March 14, 2014
SAN DIEGO, California – UT Arlington softball lost both games to open the San Diego Classic II Friday afternoon at the San Diego State Softball Stadium.
The Mavericks opened the tournament with a 6-2 loss to Long Beach State and followed with a 4-3 setback to host team San Diego State.
"The other pitchers did a good job mixing up the pitches and mixing up the speeds, but we did a good job too, getting hits and putting runs on the board," UT Arlington coach Kristie Fox said. "With San Diego State, we went through three pitchers and got to their No. 1. They threw their No. 3 against us first."
The Mavericks drop to an even .500 (13-13) and are 0-2 in the San Diego Classic II.
Long Beach State 6, UT Arlington 2
In the top of the second inning the Mavericks took a 2-0 lead when freshman Marisa Datko doubled down the left-field line to score Jolene Schaefer and Nina Villanueva.
The 49ers got on the board in the fifth with a single to right field, scoring one runner with no outs to close the gap.
With two runners on in the sixth for LBSU, Collins replaced Carrico in the circle. Collins gave up a grand slam allowing the 49er's to take a 5-2 lead with no outs. Long Beach State would score again before the end of the inning.
Collins dropped to 7-6 on the season with a 2.40 ERA.
San Diego State 4, UT Arlington 3
Brittany May made her second start of the season, giving up four runs off of 10 hits in seven innings pitched.
San Diego State's Patrice Jackson hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score the runner on third in the top of the third to lead 1-0.
Rebecca Stokes opened the fifth inning with a single up the middle. Datko advanced Stokes to second with sacrifice bunt and Stokes moved to third on a passed ball with Kacey Everett at the plate. Everett singled to left field to score Stokes.
Holly Murphree walked and Lauren Ramsey replaced Everett on second base. Meagan Michele also walked to put Shelbi Sikes at the plate with one out. Ramsey scored on a fielder's choice with Murphree crossing the plate on the next pitch as Barilli reached first base to give the Mavericks a 3-1 lead.
SDSU's Frankie Orlando doubled to left center, scoring two runs to tie the game 3-3 with one out before UTA was able to get out of the inning. The Aztec scored on an infield single in the seventh inning to put the Mavericks in a must-score situation. UT Arlington went down in order to drop their second game of the day.
"We scheduled the same teams tomorrow to get ready for conference where you're facing the same team three times in a row," Fox said. "Learning from our mistakes and being able to turn the page quickly is going to be the focus going into tomorrow's games."
The Mavericks return to the field Saturday to face Long Beach State at 1:30 p.m. and San Diego State at 6:30 p.m. UT Arlington will conclude the San Diego Classic II when they face Harvard at 12 p.m.