Mavericks Get Back On Track with Pair of Wins
March 27, 2010
Arlington, Texas - On a windy Saturday afternoon at Allan Saxe Field, the UT Arlington Mavericks looked regrouped and ready to go as they pulled away with two victories over UTSA. The Mavs pounded the Roadrunners, 8-0 in five innings in game one and finished the day with a 5-3 victory in game two.
The wins improved UT Arlington to 17-14 overall and 8-5 in conference action.
Lyles (8-8) guided the Mavericks pasted UTSA in game one, pitching 5.0 innings, allowing only two hits and striking out two.
It didn't take long for UTA to find their swing as they connected on four runs on four hits and an error in the bottom of the first frame. The Mavs went around their lineup with Lyles, Cara Hulme, Rebecca Collom and Courtney Zink all scattering hits. The Mavs weren't done putting runs on the board as they drove in three on four hits and one error in the third.
Backed by her defense, Lyles not only held the Roadrunners scoreless but was able to get nine of 18 batters faced to ground out.
The freshman pitcher was also impressive at the plate, finishing 3-for-4 with an RBI and run scored.
Along with Lyles, three other Mavs finished with multi-hit performances including Hulme, Collom and Zink. As a team, UT Arlington scattered 12 hits compared to the Roadrunners two.
Similar to game one, UTA attacked the Roadrunners early plating two runs on two hits and one error in the first. Lyles led the inning with a double down the left field line which made way for Hulme's eighth home run of the season.
UT Arlington's hot bats continued in the third inning as the Mavericks plated three runs on two hits and an error. One of the two hits came off the bat of sophomore Charne Office who recorded her first career solo home run.
Hulme (8-6) who started for the Mavericks in game two held the Roadrunners scoreless through three and one third innings. With two outs, two runs scored and the bases loaded by UTSA, Head Coach Debbie Hedrick brought in Lyles from right field. In grand fashion, Lyles stepped up and ended the inning with a strikeout.
Lyles recorded her second save of the season, pitching 3.1 innings, surrendering one run on five hits.
Offensively the Mavericks were led by Hulme who finished 1-for-2 with a homer, a pair of RBI and run scored.
UT Arlington wraps up their three-game series with the Roadrunners tomorrow at noon at Allan Saxe Field.