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Samantha Chumchal
Samantha Chumchal

March 15, 2009

San Antonio, Texas - The UT Arlington softball team split in day one of a three game series against the Roadrunners of UTSA. The Mavericks posted a 5-3 conference victory in game one and dropped an 8-5 decision in the second game at Roadrunner Field in San Antonio, Texas.

Junior Cara Hulme led the Mavericks offensively and defensively, pitching a solid 6.1 innings and connected on a pair of home runs.

UTA quickly opened the game with a 1-0 advantage after Heather Fortenberry connected on a two-out double to right field and scored on a single by sophomore Rebecca Collom.

Hulme kept the Roadrunners scoreless through four innings and added another Maverick run with a solo walk-off homer to left field. UTSA answered in the bottom half of the frame when Ashley Kappler homered to left center, making the score 2-1.

The Mavs were held scoreless in the top of the sixth but the Roadrunners capped off the bottom half of the inning with two runs. Kappler ripped a single up the middle and came around to score after Amber Anderson connected on a home run to right center, giving UTSA a 3-2 advantage.

UT Arlington retook the lead in the top of the seventh inning with a solo run. With one out, Hulme drove a pitch over center field, recording her second home run of the day and tying the game at 3-3.

The Mavs held the Roadrunners scoreless in the bottom half of the frame, sending the game into extra innings. UTA was unable to capitalize on runs in the top of the eighth. The Roadrunners threatened in the bottom of the frame when they loaded the bases but the Mavericks were solid defensively and shut down UTSA.

The Mavericks recorded a pair of insurance runs in the top of the ninth inning with the help of catcher Samantha Chumchal who connected on a two-run homer to left field, making the score 5-3.



UTA silenced the Roadrunners in the final frame with three straight outs. The victory improved the Mavs to 8-14 overall and 4-6 in league play.

Hulme led the Mavericks offensively, going 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored while Fortenberry went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

Heather Fortenberry led the Mavs to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first with a solo shot to center field but UTSA drove in three runs in the bottom of the first when Leanne Risberg connected on a three-run homer to right center, giving the Roadrunners a 3-1 lead.

The Roadrunners added a pair of runs in the third when Ashley Keppler and Kristen Keppler each recorded RBI-doubles, making the score 5-1.

UT Arlington answered in the top of the fourth scoring a run when Courtney Enocksen doubled to left field, plating Erica LeFlore who walked earlier in the inning.

UTA tied the game at 5-5 in the top of the sixth after Whitney Simpson connected on three-run home run to left field. UTSA gave the Mavericks no time to rest, driving in three runs in the bottom half of the inning, to lead 8-5. The Mavericks were held scoreless in the final two frames of the game.

Fortenberry (4-5) took the loss, pitching 4.0 innings, allowing seven runs on eight hits and striking out four.

The Mavericks continue the series with the Roadrunners tomorrow at 1 p.m.


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