LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech softball concludes its 10-game home stretch as it hosts the eighth-annual Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic this weekend, March 2-4, at Rocky Johnson Field, featuring New Mexico, Bowling Green and UTSA.
The action gets underway Friday with the Red Raiders (8-6) set to take on New Mexico (2-13) at 3:30 p.m., and Bowling Green (9-1) at 6 p.m. Tech will then square off with Bowling Green and UTSA (7-5) Saturday starting at 1 p.m., before closing things out Sunday with a 1 p.m., first pitch against New Mexico.
The three-day, round-robin event was established in 2011 to honor the memory of Jeannine McHaney, who served Texas Tech as an athletics administrator for nearly 20 years until her death in 1994. McHaney came to Texas Tech in 1966 and, following the establishment of the Women’s Athletic Department in 1975, was selected as the program’s athletic director until the men’s and women’s departments eventually combined.
Fans can take advantage of a two-for-one special for Friday and Saturday as one ticket provides admission for two games. A kids clinic will take place following Sunday’s game while other promotions this weekend include Friday Bingo and Signature Saturday. Tickets can be purchased online, at the gate or by calling the Texas Tech ticket office at 806-742-TECH.
A stream of Friday and Sunday’s games featuring Texas Tech will be available at TexasTech.TV. Radio coverage is also available via KTXT 88.1 on those days. Live stats are provided through SidearmStats.com. For live updates and additional content, follow @TexasTechSB on Twitter.
With Sunday’s tournament finale, Texas Tech will wrap up a 10-game home stand before hitting the road for an extended trip to California during spring break. The Red Raiders enter the weekend 4-1 at home, including a three-game sweep of Northwestern State and a doubleheader split with New Mexico State.
Reigning Big 12 Pitcher of the Week Erin Edmoundson followed her stellar 3-0 weekend against Northwestern State with another strong performance Tuesday against the Aggies. She tossed 8.1 scoreless innings during the doubleheader and allowed just three hits while striking out nine. The freshman is 5-1 on the year and currently ranks fourth in the Big 12 with a 0.88 ERA in 39.2 innings pitched. She ranks third in the league with 35 strikeouts, and opponents are hitting just .157 off her.
Junior infielder Jessica Hartwell returned to the lineup Tuesday after missing four games with a hand injury. She cranked two home runs in her first two at-bats and is now tied for the league lead with five on the year. Hartwell ranks fourth in the Big 12 with a .500 batting average and leads the conference with a 1.107 slugging percentage.
Texas Tech enters the weekend having allowed just 50 runs through its first 14 games, the best mark in the Gregory era. The Red Raiders are third in the Big 12 with a 2.47 ERA and a .227 opponent batting average as a staff. Sophomore Kassidy Scott has also been impressive with a 2.47 ERA to rank ninth in the Big 12 in 34.0 innings pitched.
New Mexico – Texas Tech leads the all-time series 18-16, including four straight wins and an 8-2 advantage over the Lobos in Lubbock. The two will meet Friday for the first time since 2012.
Bowling Green – Texas Tech leads the all-time series 2-0 with both meetings coming in 1998.
UTSA – Texas Tech leads the all-time series 15-11 and has won nine of the last 12. The Roadrunners, however, claimed both games of a doubleheader last season in San Antonio.