LUBBOCK, Texas – After a perfect 5-0 start to its season, the Texas Tech softball team entered the top 25 polls Tuesday, appearing at No. 24 in the NFCA/USA Today poll and No. 21 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball rankings.
The No. 21 ranking in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll is the highest for any Tech team in school history. The Red Raiders had not been previously ranked since the 1999 season when Tech finished the season as the 24th-ranked team in the nation. Tech was picked as high as No. 23 twice in 1998 as well.
Tech received votes in both polls five different weeks last season as the Red Raiders earned their first NCAA Regional bid since the 1999 season.
The Red Raiders were the only team among 27 schools at the Arizona State Kajikawa Tournament last weekend to finish undefeated, topping 16th-ranked BYU and No. 12 Cal in the process. Tech also defeated Bradley, Indiana, and Appalachian State last weekend, with the final game against the Mountaineers ending on a walkoff home run by Emily Bledsoe.
Tech returns to the diamond this weekend for the start of a 25-game home stand with the Texas Tech Invitational. The Red Raiders will face Utah Valley State and Bryant in three-day round robin format that begins Friday at Rocky Johnson Field.