With much talk this fall about the youth movement, seniors Mallory Foster and Kacey Everett were not outdone on the fall's final scheduled scrimmage, both launching home runs early.
The services and aid these young ladies receive at UTA are second to none and go along with the high standard that has been set as a member of the Maverick softball program.
UTA had 12 individuals recognized as Easton/NFCA Scholar Athletes.
UTA's offense was led by Whitney Walton, Bri Burchianti and Cy'Andria Newton, with each recording three hits. Walton
Fourteen underclassmen made an appearance in the game, with nine donning the blue and orange for the first time.
Kristie Fox was named the head softball coach on June 17, 2012. In four years in charge of the program, Fox has helped build the program to new heights. Fox has been a major part of the reconstruction of Allan Saxe Field, opening its doors in 2015 with a new clubhouse, locker room, new seating for 622 as well as a brand new field.
Fox, a two-time national champion and an All-American, took over the UTA program after spending the previous three years as an assistant coach at Big 12 member Texas Tech. Fox, recognized as one of the top young assistants in the country at Tech, worked primarily with the Red Raiders' hitters and infielders.
A number of Texas Tech's offensive records were broken during Fox's stay in Lubbock. The Red Raiders hit a program-best .341 in 2011 to rank fourth nationally, while their 7.17 runs per game led the Big 12 and finished fourth in the country. Texas Tech set school records for hits, home runs, runs, grand slams, RBI, total bases, slugging percentage and walks during 2011.
The Red Raiders were 41-17 in 2012, the third consecutive season of at least 40 wins. Texas Tech reached the NCAA Regionals in each of the three seasons Fox served on the coaching staff, a feat that had not been previously accomplished at the school.
She also played a vital role in the Red Raiders' recruiting efforts and served as the program's camp coordinator.
Fox spent a year as an assistant coach at Murray State prior to her arrival at Texas Tech. She was an undergraduate assistant at Arizona in 2009 while completing her degree in psychology. Fox, a first-round selection of the Chicago Bandits in the 2007 National Professional Fastpitch League draft, was a two-time national champion and standout member of the Arizona Wildcats' team for four years.
She earned All-American honors after her sophomore and junior seasons at Arizona. Fox set the Women's College World Series record her senior season with 11 hits to lead the Wildcats to their eighth national title. She finished her four-year career (2004-07) with a .350 batting average, 260 hits and 230 RBI. Arizona went a combined 203-43-1 during her playing career, with the national titles in 2006 and 2007.
Originally from San Diego, Calif., she is a former member of the USA Elite Team and earned a gold medal in the College World Games in Taiwan with Team USA in 2006. Fox was named one of three assistant coaches for the USA Softball Junior Women's National team that will compete at the 2015 World Cup of Softball X in Southern California and the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada. Both events are scheduled for July.
Fox's family has deep ties in athletics. Her sister, Kellie, is a senior softball player at the University of Arizona and a member of the US Women's National Team. Her brother, Kory, is a freshman football player at Cal Poly.