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Red Raiders close regular season at No. 12 Oklahoma

Brooke Scott (Source: TTU Athletics) Brooke Scott (Source: TTU Athletics)

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LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech will look to add to its postseason resume this weekend when the Red Raiders close the regular season with a three-game series at No. 12 Oklahoma.

The Red Raiders are coming off wins in each of their last three Big 12 series and will be looking to solidify a top-four finish in the conference standings.

The series gets underway at 6:30 p.m. Friday evening at Marita Hynes Field in Norman and continues with 2 p.m. and 12 p.m. first pitches on Saturday and Sunday.

The series can be seen in its entirety as Friday and Saturday's games will air on FOX Sports Southwest Plus with the finale on FOX Sports Southwest.


Texas Tech will learn its postseason fate on Sun., May 11, during the NCAA Selection Show on ESPN2. The Red Raiders will be looking to advance to an NCAA Regional for the fourth time in the past five years and the sixth time in school history.


Texas Tech will look for its first series victory all-time over Oklahoma this weekend as the Red Raiders are 7-33 all-time against the Sooners, including a 4-16 mark in games played in Norman. Tech enters this weekend's series having dropped each of its last four contests against the Sooners after OU swept the series a year ago in Lubbock. The Red Raiders nearly came away with the series victory in their last trip to Norman in 2012 after picking up a 5-4 victory in the middle game. Oklahoma bounced back to take a 4-1 win in the finale, however. The 2013 series marks the only time the Red Raiders have been swept by OU under Shanon Hays as the fifth-year head coach is 3-8 all-time against the Sooners.


Texas Tech head coach Shanon Hays collected his 300th career victory last Sunday in the series finale against Iowa State. Hays, in his fifth year leading the Red Raiders, is an impressive 300-109 (.733 winning percentage) in his seven seasons leading both Texas Tech and crosstown Lubbock Christian University. The Lubbock native is already Texas Tech's all-time winningest coach as he is 186-93 (.667 winning percentage) during his tenure with the Red Raiders.


A series win over the Sooners would solidify a top-four finish for Texas Tech in the Big 12 standings. The Red Raiders, who are 8-7 in league play entering this weekend, can only be caught by Kansas as the Jayhawks have six conference games remaining, beginning this weekend with a three-game set at Texas. Kansas can only pass Tech in the league standings by winning its final six games of the season while hoping the Red Raiders are swept this weekend by Oklahoma. Oklahoma State, despite being fifth in the Big 12 standings entering this weekend, is unable to catch the Red Raiders as the Cowgirls have just two league games remaining against Oklahoma. Tech is looking to finish fourth or better in the Big 12 for the first time since 2001 when the Red Raiders ended the year 10-8 in conference play and third overall in the standings. That was the highest finish for a Tech team in program history.


Texas Tech heads into this weekend's action having won each of its last three Big 12 series over Oklahoma State, Kansas and Iowa State. It is the first time the Red Raiders have won three consecutive conference series since late in the 1998 season when Tech took two-game sets from Iowa State, Baylor and Texas A&M. The Red Raiders have never won four-straight Big 12 series in school history. Tech's series win at Kansas on April 17-19 marked the first time in program history the Red Raiders have swept a Big 12 opponent in three games on the road. The series sweep of the Jayhawks was only the second for the Red Raiders since the Big 12 turned to three-game sets in 2012 as Tech previously swept Iowa State in 2012 at Rocky Johnson Field.


• Texas Tech has won three-consecutive Big 12 series for the first time since late in the 1998 season.

• The Red Raiders swept Kansas on the road, marking the first time Tech has done so in a three-game conference series.

• Texas Tech has won of its last nine games entering this weekend's series at No. 12 Oklahoma.

• The Red Raiders have scored six or more runs in eight of their last nine games, averaging just over nine runs per game.

• Texas Tech is outscoring its opponents, 84-42, over its last nine games.

• Texas Tech clinched it series at Kansas with a 9-7 victory in nine innings, the first over a Big 12 foe in extra innings since topping Oklahoma, 7-6, in nine innings on April 25, 2010.

• Texas Tech had not previously defeated a Big 12 foe in extra innings at home or on the road since topping Iowa State, 5-3, on April 1, 2012, at Rocky Johnson Field.

• Texas Tech closed the Kansas series with a 1-0 victory for only its second three-game sweep of a Big 12 foe all-time.

• Texas Tech had not previously pulled off a 1-0 victory in a Big 12 road series since topping No. 24 Baylor on April 5, 2010.

• Texas Tech tossed its second-straight shutout victory with a 15-0 victory in the series opener against Iowa State.

• Texas Tech had not previously tossed back-to-back shutouts during Big 12 play since defeating both Texas A&M and Oklahoma State by 1-0 scores on May 11, 2001, during the Big 12 Conference Tournament.

• Texas Tech opened the Iowa State series with 15-0 win, its largest margin of victory over a Big 12 foe in program history.

• Texas Tech closed the Iowa State series with 32 total runs, its most in a three-game Big 12 series in school history.

• Texas Tech connected on eight home runs during the Iowa State series, its most ever in a three-game Big 12 series.

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