Softball rallies back for 5-4 win against Bobcats
March 2, 2011
Arlington, Texas - The UT Arlington softball team was determined to sweep the Texas State Bobcats at home and did so Wednesday afternoon with a come from behind 5-4 win at Allan Saxe Field.
The win improved the Mavs to 11-7 overall and 3-0 conference action. The three game sweep against the Bobcats was the first in UTA softball history.
UT Arlington opened conference action Tuesday and recorded a pair of 2-0 shutout wins in game one and two against the Bobcats.
Pitching ultimately cost Texas State the loss as they used three pitchers in the game. Starting pitcher Chandler Hall took the loss, pitching five innings, allowing five runs on nine hits.
The Bobcats took a 1-0 advantage in the third after Texas State's head coach called for a suicide squeeze bunt with McKenzie Baack at the plate. The strategy proved successful as UTA's defense was unable to get the out at home.
UTA had a chance to plate some runs in the bottom half of the inning when they loaded the bases but couldn't come up with a hit, leaving three runners stranded.
The Zink sisters were in full force in the fourth inning. Taylor Zink reached on a walk and came around to score to even the score at 1-1 following a clutch single up the middle by sister Courtney Zink.
The game wasn't tied for too long as Texas State plated a pair of runs in the fifth for a 3-1 advantage.
UTA was held scoreless in the bottom half of the inning but the Bobcats scored a run in the sixth, to lead 4-1.
Before heading into the sixth inning, UTA had only connected on four hits and knew all they needed was some momentum to get a rally going. The Mavs got their offense going and plated four runs on six hits in the inning.
Courtney Enocksen made it 4-2 after ripping a single through the left side, scoring pinch runner Kari Karr. With the bases loaded, Zink kept the inning going with an RBI single down the left field line. Freshman Stephanie Gonzalez drove in the tying run (4-4) on a fielder's choice.
The Bobcats pitching continued to struggle in the inning as Texas State's number three pitcher Crystal Alaniz walked in UTA's fifth run. Despite giving up a hit in the Bobcats final at bat, Teri Lyles was able to buckle down and get the final three outs to end the game.
Callie Collins started for the Mavericks, pitching four innings, allowing one run on two hits and striking out two. Lyles came in relief to record the win for UTA and improved her record to 4-5 overall. The sophomore pitched the final three innings, allowing three runs on six hits.
The Mavericks will take a break from conference play this weekend as they prepare for the North Texas Courtyard Classic beginning Friday, March 4 in Denton, Texas. UTA opens the tournament with a 12:30 p.m. match up against Louisiana Tech and ends the day with a 3 p.m. match up against Ole Miss.