Softball: Raycroft posts 9th career no-hitter; tabbed SCAC Pitcher of the Week

SEGUIN, TexasTexas Lutheran senior right-hander Maitlin Raycroft (Spring/Klein) tossed her ninth no-hitter in 24 career starts with the Bulldogs to lead TLU to a doubleheader sweep of Huston-Tillotson Saturday afternoon and was tabbed the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week.

TLU won the first game 7-0 behind Raycroft’s pitching dominance. Raycroft (1-0) struck out 16 and walked just one.

In game two, TLU received another shutout pitching performance – this one from junior Kassie Maddox (Midland/Greenwood). In the 5-0 win, Maddox allowed just four hits and struck out four. She did not walk a batter.

TLU improved to 2-0 overall. HTU fell to 2-2.

Raycroft hurled eight no-hitters a year ago and was an NFCA All-American and a national player of the year finalist. This year, she is a preseason All-American and once again on the NFCA Player of the Year watch list.

Maddox helped Raycroft’s cause in the first game with a two-run home run in the Bulldogs’ six-run fifth inning.

Maddox, starting at third base in the opener, went 3-for-4 with a run and three RBI.

Kyla Lockley (Wharton/Boling) also had three hits iin the first game. McKay Bloxham (Katy/Katy) doubled and had a pair of steals.

In game two, Bloxham and Kelly Jurden (Brenham/Brenham) each had three steals, a run scored and an RBI. Cassie Roche (Corpus Christi/Gregory-Portland) had two hits and a run scored.

TLU has some time off the playing field before heading west to the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Tucson, Ariz. TLU will play six games in Tucson from March 2-4. Among the teams TLU will face are No. 1-ranked and defending national champion Virginia Wesleyan and No. 2-ranked and national runner-up St. John Fisher.

SOURCE: Texas Lutheran Athletics Press Release


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