March 30, 2013
RUSTON, La. – Louisiana Tech completed the sweep of UT Arlington by winning 9-3 Saturday at Lady Techster Softball Complex.
Following a two-and-a-half hour rain delay, the Mavericks (17-16, 2-4 WAC) could not hold onto a three-run lead they held after the opening inning. The Lady Techsters (17-15, 4-2) scored seven runs in the first three innnings and took advantage of the Mavs four errors throughout.
“The No. 1 thing I am disappointed with is the errors,” UT Arlington coach Kristie Fox said. “You can’t make nine errors in the series and expect to come out on top. I said before we came here that the team that had the most errors on the weekend would come out losing, and that was us.”
Britnea Barilli helped UTA’s offense come alive in the first. Barilli singled with one out and Rachel Forshaw brought her in on a double. Meagan Michele gave the Mavs back-to-back doubles with a single that traveled down the third base line to score another run and Nina Villanueva singled to right to give UTA a 3-0 lead.
The Lady Techsters responded in the bottom half of the inning. LA Tech took advantage of a throwing error to push two runs across the plate, one coming off a double from Alayna Kipp to right field.
Following a 30-minute rain delay, LA Tech took the lead in the second on a two-run home run over the center field wall from Dacia Hale. A throwing error, the Mavs' third error of the game, extended the second and LA Tech would capitalize to push the lead to 5-3.
“I was disappointed with how the weather situation was handled in the first place, but that gives us no reason to let the momentum shift with the delay,” Fox said. “I didn’t think it was needed, but we can’t let that effect us.”
Louisiana Tech would push a pair of runs across the plate in the third on an error. Two more would come home in the sixth on a single up the middle.
The Mavericks return to action on April 4 when they travel to Las Cruces, N.M. to take on New Mexico State in a Western Athletic Conference series.