LUBBOCK, Texas – After an 8-2 home stand, the Texas Tech softball team is back on the road for an extended stay in California over spring break, starting with this weekend’s CSUN Tournament in Northridge, Calif., March 9-11, at the Matador Diamond.
The Red Raiders (12-7) open the event Friday with Seattle University at 3 p.m. CT and CSUN at 5 p.m. CT. Tech will then square off with Oregon State on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. CT before a rematch with CSUN at 3 p.m. CT. The Red Raiders and Beavers round things out Sunday at 10 a.m. CT.
Live stats of each game will be available through SidearmStats.com, which can be found at GoMatadors.com or through the schedule page at TexasTech.com. Stay tuned to @TexasTechSB on Twitter and Instagram to follow the Red Raiders on their trip and for game updates..
The tournament is the first of 11 games in the Golden State for the Red Raiders. After a midweek contest at No. 21 Long Beach State on March 14, the Red Raiders will head to Riverside, Calif., to battle Idaho State, Purdue and UC Riverside March 16-18.
Tech enters the weekend having garnered back-to-back Big 12 weekly honors for the first time since 2011. Galt, Calfi., native Jessica Hartwell was tabbed Big 12 Player of the Week and USA Softball National Player of the Week after smacking six home runs, two triples, a double and 19 RBI last week with a .440 batting average. The week prior, freshman Erin Edmoundson came away with Big 12 Pitcher of the Week honors.
CSUN (10-13) is coming off a pair of home wins over Providence College and are 2-1 at home this season. The Matadors have seen seven Power-5 teams so far and own a 9-8 win over Stanford. CSUN leads the all-time series with Tech, 3-0, with the last meeting coming in 2009.
Oregon State (13-8) is receiving votes in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 Poll. The Beavers have won four of their last six and are 3-6 against Top 25 teams this season. OSU leads the all-time series against Tech, 3-1, but Tech won the last meeting in 2008.
Seattle U (13-9) are coming off a pair of midweek wins over Toledo. The Redhawks own wins over Stanford, CSUN and one-run losses to Notre Dame and Nebraska. Tech leads the all-time series with SU, 1-0, after an 8-4 win in 2015.
The Red Raiders enter the CSUN Tournament winners of four in a row and 9 of their last 11.
Texas Tech features two Californians on its roster in Jessica Hartwell of Galt, Calif., and freshman Myamie Thompson from Lancaster, Calif.
Hartwell ranks second in the nation in slugging (1.149) and is fifth in home runs per game (0.50). She is also the Big 12 leader in home runs (9), RBI (28), total bases (54) and slugging percentage.
Edmoundson leads the Big 12 in wins (8-1) and is second in strikeouts (52), innings pitched (58.1) and opponent batting average (.166). She is one of four Big 12 pitchers with a sub-1.00 ERA.
Outfielders Michaela Cochran and Heaven Burton enter the weekend with 11-game hitting streaks. Cochran currently leads the Big 12 with 31 hits on the season and is hitting .437 to lead all freshman in the league. Burton ranks third among all Big 12 freshmen with a .404 average.
As a whole, the Red Raider pitching staff ranks third in the Big 12 with a 2.66 ERA and .232 opponent batting average.
The Red Raiders will remain in California and travel to No. 21 Long Beach State (16-5) for a midweek bout on March 14 at 4 p.m. CT. The 49ers feature Big West Pitcher of the Week Cielo Meza, who threw a no-hitter against then-No. 21 Minnesota last week.