Feb. 8, 2014
By Michael Eldridge | UTAMavs.com
ST. GEORGE, Utah - The UT Arlington softball team split its second day in the Red Desert Classic at the Canyons Softball Complex on Saturday.
The Mavericks are 2-2 on the season after defeating BYU and falling to Utah State.
"I like that they battled," UT Arlington coach Kristie Fox said of her team's performance in the first game. "That was a good BYU team, they are always really strong. That pitcher was the best pitcher that we have played so far and I like how we competed. What I didn't like was how long it took for us to adjust. We need to adjust faster at the plate and get some run support earlier for our pitchers."
UTA finishes up play in the tournament on Sunday against Utah Valley at noon CT.
Game 1 - UT Arlington 3, BYU 2
UTA's home run leader in 2013 came up with her first of this season when it mattered most. Meagan Michele stepped to the plate in the bottom of the seventh and sent a lead-off shot over over the left field wall to give UTA a 3-2 victory over Brigham Young.
"It gave me the boost that I needed," Michele said. "I knew she was going to throw me inside so I was keeping my hands inside. I did that and then she gave me one right down the middle."
Michele said that she was happy about the way that the team performed after being behind.
"I loved the fight and the energy, we just need to make sure we keep it consistent," Michele said. "I love how much our new players are into the game and the energy that we have been bringing."
The Mavericks were left chasing after BYU opened scoring in the second. The Cougars took advantage of an error that was followed up by a two-run homer.
UTA clawed back in the third to cut into the lead. Jasmine Tanksley hit the first homer of her Maverick career over the left-center field wall.
The Mavs tied the game in the fifth on Jolene Schaefer's two-out single down the right field line to score Michele from second.
Shannon Carrico picked up her first win in her second start. Carrico struck out eight in her first complete game as a Maverick.
Game 2 - Utah State 5, UT Arlington 0
The Mavericks went toe-to-toe with the Aggies through three scoreless innings. However, Utah State broke through with a run in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings followed by a pair in the seventh to defeat UTA 5-0.
Callie Collins fell to 1-2 on the year after giving up three runs (two earned). Collins struck out eight, allowing five hits and walking four.