Texas Tech Softball Makes First Big 12 Road Trip

Published 04/03 2014 09:41PM

Updated 04/03 2014 09:46PM

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Tech heads to the road for the first time in Big 12 Conference play this weekend as the Red Raiders travel to the state capital of Austin for a three-game series with the Texas Longhorns at McCombs Field. The series begins with a 4:30 p.m. first pitch Friday afternoon and continues at 4 p.m. and 12 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The entire series will air on the Longhorn Network with Alex Loeb on the call and Amanda Scarborough as the analyst. This will only be Tech’s second road trip since the start of March as the Red Raiders are 2-2 this season in true road contests.
The Red Raiders return to Rocky Johnson Field next weekend to begin a three-game series with Oklahoma State. The series begins at 7 p.m. on April 11 at Rocky Johnson Field.
TEXAS all-time series
Texas Tech will look to break an eight-game losing streak to Texas in games played in Austin during Friday’s series opener. The Longhorns swept the Red Raiders last year in Lubbock to improve to 30-6 all-time against Tech. The Red Raiders are just 2-12 in games played in the state capital as Tech has not won in Austin since pulling off a 5-4 victory on March 27, 2008. Tech has only won the series once previously against Texas which came in 2000 when the two schools split the two regular season contests and then the Red Raiders took an 8-4 victory in the Big 12 Tournament. Big 12 series did not move to three games until the 2012 season.
For most of Texas Tech’s young roster, this will be their first Big 12 road trip. The Red Raiders enter this weekend’s series with only three players who were in the Tech dugout the last time Tech made the trip to the state capital - seniors Brittany Talley and Taylor Powell and junior Cara Custer. The three players were the only current Red Raider regulars on the roster when Tech last topped Texas on the softball diamond which came on April 11, 2012, with a 5-2 victory in Lubbock. Custer tossed a complete-game gem in the victory, allowing Texas to just four hits while striking out four en route  to her team-leading 19th victory of the season.
emanuel already NEARING TECH stolen base record
Sydni Emanuel could possibly break the Texas Tech single-season stolen base record early in Big 12 play as the Texas Tech freshman has totaled a conference-leading 29 heading into this weekend’s series in Austin. Emanuel, who missed the entire Texas State series, is five stolen bases shy of Ashley Parker’s school from the 2006 season. The Missouri City, Texas native already ranks second in school history with as she is one of just three Red Raiders all-time to total 20 stolen bases in season, joining both Parker and Sandy Butler. Emanuel is the Big 12 leader in the category and ranks ninth nationally in stolen bases per game entering this week.
Prior to this season, Texas Tech head coach said his team would be different than years past as the Red Raiders would have speed across the diamond. Through 39 games, his preseason statement could not be more true as the Red Raiders are closing on both the Tech single-season record for stolen bases and triples. Backed by a Big 12-leading 39 stolen bases from freshman Sydni Emanuel, Tech needs just nine more stolen bases as a team to match the school record of 81 from the 2001 season. Emanuel is five stolen bases from tying the individual record herself which was set by Ashley Parker in 2006. Eight different Red Raiders, meanwhile, have recorded a triple this year, giving Tech 16 already this year which is one shy of the school record from 1997. The Red Raiders lead the Big 12 in both categories this season and rank among the top-20 teams nationally in both categories as well.

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