LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech softball continues its early-season road swing with matchups against UCF, Hofstra and Florida A&M at the UCF Tournament Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 17-18, at the UCF Softball Complex in Orlando, Fla.
The Red Raiders (2-3) open the weekend with Hofstra (3-2) Saturday at 9 a.m. CST, before taking on host UCF (3-2) at 2 p.m. CST. Tech returns to play Sunday with Florida A&M (1-2) at 9 a.m. CST, and then closes the action with Hofstra at 11:30 a.m. CST.
Live stats of Saturday's action will be available here, while live stats of Sunday's games can be found here. Tech's game against UCF will be streamed on UCFKnights.TV with a subscription required to view. As always, live updates will be provided on Twitter @TexasTechSB.
Tech is coming off a 12-5 win in the midweek at UT Arlington. The Red Raiders pounded out 12 runs on 13 hits, including two home runs apiece from junior Jessica Hartwell and senior Allison Knopp. Last weekend, Tech earned a 4-2 win in nine innings over Boston College at the Aggie Classic before dropping its next three games to Houston and No. 6 Texas A&M.
After a stellar sophomore campaign, Hartwell has picked up right where she left off as she leads the team in batting, RBI, runs scored, walks, slugging percentage and is tied for the team lead in home runs. She enters the weekend having hit safely in all five games.
Several newcomers made a splash on opening weekend, including redshirt freshman Michaela Cochran and freshmen Erin Edmoundson, Kelcy Leach and Breanna Russell. Cochran went 4-4 with a walk in the season opening win over Boston College. Edmoundson holds a team-best 0.70 ERA in 10 innings pitched and hit safely in three of four games in College Station. Leach and Russell, meanwhile, both connected on home runs at the Aggie Classic.
Saturday's meeting between Texas Tech and Hofstra will mark just the third meeting between the two programs and the first since 2000. The series, currently split at 1-1, features a pair of one-run games played at the Paradise Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Texas Tech and UCF will square off for the sixth time overall and the second time in as many years on Saturday. The Knights currently hold a 3-2 advantage in the overall series. The two squads met last season at the Easton Bama Bash with UCF coming out on top with a 13-4 win. UCF is in its 16th season under former Texas Tech head coach Renee Luers-Gillispie, who coached at Tech from 1996-2000.
Sunday will mark just the second meeting all-time between Texas Tech and Florida A&M. The Red Raiders won the only prior matchup, 7-2, in March of 2010 at USF's The Game Tournament.
The Red Raiders open their 2018 home slate next week, welcoming Abilene Christian to Lubbock Wednesday, Feb. 21, for a 6 p.m., first pitch, before settling in to host Northwestern State for three games Feb. 23-24. Tickets are available for purchase online here.