SOFTBALL DROPS 12-7 EXTRA INNING DECISSION TO COLORADO STATE
Feb. 15, 2008
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The UT Arlington softball team dropped it first extra inning contest of the season 12-7 to Colorado State on Friday in the opening game of the Hotel Encanto Invitational hosted by New Mexico State.
Senior Amanda Swofford led the Mavs (1-5) going 2-for-4, scoring three runs and driving in two with a home run on the day. Laura Jones (1-2) takes the loss in four innings of relief, while Colorado State's Cayte Billman (3-0) gets the win recording five K's in five innings of work.
After four scoreless innings, Colorado State's leadoff batter Lauren Cusick hit a solo home run to put the first points on the board for either team. With two outs, Julia Kloppe doubled to right field to drive in Ashley Munoz and Caitlan Stem who both reached on singles. The Rams had a 3-0 lead heading into the bottom half of the fifth inning.
UTA was quick to counter, when seniors Katie Jones and Swofford reached on a singles and designated player sophomore Samantha Chumchal cleared the bases with a three RBI homer over the right field fence.
In the 6th, Colorado State added a pair of runs to lead 5-2, but UTA tied it again in the home half of the inning. With two outs, Jones hit her second single of the game and Swofford drove them both in with her first home run of the season.
The game remained knotted up after seven innings of play and the Mavs went into extra frames for the first time this season.
Seven runs and two Mavericks errors in the top of the tenth frame proved too much for UTA. The Mavs did attempt a third comeback, scoring a pair of runs in their half of the tenth, but sadly the attempt fell short.
UTA will finish its first day at the Hotel Encanto Invitational with a 2 p.m. meeting with Illinois-Chicago. The Mavs are scheduled to face-off with North Dakota State, tomorrow at 7 p.m., before closing out their New Mexico trip with game against tournament host New Mexico State at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.