Tech shuts out UT Arlington 2-0


Tech shuts out UT Arlington 2-0

By: Jillian Tapia
Staff Writer

Texas Tech's Cara Custer threw 75 pitches against UT Arlington for a 2-0 win. Photo courtesy of

SAN MARCOS, Texas –Texas Tech University’s softball team defeated UT Arlington’s team Saturday 2-0 after the shortstop failed to catch a ball, which allowed a Tech player to run home.

Tech batter and third baseman Sydnie Tapia hit a ball that flew past the left of the UTA shortstop.

The play brought substitute base runner Brooke Scott home, which was the final run for Tech.

UTA remained positive about their upcoming season despite their loss against Tech this weekend in the Texas Shootout tournament.

“Our pitching staff has done a great job, and if they can continue to do that I know that we will be in every game,” UTA head softball coach Kristie Fox said.

The game remained 0-0 until the bottom of the fourth inning.

Then Tech’s right fielder Katelyn Williams hit a ball to UTA pitcher Teri Lyles that brought home substitute runner Marisa Malazzo giving the game a score of 1-0.

UTA’s Lyles proved a tough and vital competitor for UTA’s defense against Tech, with her record currently 5-1 after this weekend’s tournament.

“I expect us to do really great and to come out and prove to these teams that we’re here to play,” Lyles said.

Tech’s pitching strategies helped the team win the game.

Tech pitcher Cara Custer threw a total of 75 pitches during the seven inning game.

Before the game this weekend Tech’s head softball coach Shanon Hays maintained a 4-0 record against UTA under his three seasons as coach.

“Every game is a new game. We will play well every game. It doesn’t impact me or the team,” Hays said.

UTA will host and play in their next tournament at the UT Arlington Classic starting play against Tulsa at 1 p.m.

Tech will play in their first home tournament, the Texas Tech Invitational, beginning on March 1 against Jackson State at 3:30 p.m.

Texas Tech softball head coach

Shanon Hays 806-928-5190

UT Arlington softball head coach

Kristie Fox

UT Arlington pitcher Teri Lyles