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The Red Raiders open their fifth postseason appearance at 5:30 p.m. CT Friday evening.

May 16, 2012

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LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech begins its third-straight postseason appearance Friday when the Red Raiders open the NCAA Washington Regional against Maryland. First pitch is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. CT at the Husky Softball Stadium.

INSIDE THE MARYLAND SERIES
The Red Raiders and Maryland have met twice in history with the two schools splitting the two meetings. Tech won the inaugural meeting against the Terrapins, 3-0, on Feb. 22, 2006 during the Palm Springs Tournament before Maryland came back to defeat the Red Raiders, 3-2, on March 21, 2010 in the finale of the USF The Game Tournament. The loss was only Shanon Hays' third at the time during his opening season in the Tech dugout. The Red Raiders are 5-7 all-time against current members of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

INSIDE THE WASHINGTON SERIES
If Tech and Washington were to face each other, it would eighth all-time meeting between the two schools and the first since 2008 when the Huskies swept the Red Raiders in a pair of neutral-site contests. Tech is just 1-6 all-time against Washington with all seven contests taking place in neutral-site tournaments. The Red Raiders' only win in the series came in a 3-2 victory March 10, 2007 during Big 12/Pac-10 Challenge held in Tempe, Ariz. when the Huskies were ranked 10th in the country.

INSIDE THE HARVARD SERIES
Tech and Harvard are paired in the same regional for the second-straight season as the two schools were part of the Tucson Regional a year ago. The Red Raiders scored seven runs in the first inning en route to a 7-0 victory over the Crimson in the first elimination game of the regional. Tech went on to defeat New Mexico State later in the evening before falling to host Arizona in the regional finale the following day. Harvard is in the postseason for the second-consecutive year after winning the Ivy League.

ON DECK
The Washington Regional winner will advance to face the champion of the Berkley Regional where No. 1 ranked California is hosting Iona, Arkansas, and Boston University. The super regional round is set to run May 24-27 at campus sites throughout the country.

LOOKING BACK
Tech is coming off a week-long break following its series win over Oklahoma State, May 5-7, at Rocky Johnson Field. The Red Raiders dropped the opening game, 5-0, before coming back with 8-4 and 2-1 victories. The series win was Tech's fourth during Big 12 play and helped the Red Raiders reach the 40-win mark for the second-consecutive season and third time in program history. Tech ended the regular season ranked fifth in the Big 12 standings, the program's highest finish since wrapping the 2001 season tied for third. The Red Raiders were one of six conference schools to earn a selection to the postseason.

RED RAIDERS IN POSTSEASON FOR THIRD-STRAIGHT YEAR UNDER HAYS
After inheriting a program in 2010 that had not seen the postseason in eight seasons, Shanon Hays has completed quite a turnaround in Lubbock. The third-year head coach is leading the Red Raiders to their third-straight postseason appearance and the fifth in school history. The Red Raiders have finished with at least 40 wins in each the last two seasons under Hays while Tech's 13-10 mark in Big 12 play this year marks the program's first winning conference record since 2001. Hays is the only coach in school history to lead Tech to multiple postseason appearances. His 120 wins already rank second all-time as well behind only Renee Luers-Gillespie's 138-159-1 mark from the 1996-2000 seasons.

TECH ALL-TIME IN THE POSTSEASON
The Red Raiders have never advanced past the regional round in school history as Tech has fallen in the championship game in each of the past two seasons. Tech is 9-8 all-time in its previous four postseason appearances from the 1999, 2001, 2010, and 2011 seasons. The Red Raiders have been eliminated by the host school in all but one trip with Fresno State starting the trend in 1999 and then Arizona doing so in both 2001 and 2011. Hawaii eliminated Tech in the championship game of the 2010 Stanford Regional.

CUSTER, HAMADA RETURN HOME
When the Red Raiders selection came across the television last Sunday evening, there were likely no smiles brighter than the ones from Ashley Hamada and Cara Custer. The two Washington natives will both be returning to their home state for the first time in their respective careers. Hamada hails from Touchet, Wash. which is four east of Seattle. Custer, meanwhile, is from Spanaway, which is less than an hour from the University of Washington campus. This weekend's trip to Seattle marks the first time any Tech team has traveled to the state of Washington in school history. -

KENNEY LEADS FOUR SELECTIONS TO ALL-BIG 12 TEAMS
Mikey Kenney led a group of four selections to the All-Big 12 teams Tuesday as the junior was honored on the first team in a vote by the conference coaches. It was the first time a Tech player had been first-team recipient since Ashley Parker in 2007. She joined three second-team selections in Emily Bledsoe, Sandy James, and Adriana Perez. It was the first career postseason accolade for Perez, while Bledsoe and James were selected for the third and second-consecutive seasons. Tech's four total selections marked the program's most since 2004 when four Red Raiders were also honored.

PEREZ NAMED A FIRST-TEAM ALL-AMERICAN BY COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS
Adriana Perez kept the honors rolling in earlier this week as she was named a first-team All-American by the website College Sports Madness. Perez, who was also named the Field Player of the Year by the website, is the first Tech player to be recognized as an All-American since Amanda Renfro was a second-team pick by the NCAA in 2001. The junior was also named to the All-Big 12 first team with teammates Logan Hall and Mikey Kenney earning a selection to the second team.

RED RAIDERS POST SECOND-STRAIGHT 40-WIN SEASON
The Red Raiders recorded their second-straight 40-win season thanks to the series with over Oklahoma State in early May. Tech had previously reached the 40-win mark twice in school history as the Red Raiders finished 42-16 a year ago and then a program-best 45-19 in 1998. The Red Raiders advanced to an NCAA Regional with last year's record but failed to make the postseason in 1998. Shanon Hays is the only Tech coach in program history to lead a team to the 40-win mark in multiple seasons.

STEPPING ON UP IN BIG 12 PLAY
After recording just 12 wins total during Big 12 play over the last two years, Tech took a step up to league action this year as its 13-10 mark marked the program's first winning conference record since 2001. The Red Raiders had reached 10 conference wins only twice prior to this season thanks to a 10-7 mark in 1998 and 10-8 record in 2001. Tech's fifth-place finish in the conference standings marks its highest finish since tying for third during that 2001 season. It was also the third time in school history where the Red Raiders had finished among the top-five schools.

TECH SNAPS SINGLE-SEASON HOME RUN RECORD
The Red Raiders' three home runs against Baylor in late April pushed Tech to 60 on the year, snapping last year's single-season school record of 58. Tech went on to add four more long balls during the Oklahoma State series to push its total to 66 entering this weekend's regional. The Red Raiders ended the regular season ranked 13th in the country in home runs per game and third in the Big 12, trailing only the 85 bombs that Oklahoma has recorded and the 67 from Texas A&M. Tech needs one more home run to enter the top 10 in Big 12 single-season history. The Red Raiders have totaled 163 home runs over Shanon Hays' three seasons, more than twice the amount from the previous three seasons prior to his arrival in 2010.

PEREZ JUST ONE LONG BALL SHY OF JAMES' RECORD
Adriana Perez enters the Washington Regional needing just one more home run to match Sandy James' single-season school record from a year ago after the junior connected on her 15th of the year against Baylor. Perez, who is currently tied for second all-time with Mikey Kenney (2010) and Kim Martinez (1997), sent a two-out grand slam over the fence in center during the Saturday game against the Bears, giving her 52 RBI on the year, another feat that ranks in the top five of the school record book. Perez now has 55 RBI on the year, which is tied for third in the single-season record book as well. James did not hit her 16th home run of the year until last season's Tucson Regional.


 

 

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