SB: Mavs earn first Sun Belt win in doubleheader split at GSU
April 5, 2014
ATLANTA, Georgia – UT Arlington softball won its first-ever Sun Belt Conference game in splitting a Saturday afternoon doubleheader with Georgia State at Robert E. Heck Softball Complex.
The Mavericks won the opener 3-1 before falling in the nightcap 6-4. UT Arlington is 15-22 overall and 1-7 in the Sun Belt, while the Jaguars are 17-21 and 3-5.
"Playing on the road is never easy," UT Arlington coach Kristie Fox said. "To come out and get the first win was exactly what we needed to do. Unfortunately, we couldn't hold onto the second one.
"I think this third game will be a competitive one and whoever swings the bat better will win."
The Mavericks won the opener on the strength of two home runs and strong pitching performance from Shannon Carrico. UTA struck first, scoring twice in their first at-bat. Nina Villanueva homered to score Marisa Datko, who was hit by a pitch earlier in the inning.
Datko crossed the plate again in the sixth, but she supplied the power this time with a home run to left for a 3-1 lead.
Carrico (7-7) went the distance in earning the win and evening her record. The sophomore allowed five hits and one unearned run, while striking out six and not issuing a walk.
The Mavericks were up 4-1 going into the bottom of the fourth in Game 2 before Georgia State scored five answered runs.
Megan Michele gave UTA a quick 2-0 lead with a two-run bomb in the first inning. Jolene Schaefer added a run-scoring single in the second and Villanueva walked with the bases loaded in the fourth to give the Mavericks a three-run cushion.
UTA starter Callie Collins ran out of gas after five innings, surrendering four runs on four hits. Carrico (7-8) was touched up for two runs (one earned) in the sixth and took the loss.
The series concludes with a Sunday rubber game at 11 a.m. CT.