Texas Tech Announces 2012 Softball Schedule|
The Red Raiders will play 22 games this season at Rocky Johnson Field.
Nov. 29, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - After two-straight seasons in the postseason, Texas Tech unveiled its 2012 softball schedule Tuesday which features a tough non-conference slate and 22 total games at Rocky Johnson Field.
The Red Raiders, who have played the majority of its non-conference contests at home the past two seasons, will span the country for four road tournaments while also hosting the second-annual Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic.
"This is obviously going to be the most difficult schedule we've had since I've been here," third-year head coach Shanon Hays said. "We'll be tested early, and it will be important that we start the season off well. This type of schedule gets you prepared for Big 12 play where there really isn't a game off for anyone."
Tech opens the season Feb. 9-11 at the Arizona State Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. where the Red Raiders will face three NCAA Regional squads from a year ago in San Diego State, Tennessee and Stanford.
The Red Raiders will face four more postseason teams over the next two weeks with trips to Las Vegas for the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic (Feb. 17-19) and Waco, Texas for the Texas Shootout (Feb. 24-26).
Binghamton and UT-Arlington give the Red Raiders one final test before Big 12 play opens as the two schools open Tech's home schedule March 2-4 in the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic.
The Red Raiders travel to the state capital a few days later for a two-game midweek series at Texas on March 6-7. The Longhorns will make a return trip to Lubbock on April 11 to close the series. All Big 12 series will be three games beginning this season.
After a weekend two-game series with New Mexico on March 9-10, the Red Raiders travel to the east coast over Spring Break, battling Stony Brook in a March 14 doubleheader before taking part in the Seton Hall Classic March 16-18. Tech will face the host Pirates, Manhattan, and Monmouth in the three-day event.
Following a little over a week off, Tech will play five of its next eight games at home starting with Midwestern State on March 27. The Red Raiders will take a trip to Oklahoma (April 5-7) during that span as Tech will also host Iowa State (March 30-April 1) and Texas (April 11).
Tech will soon after begin a stretch of nine games over 10 days, beginning with a trip to reigning Big 12 champion Missouri on April 13-15 in Columbia. The Red Raiders return home shortly after for a midweek series against in-state rival Texas A&M April 17-18 and then Baylor on April 20-22.
After making its final road trip of the year at Kansas April 27-29 in Lawrence, Tech closes the regular season May 5-7 at home against Oklahoma State.
The NCAA Selection Show will air May 13 on the ESPN family of networks as Tech will look to have its name called for the third-straight season. The regionals round runs May 17-20 at sites to be determined with super regionals following on May 24-27.
The Women's College World Series will once again hail from ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City as the tournament's top eight teams will battle May 31-June 6 to crown a national champion.
The Red Raiders return 15 letterwinners and eight position starters from last year's squad that advanced to the championship game of the Tucson Regional, giving Tech likely one of the most-experienced teams in the country heading into the season.