March 15, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The UT Arlington softball team split the second day of the San Diego Classic II after losing to UNLV and defeating Bryant. The Mavericks are 14-10 overall after Friday's competition.
UNLV 2, UT Arlington 0
The Mavericks came out swinging, but UNLV’s defense was solid. Nina Villanueva got the Mavs first hit in the top of the third with a single up the middle. Jolene Schaefer hit a sacrifice bunt to advance Villanueva to second, but she would stay at second to end the inning.
UNLV scored two runs with two outs in the third for the only runs of the game.
In the bottom of the fifth, UT Arlington coach Kristie Fox put in Callie Collins to relieve pitcher Teri Lyles. The Rebels put two runners on with two outs with Tayler Van Acker at the plate. She would be hit to load the bases, but the next batter struck out to end the inning.
The Mavericks had two runners on in scoring position with Rebecca Stokes at the plate with two outs in the top of the seventh. Stokes grounded out to shortstop to end the game.
UT Arlington 2, Bryant 1
Bryant took the early lead in the second inning. With runners in scoring position and two outs, Bryant flew out to left field with a run scored. Meagan Michele tagged a runner to end the inning with Bryant leading 1-0.
Rachel Forshaw singled over the shortstop’s head to start the bottom of the second for the Mavs. Stokes got a hit, but Forshaw was thrown out at second. Villanueva reached first on an error, but UTA left two stranded at the end of the inning.
Both teams continued to battle, but several three-up, three-down innings hurried the pace of the game.
In the bottom of the sixth inning with the Mavs trailing 1-0 things finally started coming together. Taylor Zink singled to the outfield and Barilli hit a sacrifice bunt to move Zink into scoring position. Michele reached on an error and Zink moved to third. Lyles flied out to left center, but scored Zink and moved Michele to third base with Forshaw at the plate. Michele would cross home before the end of the inning to give UTA the 2-1 lead going into the seventh inning.
“I think the energy level finally changed,” Fox said about her team’s bats in the inning. “Lately, we’ve been waiting until the end of the game to show up and when you’re playing teams that are coming out fighting from the very first pitch and you’re not, that’s why we’ve been getting behind.”
Bryant was unable to get on base in the seventh and the Mavs walked away with a 2-1 win over the Bulldogs.
The Mavericks are back on the field Saturday, March 16 as they take on Bryant at 1:30 p.m. CST for another day in the San Diego Classic II.