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Ex-Spanish Springs star Tyra Clary transferring back home to pitch for Nevada

Tyra Clary
Tyra Clary is transferring to Nevada after one season at San Diego. (USD Athletics)

Tyra Clary, a former star pitcher for Spanish Springs High, is returning home to pitch for the Nevada Wolf Pack.

Clary played for San Diego last season, her freshman campaign, but has pledged to new Nevada softball coach Linda Garza, her father, Brian, told Nevada Sports Net on Friday.

Clary is one of the most accomplished high school pitchers in Northern Nevada history. She was a MaxPreps High School All-American in 2018 and a three-time area pitcher of the year from 2017-19. She earned all-state honors in each of those seasons. She was the MVP of the High Desert League in 2019 and won back-to-back Northern 5A championships in 2018 and 2019, including a state title in 2018, during which she pitched with a broken hand.

From 2016-19, Clary went 60-12 with a 1.71 ERA. She struck out 442 batters in 430.2 innings. Her senior season in 2020 was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic cancelling the spring high school season. Her best year came as a sophomore when she went 27-1 with a 1.27 ERA and won a state title with Spanish Springs, which went 33-3. A two-way player, Clary also hit .404 with a .970 OPS in 92 games. Clary ranks tied for 10th in Nevada large-class history in career wins (61), tied for fourth in consecutive shutout innings (34) and fifth in career shutouts (25). Her 21 wins in 2018 are the fifth most in a season for a large-class player, with Clary tossing three no-hitters that year.

As a freshman at San Diego in 2021, Clary made four appearances and pitched 4.1 innings. She posted a 3.23 ERA and allowed five hits and a walk with two strikeouts. The Toreros went 13-29 overall and 5-10 in conference.

A 5-foot-8 right-hander, Clary will bolster a Wolf Pack pitching staff that lost two-thirds of its cast this offseason with ace Kendall Fritz transferring to Texas Tech and Julia Jensen opting against using a second senior season so she can start graduate school at the University of Colorado. Blake Craft (12-15, 3.48 ERA in 34 games) and Jana Pope (0-0, 8.75 ERA in five games) are the pitchers currently listed on Nevada's 2022 roster.

Clary will pitch for Garza, who was hired as Nevada's head coach last month, replacing Josh Taylor, who left for the head job at Louisiana Tech.

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