March 22, 2013
By Michael Eldridge | UTAMavs.com
UT Arlington 5, Seattle U 3
ARLINGTON, Texas – Two home runs from UT Arlington helped the Mavericks earn a 5-3 win in its Western Athletic Conference debut against Seattle U at Allan Saxe Field on Friday.
Meagan Michele and Rebecca Stokes both sent pitches over the wall and Teri Lyles allowed just four hits in UTA’s first conference game. The Mavericks had 10 hits in the contest, including five in the sixth inning to break open the game with four runs.
UTA had an opportunity to open up scoring in the first inning. With Britnea Barilli on first, Teri Lyles sent a two-out pitch off the bottom of the left field wall. However, Barilli was called out at third due to the umpire ruling she missed touching the base.
The Mavericks were able to break a scoreless run of innings in the fourth. Michele hit a lead-off home run over the right-center field wall.
Seattle U ended a four-inning hitless streak with a double in the fifth inning. Lisa Maulden sent the ball off the right field wall for a double. Barilli ended the threat though on a long fly ball to left in which she caught on a running grab for the third out.
Another UTA homerun pushed the Mavs lead to 3-0 in the sixth. Following a double by Lyles, Stokes sent the pitch over the left field wall. The Mavericks added two more runs in the inning with RBI singles from Kallan Thompson and Barilli.
The Redhawks broke Lyles’ one-hit bid in the final inning. Seattle U sent three over the left field fence to begin the inning, but the Mavericks were able to get the final out on a pop-up back to Lyles.
UT Arlington 1, Seattle U 0 (8 innings)
Junior pitcher Callie Collins collected a career-high 16 strikeouts against the Redhawks as the Mavericks took two wins to open WAC play.
"I think Callie had a really good outing against Baylor and it gave her a lot of confidence going into this weekend," UT Arlington caoach Kristie Fox said. "She battled out there she was hitting her spots and she wasn't afrain of anyone."
It was a pitching duel as the two teams remained scoreless through seven and a half innings at Allan Saxe Field.
The Mavericks picked up 9 hits in the game, but struggled to move runners across the plate.
Collins improved to 2-8 on the season as UT Arlington finished the day with six runs on 19 hits to open conference play.