Krista Rude wasted no time extending her hit streak to nine games with a base hit in the first.
A late-inning comeback, fueled by a five-run sixth led UTA softball to a 5-1 victory over SEMO.
UTA softball travels to Hammond, La. to play in the Lion Classic II Feb. 17-19.
The Mavs face a tough test right out of the gate with all five teams recording at least 20 wins in 2016.
Head coach Kristie Fox and Co. hosted a press conference to preview the upcoming season.
AS A JUNIOR (2016): Played in 49 games, making 48 starts at third base ... Hit .195, driving in 21, while scoring 17 runs ... Was 4-for-4 in stolen bases ... Her team-high 30 walks placed her 10th on the Mavs' single-season base on balls list ... Produced two walk-off hits in a doubleheader against Cleveland St. with a RBI base hit in Game 1 followed by a home run in Game 2 ... Recorded a team-best .982 fielding percentage with 38 putouts, 73 assists and two errors.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2015): Made 54 starts in right field ... Set the single-season record for RBI with 45 ... Hit .303 ... Tallied a .955 fielding percentage.
AS A FRESHMAN (2014): Batted .182 in 46 games played (39 starts) ... Recorded just 3 errors, tied for second on the team amongst regular starters ... Sun Belt Conference Honor Roll.
CRANDALL HS: Attended Crandall (Crandall, Texas) ... Four-year letterwinner in softball ... 2013 District and Area Champions ... MVP and Defensive Player of the Year in 2013 ... Texas Sports Writers Association second team All-State third basemen ... 2012 Bi-District Champions ... Golden Glove, first team All-District and academic All-District in 2012 ... 2011 Bi-District and Area Champions ... 2011 Golden Glove, Defensive Player of the Year and academic All-District ... 2010 District and Area Champions ... Golden Glove, Defensive Player of the Year and academic All-District in 2010 ... National Honor Society.
PERSONAL: Daughter of Jimmy and Ginger Sikes ... Education major.