Texas junior Erica Wright (20) pitches against Houston at McCombs Field on April 2, 2017. (Stephen Spillman / for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

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Erica Wright to wrap up collegiate career at the end of Texas’ 2018 softball season

Posted March 9th, 2018


Texas softball player Erica Wright has joined the athletic department’s Class of 2018.

Texas announced on Friday that Wright will leave softball behind at the end of this season. As a redshirt junior, Wright was eligible to play in 2019.

Instead of playing softball, Wright will pursue internship opportunities after she graduates this spring. The Applied Movement Science major holds a 3.89 GPA and was a recent recipient of the Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award, which is the Big 12’s highest academic honor. Wright plans on eventually applying to graduate school to become a physician’s assistant.


“This has been a really difficult decision for me,” Wright said in a statement. “Playing softball at Texas has been a dream come true, and I wanted to make this decision now so that I could fully enjoy the rest of what I now consider to be my senior season alongside my senior teammates.”

Wright has compiled a 28-18 record, 301 strikeouts and nine shutouts since she was recruited out of Huntington. Wright missed the Longhorns’ 2016 campaign with a rib injury. This year, she is 2-2 with a 3.86 ERA in seven appearances.

Wright will join seniors Paige von Sprecken and Kristen Clark among UT’s departing pitchers. Left-hander Brooke Bolinger will be a senior next year. Chloe Romero and Ariana Adams have also seen some playing time during their freshman years.

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