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Red Raiders Bolster Bullpen with a Pair of Transfers

Nevada transfer Kendall Fritz and Oklahoma transfer Olivia Rains will join the 2022 Red Raider roster.

(from Texas Tech Baseball)

LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech softball head coach Sami Ward has announced the signing of two-time All-Mountain West earner Kendall Fritz and 2021 national champion Olivia Rains to the 2022 Red Raider roster.

“We are so excited to have Kendall and Olivia in Lubbock with us,” said Ward. “We feel like we have made our program more competitive by adding these two talented pitchers and expect them both to help us immediately.”

“Kendall and Olivia’s experience and knowledge will help with developing our young staff,” said Texas Tech assistant coach Brittany Miller. “Their abilities complement each other and the other pitchers we already have in our bullpen. We are excited to get them on campus this fall.”

Kendall Fritz

RHP | Junior | Frisco, Texas | Nevada

Fritz returns to her home state after two complete seasons at Nevada where she was named Mountain West All-Conference performer in 2020 and 2021 after leading the Wolf Pack in innings pitched, wins and strikeouts. The Frisco native notched 115 strikeouts last season, fourth most in the Mountain West, and led the conference in saves with five, which tied for third most in the country. Fritz finished the 2021 season ranked in the top 10 in the conference in eight pitching categories. Over the past two and a half seasons Fritz has led Nevada in wins with a combined 30, strikeouts with 311, innings pitched with 371 and shutouts with 10 (seven solo and three combined). Fritz will join the Red Raiders as a junior with two seasons of athletic eligibility remaining.

Sami says:

“Kendall has a strong reputation for being a fierce competitor. She has a great deal of experience being the ace in her former staff. We are excited to add her and her mentality to our program.”

Olivia Rains

RHP | Sophomore | Pryor, Okla. | Oklahoma

Rains comes to Tech after helping Oklahoma to the 2021 National Championship title in her first full season with the Sooners. During her time in Norman, she tallied 29 total appearances with six starts and 56.1 innings of work. Rains helped combine for 12 of Oklahoma’s 23 shutouts, the most of any pitcher on the staff. She held her opponents to below .200 batting average in each of her seasons with a combined ERA of 2.24. Rains scattered just nine hits in the 2021 season. The Pryor, Oklahoma native will join the Red Raiders with three years of athletic eligibility remaining.

Sami says:

“Olivia is a national champion with WCWS playing experience. She has a great champion mindset. Her competitiveness and experience will help our young staff.”

Fritz and Rains provide valuable experience to a young Texas Tech bullpen which features three freshmen, two sophomores, two juniors and one senior.

The additions of Fritz and Rains marks five transfers signed by the Red Raiders thus far this offseason. They join a trio of LMU transfers who signed in June, Riley Ehlen, Molly Grumbo and Page Mindedahl.

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