RECORD EIGHT HOME RUNS GIVES MAVS TWO WINS OVER ISLANDERS
April 6, 2007
ARLINGTON, Texas - Seven players hit eight home runs to give UT Arlington softball the two game sweep of Texas A&M Corpus Christi. The Mavs won 7-0 with five home runs in game one and went on to win the nightcap 10-2 with three home runs. With the wins UTA improves to 26-11 overall on the season and 13-4 in the Southland Conference.
In game one, senior Dee Jay Nelson put the Mavs on the board in the bottom of the first with a 2-RBI homer to center field, her ninth of the season, scoring Jones who reached on a walk. Two batters later Swofford hit her second home run in as many games to give UTA the 3-0 lead.
Center fielder April Clougherty reached in the bottom of the second on a double to the center field wall and scored on a single from Jones to drive UTA's lead to four.
Freshman Brittany Washington hit her fifth home run of the season to put the Mavs up 5-0.in the bottom of the fourth. Third baseman Courtney Anderson added run number six to the board on her first home run of the season in the bottom of the fourth.
As the leadoff batter in the bottom of the fifth, Heather Fortenberry hit her sixth home run of the season to give UTA the 7-0 advantage. Fortenberry also went the distance on the mound for her tenth win of the season and fourth shutout. In seven innings of work, Fortenberry gave up just two hits while striking out four.
Katie Jones got the second game started with a lead off home run to give UTA the early 1-0 advantage.
The Islanders took a one-run lead (2-1) in the top of the third on a home run from center fielder Amber Robinson to score Erica Armenta who reached on a single to left field. The Mavs reclaimed the lead 3-2 in the bottom half of the inning when Jones scored from first on a double to left field from Courtney Anderson followed by a single to right center from Nelson to plate Anderson.
In the bottom of the fourth, pinch hitter Courtni Anderson hit a double to drive in Washington and Swofford who both singled to start off the inning. Catcher Amanda Brown hit a grand slam, her first of the season, in the bottom of the fifth to drive UTA's lead to seven (9-2).
Jones hit her second home run of the game in the bottom of the sixth to end the game 10-2.
Laura Jones took the win in game two to improver her record to 10-4. In six innings of work, Jones gave-up four hits, while striking out six and walking none.
The Mavs and Islanders will conclude the three game series with a single game on Saturday at noon.