SB: Mavs avoid sweep in walk-off win
April 13, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas – UT Arlington ended a nine-game losing streak with a walkoff sacrifice fly by Taylor Zink in the eighth to beat Texas State 1-0 at Allan Saxe Field on Saturday.
The Mavericks improved to 18-21 and 3-9 in the Western Athletic Conference by taking the finale of the three-game series. The Bobcats are 11-30 and 6-5.
Scoreless through seven innings, Rebecca Stokes started off the bottom of the eighth with a leadoff single to right. Jolene Schaefer would walk and Britnea Barilli singled two batters later to load the bases with one out.
Zink came to the plate with a chance to give UTA its first run of the weekend, after being held scoreless in the first two games of the series.
“I struggled all weekend and coach said that none of that mattered,” Zink said. “Rebecca got a hit to start the inning and it set the tone for the inning.”
Zink sent a hard hit ball to right field that was caught by Texas State, however Stokes scored the a game-winning run to end UTA’s losing streak.
“It felt good that somebody came up clutch when the game was on the line,” UT Arlington coach Kristie Fox said. “We just needed that one hit and finally we got it, and hopefully we can build on that and continue to get the hit when it matters.”
UTA starting pitcher Teri Lyles (16-8) held the Bobcats scoreless through eight innings, striking out three and giving up just five hits. Barilli would lead the team with two hits.
The Bobcats had an opportunity to push a run across the plate in the sixth inning with a runner on second. Kelli Baker singled to short left field, however Stokes would fire home and Rachel Forshaw tagged the runner out at home.
The Mavs hit the road for their next Western Athletic Conference series, traveling to San Jose State for a three-game set beginning on Friday.