LUBBOCK, Texas – After a doubleheader sweep against UTEP on Tuesday, the No. 14/15 Texas Tech Softball team (19-1) continues its home stand with five games at the 2019 Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic on Mar. 8-10 at Rocky Johnson Field.
The Red Raiders will face Northern Colorado (4 p.m.) and Gardner-Webb (6:30 p.m.) on Friday, Mar. 8, Jacksonville State (4 p.m.) on Saturday, Mar. 9, and will close out the tournament with rematches against Gardner-Webb (10 a.m.) and Northern Colorado (12:30 p.m.) on Sunday, Mar. 10. Live stats, as well as a live stream, will be available for all five games.
RED RAIDER QUICK HITS
The Texas Tech offense has powered home runs in all but three games – Wisconsin, Lamar and Drake – this season. The Red Raiders racked up three against Omaha, San Diego State, UT Arlington and UTEP, a pair of home runs against UAB, Auburn, North Texas and UT Arlington, and one home run against Nebraska (2x), Furman, Drake, then-No. 13 Arizona State, then-No. 17 Oregon, No. 5 Washington and North Texas. The team has collected 25 dingers over the course of the season and has limited opponents to just three.
Continuing its hot start to the season, Texas Tech leads the Big 12 conference for the fourth consecutive week. Tech boasts a .950 winning percentage – which ranks third in the country. Tech is one of two teams to have dropped just one game (the other being UCLA). Florida State and Alabama are the only two undefeated teams left in the country.
Sophomore Erin Edmoundson helped her own cause against the Miners and launched the first home run of her career in game one - a walk-off grand slam.
Thanks to a four-home run performance at the Texas Tech Invitational, senior All-American Jessica Hartwell earned Big 12 Player of the week laurels and is just two homers shy of tying the program record for career home runs. Hartwell currently sits second with 43 home runs and is vying to beat out standout Mikey Kenney (45 home runs, 2010-13) for the school's No. 1 spot.
In her first season with the Red Raiders, Trenity Edwards has been nothing short of a vital piece of the Red Raider lineup. The sophomore transfer from Missouri leads the conference with seven home runs and an impressive .851 slugging percentage that ranks 41st in the country.
Texas Tech powered a pair of five-inning run-rules over UTEP on Tuesday, Mar. 5. Tech clinched the first game 10-0 and posted 16-8 win in game two.
A menace on the base paths, sophomore Heaven Burton leads the Big 12 conference with 11 steals on the season. Sitting back with 20 stolen bases in her career, Burton has been caught stealing just twice in her career.
Junior Karli Hamilton paces the Red Raiders, as well as the league, in several different categories. She leads the league with 28 hits this season. She also leads the conference and ties for fourth in the nation with four triples while also leading the Big 12 in runs scored (23). Hamilton ranks second with eight stolen bases and fifth overall with a .406 average at the plate.
Finding numerous ways to get on base, Breanna Russell leads the Big 12 conference with a .557 on-base percentage. Along with freshman Zoe Jones, she has drawn 15 walks this season and has been plunked by a pitch five separate times. She has produced one sacrifice fly while racking up 14 hits on the season.
Proving to be a dominant force in the circle, sophomore hurler Erin Edmoundson has been spectacular throughout the 2019 season. Edmoundson leads the Big 12 conference in wins (11), strikeouts (78), shutouts (4) and complete games (6) in 66.2 innings. Edmoundson has thrown two no-hitters this season and has limited opponents to a .154 batting average. Edmoundson ranks third in the country with an 11-1 record and sits fourth in the NCAA with four shutouts.
Junior transfer Missy Zoch helped the Red Raiders to a pair of wins last weekend as she improved to 6-0 on the season. Zoch started the weekend with a season-high seven-inning outing where she fanned seven hitters and allowed just one run.
Sitting right behind Oklahoma in conference batting average, Texas Tech ranks 12th in the NCAA with a .345 batting average. The Red Raiders lead the league with 180 hits, six triples and 30 stolen bases and sit second with a .572 slugging percentage and a .433 on-base percentage.
A LOOK AT THE COMPETITION
Northern Colorado (4-15)
Off to a slow start to the 2019 season, Northern Colorado rides a four-game losing streak into day one of the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic. The Bears have earned wins against California Baptist, Utah State, Santa Clara and Big 12 foe Iowa State. Northern Colorado dropped games to Tech victim North Texas (9-0, 8-2), NO. 20 Texas A&M (18-2, 9-1) and No. 11 Arkansas (11-0). Kenzi Kudrna (.333) and Mady Young (.302) are the only two Bears hitting over .300 and they lead the team with 17 and 16 hits, respectively. Northern Colorado combines for 88 hits and six home runs while hitting .203 as a team. In the circle, the pitching staff combines for a 7.06 ERA and 52 strikeouts. Valerie leads the squad with all four of the Bears' wins while dropping 11 games on the year. She has registered 41 strikeouts and leads the staff with a 5.51 ERA in 80 innings of work. Ben Garcia is in his first season as head coach of the Northern Colorado softball program.
The Runnin' Bulldogs come to Lubbock with a 12-6 overall record. Gardner-Webb split a pair of games against TTU victim Furman and won their last two games at home in Boiling Springs, N.C. Standout Andria Booth leads the team with a 500 batting average and 24 hits this season while the team combines for a .335 average at the plate. Gardner-Webb has racked up 153 hits and 10 home runs in 18 games and has been aggressive on the base-paths with 31 stolen bases. Led by Brooke Perry (7-3), the Bulldog pitching staff has limited opposing hitters to a .245 batting average and 109 hits. Head coach Tom Cole is in the midst of his 19th season at the helm of the Gardner-Webb softball team.
Jacksonville State (9-4)
Picked to finish second in the Ohio Valley Conference, Jacksonville State enters the weekend with a 9-4 overall record. The Gamecocks posted back-to-back wins against Samford and Georgia Tech over the weekend and stole games from both Army and Rutgers. Six Gamecocks carry batting averages over .300 and Karsen Mosley paces the squad with a .455 average. Taylor Beshears carries a team-best 17 hits and 15 RBI while Anna Chisolm leads the way with five home runs and 15 runs scored this season. Senior hurler Faith Sims leads the pitching staff with 46 strikeouts, 1.71 ERA and an even 7-7 record in the circle. The staff has allowed just eight home runs this season while limiting hitters to a .243 batting average. Jana McGinnis is in the midst of her 26th season as head coach of the Gamecocks.
First pitch against Northern Colorado on Friday is slated at 4 p.m. and the Red Raiders will take on Gardner-Webb at approximately 6:30 p.m. Live stats, as well as a live stream, will be available for all five games of the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic. Following Sunday's games, the Red Raiders will hold a post-game clinic for kids ages 5-12. For all the latest information on the Texas Tech softball team, visit TexasTech.com or follow @TexasTechSB on Twitter and Instagram.