March 14, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The Mavericks split the first day of action in San Diego after a 1-0 win over Southern Utah and a 4-3 loss to Miami.
UT Arlington 1, Southern Utah 0
The Mavericks' offense started slow, but after the first few innings of the day, UTA starting swinging the bats.
"Sometimes it takes you seeing the pitcher more than once," UT Arlington coach Kristie Fox said. "I think we just made an adjustment as the day went on."
With two outs in the top of the first, Lyles walked the third batter and the fourth batter flew out to right field to end the inning. Meagan Michele hit a double and Lyles got on base after she was hit by a pitch, but the Mavs would leave two on at the end of the first inning.
Lyles gave up two hits in the top of the third inning with no outs, but SUU was unable to move the runners and the score remained 0-0. The Mavs went three up, three down to end the third inning.
The Mavericks picked up two hits early in the fifth inning with no outs to put runners on. Britnea Barilli reached on a fielder's choice to shortstop and Jolene Schaefer scored for the first and only run of the game. UTA led 1-0 going into the top of the sixth.
Catcher Rachel Forshaw made a catch against the net to start the sixth inning to give SUU their first out of the inning. The Thunderbirds got a hit, but weren't able to score.
In the top of the seventh Southern Utah's Ariel Maback singled to left field, but the next three batters made contact and were thrown out to end the game.
Lyles picked up her 12th win of the season with only two loses. Schaefer was 1-for-2 with one run and one putout for UT Arlington.
"(Jolene) has to keep her swing as simple as possible and when she does that she's successful. We see how great she's doing and she needs to be open to that opinion as well," Fox said about her staring center fielder.
Miami 4, UT Arlington 3 (9 innings)
Miami started the game with a long double to left center and continued to put runners on. With two outs Jenna Modic singled to first as a runner scored for the Redhawks. Meagan Michele doubled deep to left field with two outs in the bottom of the first, but Lyles would groundout to end the inning.
In the third inning the Rehawks put runners on and scored on a throwing error and an infield single to give them a 3-0 lead.
Schaefer singled for the Mavericks. Kallan Thompson advanced Schaefer to second and Taylor Zink singled to right field to move Shaffer to third. The Redhawks intentionally walked Michele to load the bases with two outs and Lyles at the plate. Lyles would knock in Schaefer and Zink and the Mavs trailed 3-2 to end the inning.
Lyles tripled down the left field line for her first triple of the season to start the bottom of the sixth, and would later score to tie the game. Rebecca Stokes singled with two outs, but Shaffer lined out to first base to end the inning with a 3-all score.
Miami started the seventh inning with a double and a single to put two runners on before Fox put in her senior pitcher, Lyles, to end the inning. Barilli singled, but was thrown out on an attempt to steal second to end the inning.
The Redhaws went through a quick three up, three down to start extra innings. Lyles singled for the Mavericks, but it wasn't enough and the game went into the ninth inning.
Miami scored an unearned run in the ninth and would lead 4-3 with the Mavericks in a must-score situation. UTA would pop out for their first two outs of the inning before Thompson would get on base. The Mavericks would leave two runners on to end the game.
Callie Collins threw 81 strikes with seven strikeouts in sixth innings. Lyles would end the day with a 12-3 record.
"Teri's done a good job all year. We just got to get her rested up because we've got a couple tough games tomorrow," Fox said.
The Mavericks are 13-9 after today's games, and will face UNLV at 11 a.m. and Bryant at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 15.
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