April 12, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas - UT Arlington was held scoreless in consecutive games for just the second time this season in dropping a doubleheader to Texas State Friday at Allan Saxe Field.
UTA fell 5-0 in the opener, with Texas State knocking in three during the opening four innings. The Mavs fell 2-0 in the conclusion of the doubleheader, leaving 10 on in the team's ninth loss in a row.
"We are one hit away from winning that game," UT Arlington coach Kristie Fox said. "That's one thing we have had problems with all year. As we mature that is going to happen more often but it is frustrating that it is not happening in the now and I think the girls are feeling that. So we are just focused on the fact that we are just one hit away from breaking that game wide open."
Nina Villanueva continued her hitting streak, pushing it to seven games. Villanueva had three hits in game one and then followed that up with a hit in game two.
Game 1: Texas State 5, UT Arlington 0
The Mavericks had an opportunity to get on the board in their first at bat. Britnea Barilli double with one out and had a chance to score on a Nina Villanueva single to left. However, Texas State's Kelli Baker threw out Barilli in a close play at the plate.
Texas State capitalized on the opportunity in the second to push its first run across the plate. Coralee Ramirez reached on an error from UTA's shortstop, stole second and then scored on a single.
The Bobcats added a pair of runs in the fourth to expand their lead to three on a two-out rally. Brooke Baker had one of Texas State's five steals in the game to reach second, and scored two batters later on a single from Kelli Baker to center field that scored two.
Macie Hair gave Texas State a lead-off single in the sixth and then scored on a one-out single from K. Baker. Baker advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on the next pitch on a single.
UTA finished with six hits in the contest, three coming from Villanueva. Barilli, Meagan Michele and Jolene Schaefer each added a hit. Teri Lyles (15-8) threw 7.0 innings, striking out four and giving up three earned runs.
Game 2: Texas State 2, UT Arlington 0
The Mavericks found themselves down 2-0 after three innings after Texas State pushed a run across the plate in second and third.
UTA put runners on the corners in the fourth inning after a Rachel Forshaw single and Rebecca Stokes reached on a bunt. Britnea Barilli would walk to load the bases with two outs, but Taylor Zink popped out to shortstop to end the threat.
A controversial call in the sixth inning eliminated a scoring chance for UTA. Forshaw was ruled out at second on a steal attempt. After being called safely originally, the umpires ruled her out after a brief conversation. UTA would strand two in the inning after a running grab by the Texas State left fielder.
"It's the only thing they can control," Fox said. "Not a lot of calls get overturned but when it does it suprises me a lot."
The Mavs would leave 10 on base in the game on the way to a 2-0 loss.
Texas State and UT Arlington conclude its series Saturday at 1 p.m.