Texas Tech Softball Takes to Road to Challenge No. 15 Lady Bears
The Texas Tech softball team resumes Big 12 Conference play Thursday evening when the Red Raiders open a three-game series with No. 15 Baylor at Getterman Stadium in Waco.
Texas Tech will be looking for its first series victory over Baylor since the 2012 season this weekend as the Red Raiders enter the weekend having lost five of their past six games against the Lady Bears.
Baylor swept the series against Tech a year ago, improving to 34-12 all-time against the Red Raiders which includes a 13-6 advantage in games played in Waco.
Baylor has won each of the past two series, taking two-of-three from Tech during the 2013 series in Waco before posting a series sweep a year ago in Lubbock.
Tech was swept by No.6 Oklahoma in the Big 12 opening series in Lubbock last weekend. Despite dropping all three games in the Oklahoma series, Texas Tech managed to score 12 runs on a Sooner pitching staff that previously led the conference in ERA. Baylor now leads the Big 12 with a 2.22 team ERA.
The Red Raiders enter the Baylor series with six position starters hitting .300 or better this year, led by Jordan Bettiol, who has totaled a .407 clip to this point that ranks among the Big 12 leaders.
Kierra Miles has led all Red Raiders over the past 12 games as the sophomore is hitting .526 (20-for-38) with four home runs and 14 RBI during that time. She has posted team highs with seven multiple-hit games and five multiple-RBI performances during that stretch.
Texas Tech currently boasts one of the most balanced offenses in the Big 12 as the Red Raiders ranked second for home runs (36) and stolen bases (70), third for runs scored (216) and RBI (200) and then fourth with a .319 team batting average. Miles has 13 career home runs just outside the top 10 on the Tech all-time list. Cydney Allen (2011-12) and current teammate Lea Hop-son are tied for 10th on that list with 16 dingers a piece.
In the pitching circle, senior, Cara Custer, will look to repeat the success she's had previously against Baylor this weekend as the senior is 3-3 all-time against the Lady Bears with a 3.33 ERA over 27.1 innings during her career.
The entire series will air live on FOX Sports Southwest Plus, beginning with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch on both Thursday and Friday evenings. The series concludes with a 12 p.m. start on Sunday afternoon.