April 12, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas - UT Arlington and Troy split a Sun Belt Conference doubleheader on Saturday at Allan Saxe Field to begin a three-game series.
The Mavericks (17-24, 2-9 SBC) picked up a 2-1 decision in Game 1 before losing 5-4 in Game 2. UTA and Troy (18-26-2, 2-9) moved up their finale on Sunday to 11 a.m. due to anticipated bad weather in the area.
"I like the battle in the group," UT Arlington coach Kristie Fox said. "We never felt like we were out of the game. We kept competing at the plate and finally some things came together for us in that last inning (of Game 2). We came up a little short, but having that production in the last inning makes me feel good heading into tomorrow."
Game 1: UT Arlington 2, Troy 1 | (Final Stats)
UT Arlington left eight on base overall, but a strong performance in the circle from senior Callie Collins helped lift the Mavericks over Troy 2-1.
Collins improved to 9-9 after striking out seven in the contest. She allowed just two hits, while walking three.
UTA's offense was able to break through in the third after leaving two in scoring position in the first two innings. Stokes hit a single over the second baseman's glove to score Marisa Datko and Britnea Barilli.
The Trojans looked to tie the game in the seventh, but after placing a runner on first with two out, she was picked off to end the game.
Game 2: Troy 5, UTA Arlington 4 | (Final Stats)
UT Arlington's rally fell short in Game 2 as the Mavericks lost 5-4 to the Trojans.
Trailing 5-1 entering the final inning, UTA scored three runs. Stokes helped get the rally started with a two-run single with the bases loaded.
Jolene Schaefer continued the bid when she grounded out, adding another run to UTA's tally.
Shannon Carrico fell to 7-10 after giving up five runs (four earned). Carrico struck out five.