March 8, 2014
LUBBOCK, Texas - UT Arlington softball took an early lead, but couldn't make it stand in Saturday afternoon's 2-1 loss to Abilene Christian in eight innings at Rocky Johnson Field."
Offensively, we weren't competing. That pitcher should never keep us off the board that much," UT Arlington coach Kristie Fox said. "The team didn't step up today. There was no heart and that's what disappoints me the most."
The Mavericks dropped to 13-10 overall and 2-2 in the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic.
Senior Callie Collins started for the Mavericks and faced 14 batters, striking out seven and giving up four hits.
Freshman Shelbi Sikes hit her second career home run in the bottom of third over the center-field wall to get things started for the Mavericks.
With a runner on third, ACU tied the game with a single to right field in the sixth inning. Sophomore Shannon Carrico replaced Collins on the mound and was able to get out of the inning.
In the seventh, the Wildcats put two runners on with one out. Carrico struck out the last batter to end the inning.
The Mavericks had a scoring chance in the seventh. Schaefer singled and advanced to second, sending Britnea Barilli to third with two outs. UTA couldn't push a run across and the game into extra innings.
In the eighth, the Wildcats scored on a Maverick error to take the 2-1 lead and UTA was unable to score in its final at-bat.
UT Arlington well have two opportunities later this season to redeem itself as they face the Wildcats in Abilene April 9 and again in Arlington on April 23.
"I feel lucky that we get to see them two more times because we didn't play to our full potential today. We didn't show up and compete. We made multiple mistakes and I want to meet them again on a better day," Fox said.
The Mavericks return to the Rocky Johnson Field Sunday to face New Mexico State at 10 a.m. to close the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic.