March 2, 2013
UTA VS. LAMAR
ARLINGTON, Texas - Four key two-out hits in the middle innings gave UT Arlington (7-6) a 4-2 victory over Lamar (5-10) Saturday afternoon at Allen Saxe Field. The win gave the Mavs the No. 3 seed in the UTA Classic semifinals.
Down 2-0 in the fourth, Lauren Siple'sfirst hit of the season was a big one for the Mavericks. Her two-out base knock to left plated UTA's first run of the game. Kallen Thompson followed with a single of her own that evened the score at 2.
UTA got on top for the first time in the fifth when Teri Lyles' ringing double over the head of Lamar's left fielder scored Jordan Schaefer. Rachel Forshawthen singled Lyles home with a grounder up the middle to put the Mavs up 4-2.
Lyles earned the victory in the circle as well. She pitched a complete game, surrendering just two runs, one earned, on five hits in the contest. She fanned five and did not walk a batter.
Lamar had gained its 2-0 lead courtesy of a pair of leadoff hits that came around to score. The Cardinals led off the second inning with a double and began the third with a single.
UTA VS. TULSA
ARLINGTON, Texas - UT Arlington (7-7) suffered a 5-1 defeat at the hands of Tulsa (14-5) in the semifinals of the UTA Softball Classic on Saturday afternoon. With the loss, third-seeded UTA will now play in Sunday's consolation game at 10 a.m.
The Mavericks tried to mount a late comeback, but were held to a single tally for the third time in the tournament. UTA's run came in the sixth via a Rachel Forshaw two-out RBI single that drove home Meagan Michele, who had lined a double down the left-field line. Forshaw had previously notched an RBI single in the Mavs' first game on Saturday.
"While we didn't get the result we wanted in the second game, the team that showed up today is the team that I know," head coach Kristie Fox said. "The point of this tournament is to prepare us for conference by playing good teams. All the teams that are here help us as we look to peak going forward."
In the circle, Callie Collins (1-5) had two clean innings prior to allowing a two-out home run to Samantha Cobb in the third. Tulsa added two more in the fourth when Collins fielded a comebacker, but threw wildly home attempting to gun down the lead runner breaking from third.
The Golden Hurricane tacked on another insurance run in the fifth on a two-out single, but escaped further damage when right fielder Taylor Zink made a fine catch just in front of the wall with the bases loaded. Tulsa put another run on the board in the sixth to account for the final score.
UTA's best early chance came in the opening inning, but the Mavericks were unable to get the big hit and left the bases loaded. Michele ended up with two of UTA's four hits.
The consolation game will be between UTA and Creighton, which lost to Lamar Saturday night.
OTHER GAME RECAPS:
CREIGHTON VS. TULSA
Creighton defeated Tulsa in the first game of the day, winning an extra-inning affair by a 4-3 count in eight innings. The win pushed Creighton to 3-0 and gave the Bluejays the No. 1 seed in the semifinals against No. 4 seed Lamar at 6 p.m. The loss made Tulsa (2-1 in tournament play) the No. 2 seed. The Golden Hurricane will play UTA at 4 p.m.
CREIGHTON VS. LAMAR
Lamar, seeded fourth and 0-3 in tournament play, upset top-seeded Creighton by a 3-2 final Saturday night in the second semifinal. It was Creighton's first loss of the UTA Classic, and gave the Bluejays a date with host UTA in the consolation game at 10 a.m. Sunday. The championship game will feature No. 4 Lamar against No. 2 Tulsa.