Red Raider softball continues Big 12 action at Iowa State

Red Raider softball continues Big 12 action at Iowa State

LUBBOCK, Texas – After dropping its first Big 12 Conference series of the season, the No. 15/14 Texas Tech softball team (27-5, 0-3 Big 12) looks to turn the page as it travels to Ames, Iowa, for a three-game series against the Cyclones on March 29-31.
 
Game one is scheduled for approximately 4 p.m. on Friday, March 29, at Cyclone Sports Complex. First pitch on Saturday (March 30) is set to go off at 1 p.m. and the Red Raiders will close out the series with another 1 p.m. matchup on Sunday (March 31). Live Stats, as well as a live stream, will be available for all three games.

RED RAIDER QUICK HITS

Senior All-American Jessica Hartwell paces the Big 12 Conference in RBIs with 31 on the season. Sophomore transfer Trenity Edwards also ranked in the top five and sits in a tie for No. 4 with a 27 RBI in her first season with the Red Raiders

Leading the Red Raiders in multiple categories, Karli Hamilton leads Tech and ranks fourth in the Big 12 Conference with a .417 batting average. She leads the league and ranks third in the nation with six triples, ranks third in the conference and ties for 14th in the nation with 43 hits, sits second in the Big 12 with 35 runs scored and 75 total bases, and resides in the top 10 in stolen bases (9), RBI (27), on-base percentage (.479) and slugging percentage (.728).

In just her second season with the Red Raiders, sophomore Heaven Burton leads the league with 14 stolen bases and sits fourth overall in hits. Burton enters the weekend tied for 27th in the NCAA with 41 hits this season. 

Residing among the nation's top teams for the sixth-straight week, the No. 15/14 Texas Tech softball team (27-5, 0-3 Big 12) remains in the Top 25 in three separate polls, as well as the NCAA Women's Softball RPI. The Red Raiders came in at No. 14 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top-25 Poll and No. 15 in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches and Softball America Top-25 Polls. Tech also ranked 16th in the NCAA Women's Softball RPI.

Blasting Tech's only home run against the No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners, freshman Morgan Hornback sent her third home run of the season sailing out of the park in game three of the Red Raiders' first conference series of 2019. The Oregon City, Ore., native has belted two pinch-hit homer this season – one against Nebraska and the other against Oklahoma – and sent a three-run shot out of the park against UTEP.

Rocky Johnson Field was filled to capacity on Saturday, March 23, as 1,258 fans gathered to watch the first Top-15 series played in Lubbock. Previously ranked at No. 14/12, the Red Raiders played host to No. 2/2 Oklahoma in Tech's first Big 12 Conference series of the 2019 season. The record crowd broke the previous mark of 1,257 attendees on April 25, 2015, against the Texas Longhorns. Game three against the Sooners went down as the fourth-largest crowd in program history with 1,223 fans in attendance on March 24.

Tied for the No. 1 spot in the school record book, Jessica Hartwell is one home run shy of becoming Tech's all-time career home run leader. In her career at Tech, Hartwell has collected 45 home runs. Her next home run this season will place her ahead of alumna Mikey Kenney, who set the record with 45 home runs from 2010-13.

Through 32 games, the Red Raiders have outscored their opponents 218-82. Equaling its opponents run production, Tech has plated 82 runs just from home runs this season. The Red Raiders have blasted 18 solo homers, 12 two-run shots, eight three-run home runs and four grand slams this season.

Six Red Raiders have started every single game at their respective positions this season. Making waves as a true freshman, Zoe Jones has been a solid piece of the infield puzzle at as she's started all 32 games at second base. Making the transition over to the left side, senior Taylor Satchell has started every game at shortstop and sophomore Breanna Russell has started every game of her career (91 games) at third base. The Red Raider outfield has been consistent through the 2019 season – sophomore Heaven Burton has started every game in left field, Karli Hamilton has started 32 games in center field and freshman Yvonne Whaley has started all 32 games of her young Tech career in right field.

 
SERIES HISTORY
The Red Raiders enter the weekend with a 35-19 all-time series lead over Iowa State. The two teams first met in 1996 and the Cyclones claimed the first series in Ames, Iowa. Tech powered its way to a six-game winning streak from April 23, 2016, through May 13, 2017, before Iowa State won its first series against the Red Raiders since 2002 last season. Tech prevented the sweep in its most recent game against the Cyclones and bounced back for a 5-3 win at Rocky Johnson Field on April 22, 2018. Head coach Adrian Gregory is 9-4 against the Cyclones and the Red Raiders boast a 16-10 record when playing in Ames, Iowa.
 
FINAL DETAILS
First pitch on Friday is set to go off at 4 p.m. Game two is slated for 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday's matchup will begin at approximately 1 p.m. Live stats, as well as a live stream, will be available for all three games. For all the latest information on the Texas Tech softball team, visit TexasTech.com or follow @TexasTechSB on Twitter and Instagram.

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