Nov. 8, 2015
By Brooke Ortale | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas -- UT Arlington Softball kicked off Homecoming with a bang on Sunday at Allan Saxe Field, hosting the first-ever Home Run for the Heart derby.
"It is the opening to Homecoming and it is for a really good cause," UT Arlington coach Kristie Fox said. "Our girls were really happy to be a part of it and it is a good introduction to the facility for some people that haven't been here. There are a lot of events this week and it helps get the UTA spirit started on a good foot."
The inaugural event was created to honor the late Erica Hockmeister and hosted by UTA's Pi Kappa Alpha.
"The inspiration for the event actually came from Erica," fraternity member Cardell Henry said. "It was her idea originally. She told us to do it before her passing. So we decided we should actually do it for her."
While the event was put on by the fraternity members at UTA, the UTA baseball and softball teams both had athletes lending a hand, with baseball players Colton Turner and Quintin Rohrbaugh participating in the contest.
"It's a real fun event to come out and do," Turner said. "Coming out in the community is great, I know there are other players out there doing it at the children's hospital today too, so we get out every weekend and try do something in the community."
UTA Softball opened its facility for the contest and was more than willing to help out for a good cause. Pitcher Sam Montes feels as though the event was a good kick off to Homecoming week.
"This kicks off Homecoming because at Homecoming everybody comes together and we get to see other people from different teams and other fraternity and sororities," Montes said. "It's cool to see everybody come together for one week where we can actually support everybody its cool."
The first-ever Home Run for the Heart was a grand slam with 70 percent of the proceeds going to Texas Heart Institute and 30 percent to the Student Emergency Fund.
Visit Homecoming 2015 a complete list of events this week, including the women's basketball trip to Baylor on Friday in the Preseason WNIT and men's basketball season opener against Fordham on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at College Park Center.
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