Feb. 24, 2012
Arlington, Texas -UT Arlington ClassicDay 1UT Arlington 2, Ark. –Pine Bluff 0Houston Baptist 6, UT Arlington 4
The Mavericks split their first day of the UT Arlington Classic.
The UT Arlington Classic got off to a slow start after Arkansas-Pine Bluff had automotive issues on the way to Allan Saxe Field. The Drake and Arkansas-Pine Bluff game was hardly fair as the Bulldogs picked up their first victory of the tournament 16-4.
The second game began about two hours later than scheduled time as the Houston Baptist Huskies defeated the Drake Bulldogs, 3-2, in nine innings.
UT Arlington took on Arkansas-Pine Bluff for the third game of the tournament and the Mavericks first game of the UT Arlington Classic.
The first two innings went by slowly, but Stephanie Gonzalez went yard to put the first point of the game on the board, giving the Mavericks the 1-0 lead. Courtney Enocksen followed suit with a home run in the fourth. UT Arlington’s Callie Collins pitched all seven innings allowing three hits and walking four batters.
Stephanie Gonzalez hit a leadoff home run in the opening inning of the Maverick’s second game of the day, giving UTA the early lead. The Huskies loaded the bases in the third inning with no outs when Danielle Rodarte connected for a base hit and two RBI.
Melissa Herman followed up with a three-run home run to left center giving HBU the 5-1 lead. The Mavericks were not able to retire the side until HBU picked up one more run.
The Mavericks loaded the bases in the bottom of the third and an error by HBU’s first basemen allowed UTA to pick up two runs, cutting the Huskies’ lead in half before heading into the fourth.
Samantha Kennedy went yard with two outs in the fourth inning cutting HBU’s lead to two, but the Mavericks were not able to make a comeback ending the game with a 6-4 loss.
The UT Arlington Classic starts up again Saturday at 11 a.m. when Houston Baptists takes one the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions. The Mavericks are scheduled to take on the Drake Bulldogs at 1 p.m. followed by two semi final games.