Custer Tosses Another Gem to Pace Texas Tech Past UTA
Cara Custer tossed a one-hit shutout of UT Arlington Saturday afternoon.
Feb. 23, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - Cara Custer tossed a one-hit shutout of UT Arlington Saturday afternoon and Katelyn Williams and Sydnie Tapia provided just enough offense for Texas Tech to score a 2-0 victory at Bobcat Stadium.
"It was a great outing by Cara and one that we expect out of her," Tech head coach Shanon Hays said. "We challenged our team to play well today and I was proud of our effort. We didn't hit the ball exactly like I wanted, so hopefully we can get something going later this evening."
Custer allowed only a two-out single to Nina Villaneva in the first before retiring the next 19 of 20 hitters. She worked quickly throughout the game, too, with just 75 pitches in seven full innings.
UTA (5-4) was able to reach second just once against the right-hander as Teri Lyles made it to first off a Tech infield error to lead off the fifth before eventually sliding over to second on a sacrifice bunt.
The performance marked the second-straight strong outing for Custer (3-1), who tossed a four-hit complete game Friday afternoon against Texas State. It was the sixth career shutout already for Custer, whose best seven inning, complete-game performance previously was a three-hit showing against Washington in last season's NCAA Regional.
The Red Raiders (9-4), though, struggled to produce runs of their own early until Williams drove a one-out single up the middle in the fourth to score pinch runner Marisa Malazzo from third. Malazzo was running for Sandy James after she doubled to right center to start the inning.
James and Williams combined for Tech's other run in the sixth as they walked and singled to start the frame before Tapia drove a liner up the middle to plate pinch runner Brooke Scott from second.
Williams finished with two of only five hits surrendered from UTA starter Lyles (4-1), who picked up her first loss of the year. Lyles also struck out five and walked three in the complete game effort.
The Red Raiders conclude the second day of the Texas Shootout later this evening as Tech will face Sam Houston State in a scheduled 5:30 p.m. first pitch.