March 23, 2014
MOBILE, Alabama – UT Arlington fell 2-1 in extra innings to No. 13 South Alabama to close out the first weekend of Sun Belt Conference play for the Mavericks.
Callie Collins made her 15th start of the season, dropping to 7-8. Coming in to today's game South Alabama's Farish Beard led the NCAA with a 0.38 ERA, giving up just 22 hits in 79.1 innings pitched.
"Callie did a really good job giving us a chance on the mound," UT Arlington coach Kristie Fox said. "We scratched a run across against a really good pitcher. Our Achilles' heel has been our defense the whole time and not understanding the situations. We're really young and South Alabama is the No. 13 team, and you can't play young against that team."
The Mavericks are 14-18 and 0-3 in league action after the sweep.
Britnea Barilli singled to left center in the top of the fifth and advanced to third, as Marisa Datko reached first on an error to put two runners on for the Mavericks for the first time in the game. Nina Villanueva singled up the middle, scoring Barilli for the first run for either team.
The Jags (25-3, 3-0 SBC) made a run of their own in the sixth inning putting two runners off two hits with one out, but the Mavericks' defense held the Jags.
South Alabama pulled their starter with Hannah McKinnon opening the seventh inning. With runners on the corners and two outs, South Alabama scored on a UTA throwing error to tie the game 1-1 in the bottom of the seventh, sending the game into extra innings.
USA won it hit to the right-field wall to drive home the deciding run.
The Mavericks return to Allan Saxe Field to host their first home Sun Belt Conference series this weekend. A doubleheader Saturday against WKU begins at 1 p.m., with a single game Sunday at 1 p.m.