March 10, 2013
By Taylor Wright | UTAMavs.com
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Mavs improved to 11-8 on the season after an 11-3 four and a half inning win over Indiana-Purdue University at Fort Wayne (IPFW) and a 9-1 win over Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) at the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic hosted by Texas Tech.
"The girls came to play today," UTA head coach Kristie Fox said. "They weren't the best softball conditions but they didn't let that hinder their approach. They trusted their hands and the results came."
Game 1 Recap
Rebecca Stokes had two hits in the game agaisnt IPFW, including an RBI triple in the seven run fourth inning for the Mavs. Jolene Schaefer and Meagan Michele also had two hits in the game. Starting pitcher Teri Lyles moved to 9-2 with the win and notched an RBI single from the plate.
The Mavs broke open the game with their first hit in the bottom of the second inning from Schaefer. Stokes followed up with a single that scored Rachel Forshaw who walked to get on base. Lauren Siple added another run with a sacrifice fly to left to give UTA a 2-0 lead.
IPFW answered back in the top of the third after a gusty wind helped cut the Mavs lead to one, 2-1. UTA got right back at it after a single from Michele scored Taylor Zink. Rachel Forshaw extened the lead to 4-1 with a two-out RBI double in the bottom of the third inning.
An IPFW error and a bunt single from Michele scored two in the bottom of the fourth inning. Lyles helped her own cause by singling up the middle to score another run and put UTA up 7-1. A wild pitch gave Britnea Barilli the opportunity to score the fourth run of the inning for the Mavs.
Siple cleared the bases with a two-out, two-run single, Stokes drove her in with a triple to right to give UTA an 11-1 lead. The Mastodons fired back in the top of the fifth inning after a single and a home run brought them within eight, 11-3. The Mavs held the eight-run or better lead after five innings to complete the run rule.
Game 2 Recap
Thompson and Zink led the Mavs with three hits each against UMKC. Once again, Stokes and Michele notched two hits in the game to give them four hits on the day. Lyles improved to 10-2 with the victory over UMKC. Today marked the first time Lyles had earned two wins in the same day this season.
Zink ledoff the bottom of the first with a single to left center field. Barilli reached first and Zink moved all the way to third after a UMKC throwing error. Michele brought the first run of the game across the plate with a single through the leftside of the infield and gave the Mavs a 1-0 lead.
Stokes kept UTA on a roll with a leadoff single in the bottom of the second inning. Siple reached first on an error, followed by Thompson's bunt single to short and then Zink brought Stokes home with a single to left. Lyles helped her own cause as the starting pitcher with a bases clearing double to give the Mavs a 5-0 lead.
Barilli slapped a pitch down the third base line and another UMKC throwing error would advance all runners two bases, including a run in the bottom of the third. The 'Roos would end the shutout in the top of the fourth on a bases loaded fielder's choice. The Mavs added three in the bottom of the fifth to reach an eight-run or better lead after five innings to complete the run rule, 9-1.
UT Arlington will close out their time at the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic against Troy at 11 am tomorrow at Rocky Johnson Field.