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Nevada softball ace Kendall Fritz transferring to Texas Tech

Kendall Fritz
Kendall Fritz is transferring from Nevada to Texas Tech. (Nevada athletics)

Kendall Fritz, the ace of the Nevada softball team the last three seasons, will transfer to Texas Tech, she announced in a social media post.

The 5-foot-9 right-hander from Frisco, Texas has two years of eligibility remaining and is the second star pitcher to leave Nevada for a Big 12 team in the state of the Texas in recent years, joining Brooke Bolinger, who transferred from Nevada to Texas prior to the 2017 season.

"It’s official!" Fritz tweeted with a photo of her at Texas Tech. "So excited to announce I will be continuing my education and softball career at Texas Tech University! So blessed with this opportunity and can’t wait to get to work in Lubbock!"

In three years at Nevada, Fritz went 30-21 with five saves and a 3.28 ERA. Fritz appeared in 73 games, including 59 starts, and struck out 311 batters in 371 innings. In 2021, Fritz went 11-6 with a team-best 3.12 ERA and earned second-team All-Mountain West honors. She also was named to the all-conference team in 2020 when she went 8-5 with a 2.56 ERA as a sophomore.

Fritz's departure comes after head coach Josh Taylor left for Louisiana Tech last month. Taylor recruited Fritz to Nevada. The Wolf Pack hired former Fresno State coach Linda Garza last Friday to replace Taylor.

Garza must rebuild a Wolf Pack staff that is losing two of its three pitchers this offseason. Reed High alum Julia Jensen (3-3, 5.29 ERA) opted not to use her additional senior season of eligibility granted by the NCAA due to COVID-19's impact on the 2020 campaign. Jensen, the Wolf Pack's female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, recently graduated with a bachelor's degree in neuroscience and has been accepted at Colorado-Boulder where she will work on a master's degree in epidemiology.

Those departures leave just one main pitcher from Nevada's 2021 staff, that being sophomore Blake Craft, who went 10-7 with a 3.57 ERA last season. Craft struck out 46 batters in 88.1 innings last season. As a freshman, she went 2-8 with a 3.32 ERA.

Fritz will join a Texas Tech team that went 21-26 last season, including 3-15 in the Big 12, under first-year coach Sami Ward. The Red Raiders went 17-9 the year before that and 42-16 the year before that under Adrian Gregory, who resigned following a school investigation into her program.

Texas Tech's campus is in Lubbock, Texas, which is 330 miles west of Fritz's hometown of Frisco.

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