|Final Record ||30-26 overall / 4-14 Big 12 Conference|
|Head Coach||Shanon Hays |
|Head Coach Record ||265-93 overall (6 Seasons) / 151-77 at Texas Tech (4 Seasons)
|2014 Preview || Letterwinners Returning: 12|
Letterwinners Lost: 8
Position Starters Returning: 5
Position Starters Lost: 4
Pitchers Returning: 4
Pitchers Lost: 2
Signing Class (Through June 26): 10
RED RAIDERS SAY GOODBYE TO WINNINGEST SENIOR CLASS IN SCHOOL HISTORY
When the final out was recorded in Texas Tech's regular season finale win at Baylor in early May, it marked the end of the storied careers of the Red Raider senior class composed of Ashley Brokeshoulder, Emily Cooper, Sandy James, Mikey Kenney and Adriana Perez. Kenney and Brokeshoulder took part in 151 wins during their four years wearing scarlet and black, the most victories for a pair of seniors in school history. James joined the Red Raiders in 2011 after transferring from Angelo State and sitting out one season due to NCAA transfer rules. She was joined a year later by Cooper and Perez, who both transferred from the junior college ranks. Tech advanced to an NCAA Regional three times in the last four years, breaking the program's previous postseason drought that dated back to the 2001 season.
DESPITE YOUTH, RED RAIDERS BOAST YET ANOTHER POTENT OFFENSE
After losing half of his lineup due to graduation, Texas Tech head coach Shanon Hays might have been unsure of what to expect from his 2013 team that normally had up to five freshmen starting around the diamond. Thanks in part to seniors Mikey Kenney, Sandy James and Adriana Perez along with emerging freshmen Samantha Camello and Lexie Elkins, the Red Raiders compiled a .301 batting average that ranked 37th in the country and marked just the second time in school history Tech has hit over a .300 clip. In addition, the Red Raiders continued to be one of the more power-oriented teams nationally with 53 home runs (second in Big 12) to go along with a school-record 89 doubles.
RED RAIDERS WILL STILL BE YOUNG BUT MORE EXPERIENCED IN 2014
Texas Tech's youth movement will continue in 2014 as the Red Raiders are expected to be primarily composed of freshmen and sophomores. Tech returns three soon-to-be seniors in Marisa Malazzo, Taylor Powell and Brittany Talley along with a pair of experienced juniors in Cara Custer and Katelyn Williams. Despite the young roster, Tech returns five regular position starters in Sydnie Tapia, Samantha Camello, Lexie Elkins, Powell and Williams along with its top three pitchers from this past season in Custer, Talley and Gretchen Aucoin, who was also instrumental at the plate late in the season as well. Tech has already signed 10 newcomers for next season and may add another junior college prospects to the class this summer.
JAMES, KENNEY EARN NFCA ALL-REGION HONORS
Texas Tech seniors Mikey Kenney and Sandy James were both honored by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) following the season as part of the organization's Division I All-Region teams. Two of the top hitters in school history, James earned first-team accolades for the central region as a utility player while Kenney picked up second-team honors in the outfield. Tech was one of five teams to have multiple players represented on one of the two teams. James' selection marks the third-straight season a Red Raider has received a mention of the first team, joining Logan Hall from 2011 and Adriana Perez from 2012. It is the first time she has ever been honored by the NFCA.
KENNEY HONORED ON ALL-BIG 12 SECOND TEAM AS WELL
In addition to earning NFCA All-Region honors, Mikey Kenney was honored on the All-Big 12 second team in a vote by the conference coaches. Kenney, was also honored on the All-Big 12 first team in 2012 and the second team in 2010, wrapped her illustrious career in scarlet and black with her best season to date as she hit .354 with 13 home runs and 47 RBI. She snapped the Tech single-season record with 43 walks and was just the second Red Raider to ever record an on-base percentage over .500 thanks to her .509 mark. Kenney is just the fifth Tech player to be honored three times in a career on the All-Big 12 teams, joining Emily Bledsoe (2010-12), Ashley Parker (2004, 2006-07), Amanda Renfro (1998, 2000-01) and Sandy Butler (1998-01).
SENIOR CLASS LEAVES THEIR MARK IN THE TEXAS TECH RECORD BOOK
In between recording win after win on the diamond the past few seasons, three members of Texas Tech's senior class - Sandy James, Mikey Kenney and Adriana Perez - also left their mark in the school's record book as well. The trio ended the season as the top three home run hitters in school history with Kenney leading the pack with a record-setting 45 long balls over her four seasons. Kenney and James rank as the all-time leaders in RBI and recorded two of the top five career batting averages as well while Perez is also among the top 10 in both categories. The three seniors combined for 36 of Tech's 53 home runs this season alone with Perez leading the group with a team-leading 14 that ranked among the Big 12 leaders.
MIKEY, MIKEY, MIKEY ...
With all she has accomplished over four seasons, looking back on Mikey Kenney's career as a Red Raider might be rather difficult. The senior ended her tenure in scarlet and black ranked among the top 10 in nearly every career category in school history as well as several Big 12 records. Texas Tech's all-time leader for runs scored, home runs and walks, Kenney produced a career .327 average which ranks second for a four-year player in school history, only behind Sandy Butler's .337 average from the 1998-2001 seasons.
JAMES ENDS SEASON WITH A PAIR OF HOME RUNS
To say Sandy James' last game as a Red Raider wasn't memorable might be an understatement. The senior went 2-for-4 with a pair of solo home runs in Texas Tech's 6-4 victory over No. 15 Baylor that closed the regular season. The two home runs gave James nine for the season and increased her career total to 36, which is the second-highest amount in school history. It was one of two multiple-hit games for James against Baylor as she also went 2-for-4 in the Friday night game as well. The Kilgore, Texas native ended the year hitting .321 with 40 RBI and a team-high 17 doubles that ranked second in the Big 12 Conference.
`MANNA MAKES QUICK ADJUSTMENT TO BIG 12 PLAY
Playing shortstop in the Big 12 Conference is not as easy as Samantha Camello made it look this season. The Temecula, Calif. native hit .311 with six doubles and 19 RBI en route to becoming just the sixth Red Raider starting freshman to hit .300 or better, joining Mikey Kenney (2010), Stephanie Drewry (2009), Ashley Parker (2004), Sandy Butler (1998) and Paula Workman (1997). Camello was Tech's best hitter in Big 12 play as she compiled a .275 average while playing in possibly the nation's toughest pitching conference. She was one of just three Red Raiders to start in play in all 56 games and made 15 starts at shortstop during Big 12 play alone.
WILLIAMS WRAPS HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL SOPHOMORE CAMPAIGN
The dreaded "sophomore slump" failed to ring in Katelyn Williams this season. Williams, who totaled just one home run and 10 RBI as a freshman, led the Red Raiders with a .359 average this season to go along with nine home runs, 14 doubles and 38 RBI. Williams' batting average ranked tied for the eighth-highest in program history while her 106 total bases were the seventh-most by a Red Raider all-time. She also compiled a .624 slugging percentage that ranked 10th in single-season history as well. Williams and Shelby Johnson were tied for the team high with 17 multiple-hit games.
RED RAIDERS PLACE FIVE ON ACADEMIC ALL-BIG 12 TEAMS
Taylor Powell highlighted Texas Tech's selections to the Academic All-Big 12 teams as she was one of five Red Raiders honored in a release by the conference office. Powell, a junior from Henrietta, Texas, picked up first team accolades for the second-consecutive season as she was also one of four conference athletes nominated with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average, joining Rosie Hull (Kansas), Jessica Vest (Oklahoma) and Elizabeth Paul (Baylor). She was joined on the first team by senior Mikey Kenney and fellow junior Brittany Talley. It marked the third-straight season where Kenney was rewarded for her work in the classroom, while Talley was honored for the first time in her career. Cara Custer and Sandy James rounded out Tech's selections on the second team. Like Talley, Custer, a sophomore out of Spanaway, Wash., was honored for the first time in her career while James, a senior from Kilgore, Texas, picked up her third career selection to one of the two teams.
THREE RED RAIDER FRESHMEN HONORED ON ACADEMIC ALL-BIG 12 ROOKIE TEAM
The Red Raiders placed four freshmen on the inaugural Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team, highlighted by Samantha Camello who was one of three Texas Tech student-athletes nominated with a 4.0 grade-point average. Gretchen Aucoin, Shannon Carrico and Tess McPherson were also among the 33 Tech student-athletes honored on the team.
TEXAS TECH AMONG THE TOP OFFENSES IN THE COUNTRY ... AGAIN
One staple for Texas Tech under Shanon Hays has been boasting one of the top offenses in the nation the past two seasons. Even with a reworked lineup that normally consists of three or four freshmen, the Red Raiders ended the season ranked 23rd nationally in scoring and eighth in doubles per game. Tech is also just outside the top 30 for batting average (38th), slugging percentage (31st), and home runs per game (45th). The Red Raiders ranked among the national leaders in several offensive categories in 2012, a year after ranking fourth in both scoring and batting average.
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