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By Paul Watley | @WatP7
ARLINGTON, Texas - Showing its commitment to the success of the softball and baseball programs, UT Arlington completed facility renovations that included a new field and clubhouse for softball and a new clubhouse for baseball during the 2015 season.
Maverick softball enjoyed the opening of the new Allan Saxe Field in the 2015 campaign's home opener. The 622-seat facility was broken in with a 13-4 win over Incarnate Word in a game that included a grand slam in the fifth inning by Mya Anderson to clinch the victory.
"We have been waiting for this for quite some time," UT Arlington softball coach Kristie Fox said after the opening win. "The players are so excited and they feel it is a step up. When you have these kind of facilities they tend to act like Division I athletes and that is what they did tonight."
UTA also unveiled its new softball clubhouse at Allan Saxe on Mar. 20, while taking a pair of games against Georgia Southern. Located directly next to the field, the clubhouse features locker rooms, showers, offices and areas for the players to relax. Previously, players had to make their way to the Maverick Stadium to change and get ready for a game.
Next door, UTA baseball welcomed the opening of a nearly 6,000 sq. ft. of state-of-the-art facility that included a players clubhouse, an equipment and laundry room, a sports medicine training room and coaches' offices. Clay Gould Ballpark also saw renovations to the press box and the home and visitors' dugouts.
"I can't thank the people who were involved in this enough," UT Arlington baseball coach Darin Thomas said. "It's been a long time and we will never take this facility for granted. It will be nice to have everything at the field for our guys and will make things a lot easier on our players and staff."
The Mavericks made the most of the new clubhouse in a weather-delayed series against Troy, picking up two out of three to claim the series. UTA took the opening game of a Saturday doubleheader 15-4 before coming up one run short in a comeback attempt in the second game of the day. Sunday's rubber match saw UTA go down by six runs early, but the bats heated up as the Mavericks staged a comeback and took the final game of the series 10-7.
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