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Cara Custer
Cara Custer

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Tacoma, Wash.

High School:
Spanaway Lake

Height:
5-8

Position:
RHP

Experience:
3L

B/T:
R/R


10/01/2014

Red Raider Softball Hosts First Practice Under Gregory

Texas Tech goes through first practice of the fall Wednesday afternoon at Rocky Johnson Field

05/08/2014

Texas Tech Boasts Seven on Academic All-Big 12 Teams

Samantha Camello and Taylor Powell among five Big 12 athletes nominated with 4.0 GPAs

05/04/2014

No. 12 Oklahoma Completes Sweep of Texas Tech

Red Raiders will now await the NCAA Selection Show which airs next Sunday on ESPN2

05/03/2014

No. 12 Oklahoma Powers Past Texas Tech, Clinches Series

Red Raiders will look to salvage the series at 12 p.m. Sunday afternoon

04/18/2014

Red Raiders Clinch Series in Extra-Inning Thriller Over Kansas

Texas Tech scores five runs in the ninth Friday to top Kansas, 9-7, and clinch the series

04/05/2014

SB: Tech Wins 6-5 at Texas

SB: Tech Wins 6-5 at Texas

04/11/2013

Softball Prepares to Host No. 1 Oklahoma

03/11/2013

Troy Falls To Texas Tech, 15-0

Troy Falls To Texas Tech, 15-0

03/02/2013

McNeese State, Jackson State Shock Texas Tech

02/28/2013

Texas Tech TV All-Access: Shanon Hays

Take a behind-the-scenes look at Texas Tech Softball with Shanon Hays

03/24/2014

Texas Tech vs. Sam Houston State (March 1)

Texas Tech vs. Sam Houston State (March 1)

03/24/2014

Texas Tech vs. Texas State

Texas Tech vs. Texas State

03/03/2014

Texas Tech vs. Rhode Island

Texas Tech vs. Rhode Island

01/27/2014

2014 Texas Tech Softball Headshots

2014 Texas Tech Softball Headshots

01/27/2014

Texas Tech vs. West Texas A&M

Texas Tech vs. West Texas A&M

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SOPHOMORE SEASON (2013)
Remained Texas Tech's go-to pitcher in the circle as a sophomore ... had the most starts (29) and appearances (41) of any pitcher ... her 41 appearances were tied for fifth-most in single-season school history ... 29 starts ranked tied for eighth ... finished 14-16 overall with a 3.10 earned-run average ... now has 39 career victories over two seasons, which already ranks fourth all-time at Tech ... her 39 career victories are the most by a Red Raider over the first two seasons since Amanda Renfro had 44 from 1998-99 ... 11 of her 16 losses on the year came when Tech scored three or less runs ... tossed 174.0 innings on the season, ninth-most in school history ... recorded a career-high seven complete games, one of which that was a shutout ... now ranks sixth all-time with 25 career complete games ... was near a 2-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio after striking out 124 hitters while walking 64 ... best performance of the season came on Feb. 23 with a one-hit shutout of UT Arlington ... only hit came off a two-out single in the first inning ... UTA reached second base just once thanks to a fifth-inning fielding error ... marked the best seven inning, complete-game performance of her career ... win improved her to 3-1 on the season ... previously recorded complete-game victories over UNLV (Feb. 9) and Texas State (Feb. 22) ... wrapped the Texas Challenge with her third complete game victory, this time over Sam Houston State on Feb. 24 ... surrendered no earned runs off seven hits ... came close to another complete game victory in her next outing, going 6.2 innings in a March 1 win over McNeese State ... did not surrender an earned run in the 3-2 victory ... performance concluded a stretch of 35.2 innings where she did not allow an earned run ... recorded 11 of her 14 victories during the non-conference slate ... matched her career at the time with nine strikeouts March 10 against UMKC ... held the `Roos to one earned run off three hits in a five inning run-rule victory ... marked eighth victory of the season ... also recorded wins over Troy (March 11), Fairfield, (March 13), and Boise State (March 23) ... ended the season ranked sixth in the Big 12 for wins, fifth for innings pitched, ninth for strikeouts, tied for fourth for appearances and fifth for games started ... IN BIG 12 PLAY ... made the majority of Tech's starts once league action began ... appeared in all 18 games while making 11 starts ... finished with a team-high 64.2 innings pitched which included one complete game ... ended conference play with a 3-11 record and a team-leading 3.68 ERA ... recorded 40 strikeouts while walking 30 hitters ... held opponents to a team-leading .260 batting average ... seven of her losses in conference play came when Tech scored three or less runs ... picked up wins at Oklahoma State (March 28), at Iowa State (April 20), and at Baylor (May 4) ... best performance came in the Big 12 opener at Oklahoma State ... went five innings, limiting the Cowgirls to two hits en route to a 10-0 run-rule victory ... snapped her career high with 12 strikeouts in the series opener at Iowa State ... came on in relief in the second game against the Cyclones to pitch six innings, giving up just one earned run off five hits ... also made her first-ever appearance at the plate that day against Iowa State ... drew a walk and ended up scoring later in the inning ... ended the year by tossing 5.1 innings of relief against Baylor, allowing no runs off just two hits ... AWARDS AND HONORS ... named to the Academic All-Big 12 second team.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2012)
Recorded the best season for a freshman pitcher in school history ... compiled a 25-11 record, marking the most wins for a Tech freshman pitcher ... win total also ranked second in Tech single-season history as well behind only Amanda Renfro ... only the second pitcher in school history to reach the 20-win mark ... ranked fourth in the Big 12 for victories behind All-American selections Keilani Ricketts (Oklahoma), Chelsea Thomas (Missouri), and Mel Dumezich (Texas A&M) ... her .694 win percentage was the highest in school history for pitchers with at least 25 decisions ... also had a team-high three saves, one shy of the school single-season record ... finished in the top 10 in nearly every pitching single-season category in the school record book ... appeared in 43 total games while making 34 starts in the circle ... ranked fourth and fifth all-time in the two categories ... moved into the top 10 in the career record book as well for appearances and games started ... tossed 210.1 total innings, fifth-most in program history behind only Renfro's totals from the 1998-2001 seasons ... only the third Tech player to reach 200 innings in a season, joining Renfro and Ashly Jacobs ... compiled a 2.33 earned-run average, second-lowest on the team behind Brittany Talley ... was the lowest ERA for a Tech freshman since Renfro's 1.25 average from 1998 ... marked the 10th-lowest ERA in school history as well ... totaled 18 complete games with five being shutouts ... was the most complete games by a Tech pitcher since Renfro in 2001 ... total finished seventh in single-season school history as well ... her five shutouts tied for fifth all-time as well ... held opponents to a .224 average ... was a true ground ball pitcher as majority of outs came in the infield ... posted 156 strikeouts, fifth-most in school history behind only Renfro's totals from 1998-2001 ... struggled with control early in the year before finding her groove midway through non-conference play ... picked up the win in the season opener against San Diego State ... marked the second-straight year a Tech freshman picked up the win in the season opener ... was 0-for-3 in her next three appearances during the Kajikawa Classic ... earned the win in six-straight appearances, beginning with the Feb. 17 contest against Ohio State ... tossed a season-high eight innings against North Texas on Feb. 24, holding the Mean Green to just four hits in the shutout ... threw another shutout just a week later against UT Arlington (March 2) ... recorded her first collegiate no-hitter March 16 at Seton Hall ... struck out a season-high nine Pirates in the five-inning gem ... was the eighth no-hitter in school history and the first since Kermitria Ward on March 13, 2011 ... marked only the third no-hitter from a freshman in school history ... named the top pitcher of the Seton Hall Classic ... IN BIG 12 PLAY ... appeared in 20 of 23 games while making 15 starts ... went 10-7 in league contests with a 2.86 ERA ... tossed seven complete games ... accounted for 98.0 total innings, over 40 more than any other Tech pitcher ... held Texas to just two runs, one of which was earned in the March 7 loss at Austin ... recovered to throw a similar line when the Red Raiders defeated UT April 11 in Lubbock ... matched her season high from earlier in the year by going 8.0 innings in an extra-inning victory over Iowa State on April 1 ... went 5.2 innings in next contest at Oklahoma where she gave up just one run off seven hits in a no-decision ... held Baylor to just one run off five hits in a complete-game victory in the series opener ... helped Tech win the series two days later despite up five runs (three earned) and 11 hits in a complete-game effort ... closed the regular season by picking up the win against Oklahoma State on May 7 ... only gave up one run off five hits in seven innings ... AT NCAA WASHINGTON REGIONAL ... appeared in the Maryland and Washington games, earning the start in both ... finished 0-1 with a 2.62 ERA ... lasted only one inning against the Terrapins before giving way to Brittany Talley ... came pack to pitch a complete game against Washington the next day ... gave up two runs off just three hits to the host Huskies ... only had two strikeouts over the course of the regional.

CAREER HIGHS
Innings Pitched - 9.2, at Oklahoma State, March 29, 2013
Runs Allowed - 7, twice, last vs. Northern Colorado, March 3, 2013
Earned Runs - 7, vs. Northern Colorado, March 3, 2013
Walks - 7, vs. Texas A&M, April 18, 2012
Strikeouts - 12, at Iowa State, April 19, 2013
Hits Allowed - 11, vs. Baylor, April 22, 2012
Home Runs Allowed - 2, four times, last vs. Oklahoma, April 13, 2013
Wild Pitches - 2, five times, last at Oklahoma State, March 30, 2013

SPANAWAY LAKE HIGH SCHOOL
One of the top pitchers on the west coast and state of Washington ... totaled a 17-7 record as a senior with an impressive 0.45 ERA ... averaged just over 11 strikeouts per seven innings ... named the Tacoma News Tribune's All-Area Fastpitch Player of the Year ... also hit .480 at the plate en route to leading squad to first state tournament appearance in school history ... was member of the News Tribune's All-Area team as a junior ... picked to the All-SPSL (South Puget Sound League) second team for the southern region as a sophomore ... picked to multiple all-district and all-state teams as well.

AMATEUR
Played for the highly-successful Washington LadyHawks travel team ... discovered by Tech at a tournament in Las Vegas ... immediately became a top recruit nationally.

PERSONAL
Born Aug. 13, 1993 to parents Casey and Patti Custer ... has an older brother, Bryce ... father is a Washington State alumnus ... chose Texas Tech over offers from several top programs nationally ... majoring in sociology.


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