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Mavericks Destroy Bearkats in Day One of Series

Samantha Chumchal led the Mavs offense finishing 2-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBI in game one.
Samantha Chumchal led the Mavs offense finishing 2-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBI in game one.

April 17, 2010

Huntsville, Texas - In two games, the UT Arlington Mavericks combined for 22 hits and 15 runs which led to two shutout wins over Sam Houston State on Saturday afternoon at Bearkat Stadium in Huntsville. Not only did the Mavs improve their record to 25-17, 15-7 but they also extended their win streak to six games. UTA has recorded 11 shutout wins this season.

Prior to the Mavs meeting against Sam Houston State, they connected on only one home run in their last eight games but the Mavericks big bats came alive this afternoon, as they blasted a total of four homers in both games.

UTA's pitching duo of senior Cara Hulme (13-8) and true freshman Teri Lyles (12-9) remain solid on the mound, each allowing only five hits and zero runs in each of their appearances.

Lyles took the mound in game one where she recorded her 18th complete game and for the ninth time this season held her opponents scoreless. The true freshman not only put in work on the mound but did so at the plate, connecting on her first career home run in game one in the third frame. Lyles finished the game 2-for-4 with three RBI and one run scored.

Similar to Lyles in game one, Hulme also pulled double duty on the mound and at the plate in game two lifting the Mavs past the Bearkats in extra frames. In the ninth, Hulme connected on her ninth homer of the season which sparked a five run inning. The senior hurler finished the game 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored.

On the mound, Hulme held Sam Houston State scoreless through nine innings and was one strikeout shy of tying her season high of 13 K's.

In game one, UT Arlington got off to a quick start scoring two runs in the first, three in the third, one in the fifth and four in the seventh. The Mavs were all over Sam Houston State's pitching staff as five UTA players' recorded multi-hit performances.

As a team, UTA connected on 12 hits with first basemen Rebecca Collom, Samantha Chumchal and Lyles each recording home runs. Chumchal led the Mavs offense finishing 2-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBI.



Sam Houston State had plenty of chances to score but the Mavs pitching and defense remained solid, as the Bearkats left nine runners stranded.

Unlike game one it took the Mavericks a little longer to get adjusted to SHSU's pitching but the Mavs continued to fight and remained composed knowing their one big inning would come. That one inning came in the ninth when Hulme helped her cause blasting a solo shot with one out. The rest of the Mavs followed Hulme's led and ripped five hits, scoring four more runs.

After securing a five run lead, Hulme finished off the Bearkats with a three up, three down inning.

Despite a scoreless eight innings, UTA connected on 10 hits with Hulme, Heather Fortenberry and Erica LeFlore each recording multi-hit performances.

The Mavs will look for their second consecutive series shutout tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Bearkat Stadium.


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