March 22, 2003

NATCHITOCHES, La...The University of Texas at Arlington Lady Mavericks used a three-run homer by freshman Jenna Fortune in the top of the eighth inning to snap Northwestern State's seven game winning streak as UTA defeated the Lady Demons, 4-1, in the first game of Saturday's Southland Conference doubleheader. NSU returned the favor in the second game, handing the Lady Mavs their first conference loss of the year.

The Lady Demons plated one run in each of the first and second frames to take an early 2-0 lead in the second game of today's twin bill.

A Tasha Hess homerun in the bottom of the fourth gave NSU a 3-0 lead, before an RBI double in the fifth put NSU ahead, 4-0.

The Lady Mavs attempted to rally in the top of the final frame. Beverly Rowan hit a lead off single to left and scored on a homerun by Autumn Petrino as UTA cut the deficit to two runs. After Natalie Mullen earned a two out walk, pinch hitter Jennifer English stepped to the plate as the tying run. It was close, but English's ball was just short of the centerfield wall as UTA fell, 4-2.

UTA managed only four hits off NSU starter Loni Rasberry. Rasberry struck out three while walking only one in 7.0 innings of work.

Jill Garro was tagged with the loss for the Lady Mavs. Garro gave up six hits, three runs and one walk in 3.2 innings of work as she fell to 6-8 on the year.

In the first game of today's double dip, Northwestern State struck first in the bottom of the fourth frame as Nicole Martin connected for the Lady Demons first hit of the game, knocking the ball over the right field wall to put NSU ahead, 1-0.

Falon Kwasnick hit a lead off single to start the sixth inning for UTA. Kwasnick was sacrificed to second by Melanie Williams before Beverly Rowan hit a two out double to right center to tie the game at one run apiece.



UTA put the game away in the top of the extra frame. Kwasnick doubled to right center and Williams beat out an infield single to put runners on the corners for the Lady Mavs. Fortune hit her second collegiate homerun to plate both runners and put UTA ahead, 4-1.

Junior Katy Cox, the reigning Southland Conference Pitcher of the Week, tied her career high, striking out 17 batters. Cox scattered three hits and allowed one earned run as she improved to 14-4 on the year.

Texas-Arlington will complete this weekend's Southland Conference series Sunday afternoon at the Lady Demon Softball Complex. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. UTA returns home on Saturday, March 29 for a doubleheader with Texas-San Antonio. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. at Allan Saxe Field.



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