LUBBOCK, Texas – After starting the conference slate with a pair of top-25 opponents, Texas Tech softball continues its challenging start to Big 12 play as it hosts No. 16 Baylor for a three-game series April 6-8 at Rocky Johnson Field.
The Red Raiders (21-15, 1-5) and Lady Bears (21-9, 0-3) get the series started on Friday at 6 p.m. The two teams square off again on Saturday at 4 p.m., before Sunday’s series finale at noon.
The first 200 fans in attendance on Friday will receive complimentary Texas Tech water bottles. Saturday’s game is designated as the annual Pink Game with UMC Health Center employees eligible for $2 tickets. On Sunday, the softball program will welcome the South Plains Girls Fastpitch League and host its opening ceremonies after the game.
Tickets for all home games at Rocky Johnson Field can be purchased online at $5 for adults and $3 for children (ages 2-17). For a list of promotions, head to the softball page at TexasTech.com, hover over the ‘more’ tab and select ‘2018 Promo Schedule.’
All three games will be streamed online at TexasTech.TV with a paid subscription required to view. Live stats will be available, and fans can follow @TexasTechSB on Twitter and Instagram for behind-the-scenes content and live updates.
The Red Raiders earned their first Big 12 win of the season last Friday while dropping 2-of-3 against No. 25 Oklahoma State. Friday marked the first top-25 win over a Big 12 school for Tech since 2015. Junior Jessica Hartwell led the Red Raiders, hitting a Big 12-best .600 on the weekend with four of her six hits going for extra bases.
Baylor suffered a three-game sweep to No. 2 Oklahoma in Waco last weekend. The Lady Bears come to Lubbock following an 8-5 midweek win over Abilene Christian on Wednesday in Abilene.
Six Lady Bears are hitting over .300 led by senior outfielder and 2017 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year Jessie Scroggins, who entered the week with the nation’s highest batting average at .521. Juniors Gia Rodoni (2.16 ERA) and Regan Green (2.35 ERA) have combined for 26-of-29 starts in the circle.
Last season, the Lady Bears pulled out three close wins over the Red Raiders in Waco by scores of 5-1, 6-3 and 4-0. Then-freshman Kassidy Scott started all three games for Tech while Rodoni started game two for Baylor, which was tied 3-3 after five. Hartwell led Tech for the series, hitting .333 with a home run.
Baylor leads the all-time series 43-15 behind 12 straight wins. Tech’s last win over the Lady Bears came in 2013 and its last series win was in 2012.
• With nine freshmen and three sophomores, Texas Tech is one of the youngest among power-conference teams. The 12 underclassmen consist of 63% of the Tech roster, a higher percentage than all but nine Power-Five schools.
• Five underclassmen are starting or in the primary rotation in the field. In the circle, Tech’s top two pitchers this season are a freshman and sophomore.
• The Red Raiders entered Big 12 play with 20 wins, surpassing last season’s win total and marking the highest win total through 30 games for head coach Adrian Gregory.
• The Red Raider enter the week ranked No. 47 in the latest NCAA RPI, boasting a pair of RPI Top-25 wins and a 1-7 mark against NFCA Top-25 teams.
• Edmoundson leads all Big 12 freshmen and ranks sixth overall with a 2.08 ERA in 111 innings of work. The lefty is second in the league with 13 wins and third with 89 strikeouts. She also gets it done at the plate, hitting .220 in 59 at-bats.
• Junior Jessica Hartwell ranks second in the Big 12 and top-30 nationally in both home runs and slugging. She led the Big 12 in hitting last week at .600 against Oklahoma State with four of her six hits going for extra bases.
• Tech ranks 9th in the nation in triples per game, 16th in doubles per game and 15th in double plays per game. The Red Raiders also lead the Big 12 in stolen bases, averaging 1.33 per game.
Texas Tech is back on the road next week, starting with a midweek game at Abilene Christian on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The Red Raiders then travel to Austin for a three-game series with in-state rival Texas April 13-15.