DENTON, Texas - The UT Arlington bats were red hot in the Day 2 finale, topping North Texas 10-0 on Saturday at Lovelace Field in six innings.
The Mavericks (9-7) picked up multi-hit efforts from four hitters, led by a 3-for-4 day by Sandra Mendoza. Krista Rude, Laura Curry and Reagan Wright eached knocked two base hits, while Wright brought in a team season-high four RBI. Whitney Walton scored a career-high three times, one shy of UTA's single-game record.
JoJo Valencia pitched to her second win of the weekend, improving to 4-4. Valencia tossed 6.0 innings of shutout ball, striking out three, walking one and scattering six hits allowed.
UTA finishes up play on Sunday when it takes on Tulsa and North Texas once again.
- Rude extended her hitting streak to nine games with a hit in the first.
- The 10 runs are the most UTA has scored this season.
- Valenica has allowed just one earned run in 13 innings pitched this weekend.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
The offense was quiet through the first two innings with three being left on the base paths. Aileen Garcia broke open the scoreboard with a triple into center on a full count, bringing around Walton who had reached on a two-out single up the middle.
The flood gates opened in the fifth with a string of hits coming on one out. Mendoza and Rude each reached on infield singles. Mendoza came home on a wild pitch, while Rude was knocked in by Wright's single into left, bringing in Walton as well.
Six runs came on six hits in the sixth to push UTA into double digits. Bryanna Datko knocked a leadoff home run over the left-field fence on the second pitch of the frame. Curry followed it up with a single into center before Madison Miller's pinch-hit double into left doubled UTA's scoring in the sixth. Melanie Mendoza kept the run going with a single into left. With two outs, North Texas nearly got out of the jam, but Wright's single into left with two outs and the bases loaded scored two. Kjirstyn Murphy completed the offensive outburst on the final hit of the sixth, helped along by an error in the infield to let Walton and Wright cross the dish.
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