April 10, 2010
Arlington, Texas - It wasn't easy but the UT Arlington Mavericks handled their business Saturday afternoon at Allan Saxe Field, as they handed the top team in the Southland Conference-Stephen F. Austin a pair of shutout losses.
It took the Mavs a few more innings to get the job done in game one but were victories, winning 1-0. UTA kept the momentum going heading into game two, capturing a 5-0 win.
The wins improved the Mavericks to 21-17 overall and 12-7 in conference action while SFA dropped to 20-11 and 13-4.
The highlight of game one was a solo bomb by power hitter Samantha Chumchal in the ninth inning. It was Chumchal's second hit of the game and fifth homer of the season. The senior catcher's home run couldn't have come at a more perfect time as the international tie breaker rule was soon to be enforced.
True freshman Teri Lyles (10-9) has been no stranger to extra innings, pitching twice this season in seven plus frames. Lyles was solid through nine innings, allowing zero runs on four hits while fanning six and only walking one. In 31 batters faced, Lyles was able to get the LadyJacks to ground out nine times and fly out eight times.
SFA's hurler Monika Covington (8-6) was solid as well but the Mavs managed to connect on two hits. Rebecca Collom was the other Maverick to record a hit. UT Arlington had to chance to score in the second and in the eighth frames but were unable to connect on any runs leaving five runners stranded.
Offensively, UT Arlington was led by Chumchal who went 2-for-4 with a RBI and run scored.
Unlike game one, the Mavericks had absolutely no problem connecting on hits and driving in runs.
After Cara Hulme (11-8) closed out the top of the first, it didn't take long for UTA to jump on SFA's pitcher Angela White (11-5). The Mavs exploded in the bottom first, connecting on three hits and driving in four runs. Collom, Lyles and Kelsey Kaiser all recorded hits in the inning.
Hulme followed Lyles lead in game two and continued UTA's dominating pitching. Hulme recorded her third shutout victory of the season, pitching a complete game, allowing zero runs on six hits and striking out nine.
UTA drove in their fifth run of the game in the fifth after four Mavs connected on hits. Lyles recorded her second hit of the game while Erica LeFlore, Brittany Washington and Kaiser also collected hits. Kaiser once again was clutch, knocking in her third RBI of the game on a single to right field.
The Mavericks scattered 12 hits compared the SFA's six and five Mavs finished with multi-hit performances, including Collom who recorded three hits. UTA wraps up their three game series with the LadyJacks tomorrow at noon.