LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech softball coach Shanon Hays announced the program’s 2014 schedule Monday which features 24 games at Rocky Johnson Field this spring including a pair of home tournaments.
The Red Raiders, coming off their fourth straight 30-win season a year ago, will take part in seven non-conference tournaments before hosting three Big 12 series with Baylor, Oklahoma State and Iowa State.
“We feel this schedule will prepare our young team for Big 12 play,” said Hays, who enters his fifth season in the Tech dugout. “This will be a challenging schedule with several good teams in non-conference and then we make trips to Texas and Oklahoma, who were the top two teams in our league last year. We’re excited for February to get here so we can get started.”
Tech opens the 2014 season on Feb. 6 at the Lion Classic hosted by Southeastern Louisiana. Tech will face the host Lions on opening night before battling Akron, Nicholls State, Buffalo, UMKC and Texas Southern over the next three days.
Tech will be on the road for the first three weekends of the season with tournament trips also planned to New Mexico State for the Troy Cox Classic on Feb. 14-16 and the UTA Hilton Invitational on Feb. 21-23 hosted by UT Arlington. It will mark Tech’s first trip to the Arlington area since facing North Texas on March 17, 2008, in Denton.
The Red Raiders close the month of February with their first of two home tournaments, the Texas Tech Invitational. Tech will host Southern, Sam Houston State and Abilene Christian from Feb. 28-March 2 in the round-robin tournament.
The fourth-annual Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic will be held the next weekend as New Mexico State, UT Arlington, Abilene Christian and Northern Colorado will all arrive in Lubbock for the March 7-9 event. It is the second-straight year Northern Colorado and UTA have both participated in the tournament.
Tech will travel to Southern California for its final non-conference trip of the season with tournament appearances at Cal State Fullerton (March 14-15) and San Diego State (March 16-17). The four-day trip will possibly pit the Red Raiders against their toughest test prior to league play as Tech will face the likes of DePaul, UNLV, Long Beach State and Harvard along with the host Titans and Aztecs.
The Red Raiders will then begin an eight-game homestand to close out non-conference action, beginning with a March 19 doubleheader against North Texas. Tech will also host Texas State in a three-game series on March 21-23 before opening Big 12 play the following weekend against Baylor (March 28-30).
The Baylor series marks the sixth time in the last seven seasons where the Red Raiders have opened league play at home. It will be one of three home Big 12 series for the Red Raiders, who will also host Oklahoma State (April 11-13) and Iowa State (April 25-27).
Tech heads on the road to Texas on April 4-6 for its first of three conference road series. The Red Raiders will also travel to Kansas on April 17-19 before closing the regular season at defending national champion Oklahoma on May 2-4.
Tech fans can catch all 24 games at Rocky Johnson Field by purchasing the Olympic Sports Pass that are still on sale by calling 806-742-TECH or by going online at www.texastech.com.