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Wildcat softball using Texas Tech game as tune-up for first-place Southland duel

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ABILENE, TX - A big week for ACU Athletics gets started Wednesday night, as the Southland Conference softball co-leading Wildcats head up to Lubbock in a third meeting with Texas Tech.

The Red Raiders 2-0 against ACU after pulling one out at Polly Wells field in Abilene by a score of 2-1 last month.

But ACU has come a long way since, vaulting to 11-1 in Southland play, tied atop with Nicholls State, the same team they'll face in a big series at home starting Friday night.

"With the pressure that is happening because of how well we're doing -- we do have a target on our back," said junior shortstop Peyton Hedrick. "So we have to be able to push that off and be able to just do our part and win ballgames and take it one game at a time."

After beginning the year ranked to finish second, ACU is now in the driver's seat to take the next step in a first place tie-breaking series with Nicholls, and that journey starts Wednesday.

That's because -- like ACU has done against Baylor -- non-conference tests with the Big 12 are important in getting ready for conference duels.

"You know, Tech and Baylor both have a lot of great athletes and it prepares us to see real good pitching before Nicholls comes in," said head coach Bobby Reeves. "It also prepares us to see good hitters and great defense."

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