LADY MAVERICKS TAKE SECOND SLC SERIES WITH 7-3 WIN OVER NICHOLLS STATE
March 6, 2005
ARLINGTON, Texas - The Lady Mavericks bats came alive as Texas-Arlington tied a season high, pounding out 11 hits in a 7-3 win over Nicholls State Sunday afternoon in the finale of a Southland Conference series at Allan Saxe Field. The squads split Saturday's doubleheader with UTA taking game one, 3-0, and the Colonels claiming the nightcap by a 6-4 count.
With the win, the Lady Mavericks claimed their second straight conference series and pushed their overall record to 8-11. Nicholls State falls to 4-9 and 1-2 in the league.
Nicholls State intiated the scoring as Brandi Hahn connected for a two-out RBI single in the first.
Kristin Moore led off the home half of the frame with a four pitch walk, Dee Jay Nelson followed with a single up the middle and Autumn Petrino earned a free pass to load the bases. Down in the count 0-2, Amanda Swofford worked a walk to push across the Lady Mavs first run before Katie Jones singled to give UTA the lead.
UTA extended its lead with two runs in the bottom of the second, again loading the bases with nobody out. An Autumn Petrino ground out and Jones' second RBI single of the afternoon pushed the Lady Mavs margin to three.
A Lady Colonel home run, single and double to start the fourth chased UTA starter Jill Garro from the contest. Teri Clouarte knocked a RBI single off reliever Elizabeth Fuentes to pull the Colonels within one run.
Kristin Moore singled to lead off the UTA fourth, advanced to second on a Nelson sacrifice bunt and scored on a Lindsey Yelverton throwing error to give the Lady Mavs a 5-3 advantage.
UTA added two runs on four hits in the bottom of the sixth.
Fuentes was the pitcher of record for UTA, improving to 2-1 on the season after tossing four innings and being touched for just four hits while striking out three.
Jones and Nelson paced the Lady Mavs offense with three hits apiece.
Jessica Barksdale took the loss for Nicholls State after giving up four runs and walking three in 1.2 innings of work.
UTA will return to action Tuesday when it travels to Baylor. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. at Getterman Stadium in Waco.