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Red Raiders Close Regular Season at No. 22/15 Baylor

May 1, 2013

Texas Tech Notes  |  Baylor Notes  |  Gameday Central

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech will look to close out the regular season in style this week when the Red Raiders travel to face No. 22 Baylor at Getterman Stadium. The three-game series begins at 7 p.m. Thursday evening with a nationally-televised broadcast on ESPN.

• Texas Tech will be looking to boast its postseason resume this weekend as the Red Raiders enter the series ranked No. 56 in the latest RPI poll that is widely used for postseason selections. Tech is fifth among Big 12 schools and just one spot back of Kansas.
• The Red Raiders are coming off a three-game sweep at the hands of No. 7 Texas last weekend at Rocky Johnson Field. The sweep dropped Texas Tech to 3-12 in Big 12 play entering this weekend.
• Texas Tech has 29 wins on the year, one shy of reaching the 30-win mark for the fourth-straight year under Shanon Hays, a feat that has not previously been accomplished in school history. Tech recorded three-straight winning seasons from 1997-99 under head coach Renee Luers-Gillespie.
• Texas Tech is looking to close the regular season with a series win for the second-straight year as the Red Raiders took two-of-three games from Oklahoma State.
• Despite boasting a lineup that uses three or four freshmen per game, the Red Raiders are coming close to becoming just the second team in school history to record a team batting average over .300. Tech is currently hitting .301 entering this week which would be the second-highest average all-time at Texas Tech, trailing only the .341 clip from the 2011 season.
• The Red Raiders are just one double shy of matching the Texas Tech single-season record of 84 that was set during the 2011 season. Nearly half of Texas Tech's total has come from the trio of Sandy James, Katelyn Williams and Mikey Kenney, who have totaled 41 doubles entering this week.

Despite winning the 2012 series with Baylor, Texas Tech trails the overall series with the Lady Bears, 29-11, including a 11-5 mark in games played in Waco. The Red Raiders last traveled to Waco in 2010, Shanon Hays' first season with the Red Raiders, when the two teams split a pair of 1-0 victories. Tech won the 2012 series with a walk-off win in the rubber match as Mikey Kenney capped a three-run seventh inning with a RBI single that scored Logan Hall. It was Tech's third victory over Baylor under Hays, who is 3-4 all-time in the series. Prior to his arrival, Tech had lost 13 of the previous 17 meetings between the two schools.

If one thing has been evident during the Shanon Hays era, Texas Tech fans enjoy the Lubbock native's style of softball as crowds have packed Rocky Johnson Field during his tenure. All five of the facilities highest attendance figures have come in the past four seasons, including the 1,025 who saw last Sunday's series finale with No. 7 Texas. The crowd ranked as the second-largest in Rocky Johnson Field history and followed the 923 fans that saw last Saturday's game, the third-largest ever. Approximately 2,470 fans witnessed the Texas series, the largest series total since the Big 12 moved to three games a year ago.



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