LUBBOCK, Texas – After 11 home games, the No. 10/13 Texas Tech softball team (24-1) will wrap up tournament play with four games this weekend at the Tiger Classic, hosted by the Memphis Tigers on March 15-17 in Memphis, Tenn.
The Red Raiders begin the tournament with a two games on Friday, March 15, against North Alabama (9 a.m.) and Murray State (11:15 a.m.) at Tiger Softball Complex. Tech will face host Memphis in a 3:45 p.m. contest on Saturday, March 16, and will conclude tournament action on Sunday at 11:15 a.m. against Maine. Live stats will be available for all four games.
RED RAIDER QUICK HITS
Moving up the ladder for the fourth straight week, the Texas Tech softball team (24-1) broke into the top-10 for the first time in program history with a No. 10 ranking in the ESPN.com./USA Softball Top-25 Poll. The Red Raiders were also recognized as No. 13 in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Top-25 Poll on Tuesday, March 12. The Red Raiders also ranked No. 11 in Softball America's Top-25 Poll, which is in its first year of existence.
The Red Raiders lead the Big 12 for the fifth consecutive week and rank second in the nation with a .960 winning percentage. Tech is one of two teams to have suffered just one loss this season.
Four Red Raiders rank in the league's top-10 batting average. Jessica Hartwell ranks second (.437), Karli Hamilton sits third (.343), Zoe Jones ranks fourth (.431) and Trenity Edwards sits seventh (.397).
Riding an 11-game win streak into the weekend, the Red Raiders have posted double-digit hits in their last five games and run-ruled their opponents in six out of seven games last week.
Junior Karli Hamilton played a huge role in Tech's offensive efforts and was rewarded with her second Big 12 Player of the Week award this season. Hamilton now ties for first in the NCAA with six triples on the season. The Houston native led the league last week with four home runs, 15 RBI, 30 total bases and became Tech's all-time leader in triples after hitting three in seven games. After the week, Hamilton ties for 10th overall in the Big 12 record books with 11 career triples in her three seasons as a Red Raider. She finished the week with five putouts and now leads the league with six triples, 30 runs scored and 62 total bases while ranking in the top-five in hits (36), steals (9) and RBI (21).
The Red Raiders lead the Big 12 Conference and sit fourth in the nation with a .363 batting average. Tech leads the league with 187 runs (which ranks sixth in the nation), 236 hits, 164 RBI, 42 stolen bases and a .448 on-base percentage.
Finishing the week with a perfect 2-0 record and one save, junior Missy Zoch racked up 17 strikeouts in 13.1 innings pitched. On Sunday, she collected a season-high 11 strikeouts against Gardner-Webb and limited the Runnin' Bulldogs to just three hits in 5.1 innings. Zoch ranks third in the league with a 1.29 ERA.
Powering a solo homer against Northern Colorado last week, senior All-American Jessica Hart-well tied the school record with 45 career home runs. Hartwell launched a single-season record 20 home runs in 2018 and has sent six hits out of the park this season. She is just four RBI away from claiming the school record (149 by Mikey Kenney in 2010-13) and now ranks third overall with 144 runs scored.
Four Red Raiders rank in the league's top-10 hits category – Hamilton leads Tech and ranks second in the Big 12 with 36 hits, Heaven Burton and Jessica Hartwell follow in third with 31 hits and Zoe Jones ties for ninth overall with 25 hits this season.
Making an immediate impact on the Red Raider lineup, sophomore transfer Trenity Edwards leads the league with eight home runs and a .862 slugging percentage this season.
Suffering just one loss to No. 5 Washington this season, the Red Raiders have not been shutout during their 2019 campaign. Tech dropped its only game in a narrow, 4-1 decision at the prestigious Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic on Feb. 24, 2019.
Continuing her success in the circle, Erin Edmoundson leads the Big 12 in several pitching categories. She claims the No. 1 spot with 83 strikeouts and is the only pitcher in the league to boast double-digit wins. Edmoundson carries a 12-1 overall record into the weekend and has thrown 73.1 innings this season.
Friday's game against North Alabama is slated for 9 a.m. and the Red Raiders will face Murray State immediately after at 11:15 a.m. First pitch against host Memphis is scheduled for 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, and Tech will conclude the tournament with an 11:15 a.m. game against Maine on Sunday. Live stats will be available for all four games. For all the latest information on the Texas Tech softball team, visit TexasTech.com or follow @TexasTechSB on Twitter and Instagram.