Feb. 16, 2013
By Taylor Wright | UTAMavs.com
ORLANDO, Florida - The Mavericks softball team began action on day two of the UCF Holiday Inn Select with a doubleheader against Florida A&M and Stetson, respectively. UT Arlington (3-1) beat Florida A&M and Stetson 1-0 in both games.
"Today really showed the character of our team," UTA head coach Kristie Fox said. "They fought the whole way and it hasn't been easy. It shows that they are going to be fighters all season."
UTA 1, Florida A&M 0
Florida A&M recorded the first hit of the game with a one out single in the bottom of the second inning. The Rattler runner safely stole second but then starting pitcher Teri Lyles notched two strikeouts to end the scoring threat.
Back-to-back one out singles for Florida A&M in the bottom of the fourth inning put the Mavericks in trouble of giving up runs to the Rattlers. A lineout to Lyles followed by a strikeout from her shut down the FAMU rally.
Kallan Thompson slapped a single in the top of the third but the Mavs did not earn another hit until Rachel Forshaw earned a one out single in the top of the fifth. Taylor Zink moved Forshaw to second with a groundout to short.
Meagan Michele hit an infield single to score Kaylee Bowman who pinch ran for Forshaw. A two-out single from Thompson kept the UTA rally going in the top of the fifth inning with the Mavericks leading, 1-0.
A one out double for Florida A&M puts a Rattler in scoring position in the bottom of the sixth inning. After a walk, Lyles struck out the next batter but was unable to get the last out and walked another Rattler. With bases loaded, a Florida A&M pinch hitter worked up a full count before Lyles sat her down and preserved the Mavericks 1-0 lead.
Back-to-back bunt singles from Zink and Michele put Mavs on first and second before Thompson advanced them both with a sac-bunt in the top of the seventh. Two pop flies in a row ended the hopes for a few UTA insurance runs going into the FAMU half of the seventh.
Callie Collins came in to close out the game on the mound. She sat down two straight before giving up a single to Florida A&M. Collins struck out the next Rattler to win the battle and the game, 1-0.
UTA 1, Stetson, 0
Collins took the mound and struck out the first Stetson batter she faced. The next Hatter reached on an infield error but Lauren Siple quickly erased that by throwing her out at second on a steal attempt. Stetson then grounded out to Collins to end the top of the first inning.
Stetson earned the first hit of the ballgame on a two-out single in the top of the third. One again, Siple threw out another Hatter runner attempting to steal second, this time to end the inning.
Britnea Barilli tagged the first hit of the game for the Mavs through the left side of the infield to advance Michele to third. Rebecca Stokes smoked a two out RBI single up the middle to put the Mavericks on the board, 1-0 in the bottom of the third.
The Hatters began to rally in the top of the sixth inning with two on at first and second from an error and a single, respectively. UT Arlington was able to maintain the lead and strand two Stetson players on first and third to end the top of the sixth.
In the top of the seventh inning, Collins struck out the first Hatter before allowing a single through the right side of the infield. Another Stetson single would put runners on first and second with only one out in the top of the seventh.
Collins forced the next batter to ground out to put the Mavericks one out away from the sweep. The next Hatter flew out to Nina Villanueva at short to give UTA the 1-0 win.
"Both Teri and Callie have kept us in these games and I think we've really been feeding off of them," Fox said. "But, there's going to come a point where our offense will have to win games for us and hopefully we can put both the pieces together tomorrow."
UT Arlington softball will face South Carolina at 10:00 a.m. in Orlando, Fla. on Sunday, Feb. 17. For complete information and live stats for the UCF Holiday Inn Select, please click here.