with a mark of 8-6. Tech is led by Christina Munoz, who is hitting .395 and Sandy Butler who is batting .347. Freshman Amanda Renfro is Tech's top pitcher with a record of 20-10 and a 1.29 ERA. She has struck out 223 batters in 221.2 innings pitched.




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