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April 29, 1998

#17 TEXAS TECH (44-17, 10-7) vs. #11 OKLAHOMA STATE (35-15, 9-7) Friday, May 1 * 10 a.m. * Field 2

Tech takes fourth in Big 12 Conference race
What a difference a year can make. That phrase could sum up this year's Texas Tech softball team. Last season the squad went 1-13 in Big 12 play and finished at the bottom of the league race. This time around, Tech put together a 10-7 record and finished fourth. They will play fifth seed Oklahoma State on Friday, May 1 at 10 a.m. on field two of the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.

Red Raiders tackle OSU in opening game
Tech will open the conference tournament against Oklahoma State on Friday at 10 a.m. in game four. The Cowgirls are 35-15 on the season and finished with a 9-7 record in Big 12 play. They are led by Jaime Foutch, who is hitting .442 with eight doubles, seven homeruns and 27 RBIs. Jenn Markert is the top OSU pitcher. She has a 11-4 record with an ERA of 1.01. She has struck out 137 batters in 97.1 innings pitched.

Earlier this season, the Red Raiders split with OSU in Lubbock. In game one, the Cowgirls defeated Tech 8-4, but the Red Raiders returned the favor in game two with a 1-0 shutout. Amanda Renfro picked up the loss, while Emily Hayes garnered the win. The overall series record between the squads has OSU with a 6-1 lead.

Catch a rising Raider
Tech enters the Big 12 Conference Tournament after a road trip that included a sweep of Texas A&M (3-1, 2-1) and a loss to #8 Texas (1-0).

Freshman pitcher Amanda Renfro (22-11) leads Tech with a 1.24 ERA. She has struck out 240 batters in 236.2 innings pitched. In her 38 appearances, Renfro has pitched 13 shutouts. She has been named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week twice.

Another freshman has been powering the Red Raider offense. Centerfielder Sandy Butler leads the team with a .356 batting average. Her 73 hits is a team high and also leads the Big 12. More league leading numbers include her 47 runs scored and 26 stolen bases. Others making noise at the plate are junior Jenny Kohler, senior Jessica Karenke, sophomore Ellen Middleton and junior Amiee Weathers. Kohler leads Tech with 15 doubles and 40 RBIs. Karenke, Middleton and Weathers each have 11 doubles on the season. Sophomore Paula Workman leads Tech in homeruns with seven.

The Red Raiders have won six of their last seven games and put together a 16-2 season mark when playing on a neutral site.

Tech diamond notes
* In Texas Tech's first year of play, they suffered through 44 loss. Two years later, the Red Raiders have claimed 44 wins.
* The Red Raiders 44 wins this season sets a school mark for most wins. Tech, Texas, and Oklahoma lead the league with 44 wins each.
* Freshman Sandy Butler has led Tech in batting for the majority of the season. She is currently hitting a team high .356 overall and .364 in Big 12 play. In her first game as a Red Raider, Butler had four hits on five at bats.
* Sophomore first baseman Tamara Harrington has stolen 11 bases on 11 attempts.
* Freshman pitcher Amanda Renfro has struck out seven batters per game in four of her last seven contests. She is currently averaging 7.1 strikeouts per game.
* Sophomore Christina Munoz is hitting a team high .500 when Tech has runners on base.
* Senior Jessica Karenke is the person to have at the plate when its clutch time. She has 15 RBIs when the Red Raiders have two outs.




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