No. 5 Softball Hosts Texas Tech in Final Big 12 Home Series

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COLLEGE STATION -- The 5th-ranked Texas A&M softball team returns to action this weekend with its last Big 12 home series against the Texas Tech Red Raiders. First pitch for Saturday’s game is slated for 1 p.m. at the Aggie Softball Complex.

“Texas Tech had a great preseason, although they have struggled a bit in conference play,” A&M head coach Jo Evans said. “They are a well-coached team and always very well prepared. It should be a great weekend for Aggie softball.”

The Red Raiders carry an 18-25, 1-11 Big 12 record into this weekend’s match-up. Tech fell in both games of their Thursday doubleheader against No. 18 Texas, in Austin (11-1, 6-1). Senior centerfielder Ashley Parker was 4-for-7 on the day, scoring one of Tech’s two runs.

The Aggies improved to 38-7, 11-4 in conference after defeating the Longhorns at home on Wednesday. A&M grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the bottom half of the first inning and tacked on a run in both the third and fifth innings to claim a 3-0 victory over Texas, splitting the regular season series.

Junior Megan Gibson was 2-for-3 with two runs scored while junior Amanda Scarborough went 2-for-2 with an RBI. Gibson has a team-leading .408 batting average on the season. Scarborough currently boasts a 0.93 ERA after tossing her seventh shutout of the season and holding the Longhorns to just three hits.

The Aggies hold a 17-10 all-time series advantage over the Red Raiders, having split last year’s series at Rocky Johnson Field in Lubbock.

Prior to the start of Saturday’s game, A&M will honor the softball alumni from the ‘82, ‘83 and ‘87 national championship teams as well recognize other alumni from past squads.

Texas A&M will close out its two-game series with Texas Tech at 12 p.m. on Sunday. The game is a designated “Maroon Out” game; anyone wearing maroon will be admitted for free. Immediately following the game, there will be an on-field presentation of the 2007 senior softball class.

“We look forward to recognizing and honoring our softball alumni and the championship teams of the 80's, and also honoring our seniors on Sunday. It should be a great way to wrap up the home portion of our regular season.”