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Red Raider Softball Uses Powerful Bats to Sweep UTEP Tournament

The Texas Tech Softball team played six games over the weekend in the UTEP Tournament, sweeping the field and claiming the unofficial Tournament Title. The team is now 9-2 on the season and currently on an 8-game winning streak. Coach Snider and his staff have this team believing in one another and themselves as they launched a program record six home runs into orbit on Sunday morning. Here were some other highlights from the weekend:

Comeback Central

The Red Raiders were down in at some point in four of their six wins over the weekend. This team showed resolve and the ability to overcome and dominate teams even when things didn’t start their way.

Power Bats

This team showed some power over the weekend, hitting 17 home runs throughout the six-game tournament. Nine Red Raiders have hit a homer this season, with six of them hitting three or more. Coach Snider has power bats up and down the lineup.

Pitching Depth

This team is loaded at pitcher. Most teams will only use 4-5 pitchers in a season, Coach Snider used six pitchers over the weekend and could have used Makinzy Herzog (who was the Designated Player for most of this weekend) as well. There are some very young arms on this team, but knowing that as many as 6 pitchers could take the mound at any time is very reassuring.

Best Performances:

No. 17 Sage Hoover, Pitcher:

Hoover followed up her no-hitter from last weekend with more great performances this tournament. She appeared in four games and went 3-0. The sophomore pitcher also struck out 20 over the weekend. She has been a stud for this team and will continue to develop into one of the best pitchers in the Big 12.

No. 9 Kendall Fritz, Pitcher:

Fritz is the true ace on this pitching staff, appearing in five games over the weekend for Texas Tech and netting a 3-0 record and a save. The senior has been dominant this season and is one of the best pitchers in the Big 12 Conference.

No. 24 Makinzy Herzog, Designated Player:

Herzog has been the do-it-all player for Texas Tech so far this season. Over the weekend, she was the designated player and the leadoff hitter in the lineup. She finished with 8 RBI over the weekend and had two home runs in the win over Santa Clara on Sunday. A solid start for a player that was planning on retiring from the sport before Coach Snider got the job in Lubbock.

No. 12 Ellie Bailey, First Baseman:

Bailey has been clutch so far this season. She leads the team with 13 RBI and has started every game at first base. The senior also has three home runs and 61 putouts on the defensive end and a 98.4% fielding percentage. Bailey reached base in every single game over the weekend and knocked in 6 RBI.

The Texas Tech Softball team will next travel to the Mary Nutter Classic in Palm Springs, California.

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