Provided by Texas Tech Athletics
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – Texas Tech connected on four home runs and Cara Custer mowed down Seton Hall with her first career no-hitter as the Red Raiders took an 11-0 run-ruled victory Friday afternoon at Ivy Hill Park.
The no-hitter was the sixth in school history and the first since Kermitria Ward held Alcorn State hitless on March 13 last year. Custer becomes the third Tech freshman to throw a no-hitter, joining Ward and Brittany Talley, who also tossed one March 4 last year against Dayton.
Seton Hall (10-11) reached base only once during the game off a Cashell Gaffey walk to lead off the third inning. Custer (13-5) struck out nine of 16 batters faced, marking a season high.
The Red Raiders (23-7), meanwhile, kept the pressure on Seton Hall starter Brooke Tull from the beginning as Sandy James connected on her first of two home runs in the game during the first. Tech added three more dingers later during its nine-run third inning.
"We had good pitching in both games today and the bats really came alive against Seton Hall," Tech head coach Shanon Hays said. "I was proud of Cara (Custer) getting her first no-hitter and she really kept them off-balanced and attacked with an array of pitches. Then, our bats kind of got hot at the right time and we were able to put them away."
Tech's nine runs in the third marked its most in a single inning since scoring 10 in the eighth against North Texas on Feb. 26 in Waco.
Logan Hall opened the inning with a RBI double to left. She later scored off a RBI single up the middle from Raven Richardson. Cydney Allen also added a RBI single during the frame.
From there, Tech took advantage of the long ball as Mikey Kenney hit a three-run shot, her team-leading 10th dinger of the season. James connected on a two-run homer a few batters later and Adriana Perez immediately followed with a solo shot to center.
James homored twice in a game for the second time this season dating back to the season opener against San Diego State. She finished 3-for-3 in the game with a team-high four RBI.
Kenney and Perez also added multiple-hit games following 2-for-3 performances, while Richardson finished 2-for-2 with a walk.
Tull took the loss for the Pirates after giving up 11 runs, 10 of which were earned, over the first three innings. Daniello DeStaso pitched a scoreless fourth inning in relief.
The win was Tech's 12th-straight over a non-conference opponent and second of the day following an earlier 4-2 victory over Monmouth.
The Red Raiders return to action Saturday morning with an 8 a.m. (CT) first pitch against Manhattan. The event will then turn to a tournament format later in the afternoon with all four teams seeded over the final two games.
1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Seton Hall 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Texas Tech 2 0 9 0 X 11 13 0
WP – Custer (13-5) LP - Tull (2-3) SV – None