LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech softball head coach Adrian Gregory added to her pitching staff on Wednesday, announcing Missy Zoch has signed an Athletic Scholarship Agreement (ASA) with Texas Tech.
A native of Winchester, Texas, Zoch will be immediately eligible to join the Red Raiders as a junior for the 2019 season. She played two seasons at DePaul from 2017-18 and was recognized as First Team All-BIG EAST both seasons.
"We are fired up that Missy Zoch is in our Red Raider family," Gregory said. "The minute she stepped on campus, I knew we had a chance at something special. Her collegiate pitching experience and maturity will add great depth to our battery. She will play an integral part to an already extremely talented 2019 roster. August cannot come soon enough!"
Zoch appeared in 59 games over two years at DePaul, making 44 starts with 30 complete games. She tallied a 30-15 record over that time, including a 16-6 mark last season, with seven shutouts and eight saves in her career. In 2018, she posted a 2.11 ERA that ranked tops in the BIG EAST, allowing just 42 earned runs in 139.2 innings of work.
With 139 strikeouts in her sophomore season, Zoch ranked fourth in the BIG EAST with 7.0 strikeouts per game. She heads to Tech with 299 career strikeouts and 107 career walks for an impressive 2.79 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
While in Chicago, Zoch helped the Blue Demons win back-to-back BIG EAST tournament titles, picking up the win in the championship game both years. She allowed just five hits while striking out five over four innings in a 6-2 win over Creighton to win the 2018 crown, after recording eight strikeouts in the 2017 championship game against St. John's.
Zoch earned three letters at La Grange High School, where she was a highly coveted prospect after compiling a 90-4 career pitching record with a 0.69 ERA and 763 career strikeouts. La Grange took home the 3A state championship in 2014 and the 4A state title in 2016, while running undefeated through district play all three seasons.
Zoch is the ninth addition to the roster heading into the 2018-19 academic year. She joins incoming freshman Brooke Blackwell (Grandview, TX) and Morgan Hornback (Oregon City, OR) to complete a trio of new arms in the circle for the Red Raiders.
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