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LUBBOCK, Texas (April 14, 2013) – No. 5 NAIA Lubbock Christian University Chaparrals will take the field to face NCAA Div.I Texas Tech University for the first time since 2009 with first pitch at 6:30 p.m. at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Texas Tech (17-18, 4-8) has spent some time on the road playing 12-of-16 of their prior games on the road, and most recently a five-game road trip. Tech will finish the regular season playing 14-of-21 games at home, including three of its final four Big 12 Conference series. Tech is looking to snap a five-game losing streak after being swept at Kansas State last weekend and dropping its midweek game at Dallas Baptist (10-9). Despite a sub-.500 record, the Red Raiders are 12-4 at home this season.
The Chaps are 31-13 overall and 12-8 in conference play. LCU returns to Lubbock after being swept in a four-game Sooner Athletic Conference series at Oklahoma City University this weekend. LCU has lost eight of their 13 games by one run this season. The Chaps lead the NAIA with 51 home runs on the season (NAIA leading pace of 1.2 per game). Brett Kauten leads the NAIA with 13 home runs this season, while Wigberto Nevarez and Joel Lutz are ranked seventh in the NAIA with 10 home runs on the season. They also lead the NAIA in eight different statistical categories. Christian Vazquez is ranked second in the NAIA with a team leading 71 hits and Joel Lutz leads the Chaps with 45 runs-batted-in.
Sunday night's meeting marks the 36th all-time meeting between the Chaps and Red Raiders, with LCU holding a 19-16 series advantage. The programs have only met twice since 1993, with the previous meeting resulting in a 4-3 Tech win on Mar. 23, 2009. The prior meeting was the first meeting between the two programs in which legendary Texas Tech and LCU former head coach Larry Hays was not involved in a coaching role for either team. He was however part of the festivities of the game, as his No. 27 was retired. Ironically for LCU, the last time LCU played at Texas Tech followed a SAC series at Oklahoma City University and the Chaps also carried a No.5 NAIA ranking.