SB: Mavs drop Day 1 vs. No. 16 Louisiana
April 26, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas – UT Arlington softball dropped both games in Saturday's doubleheader against No. 16 Louisiana at Allan Saxe Field. The Mavericks fall to 20-28 overall and 4-12 in Sun Belt action.
"We didn't have quality at-bats with our runners in scoring position that first game. We had some opportunities and we weren't able to push them across," UT Arlington coach Kristie Fox said. "Their pitchers did a good job mixing up speed.
"In the second game, the pitcher was throwing a lot harder than we've seen in a while and it took us until the fifth inning to adjust, but we need to make those adjustments earlier in the game."
The Mavericks and the Cajuns return to Allan Saxe Field on Sunday at 1 p.m. for the finale of the three-game series.
Louisiana 7, UT Arlington 0
Senior Callie Collins picked up her 11th loss of the season after starting Game 1 versus the Ragin' Cajuns. Louisiana stepped out to an early 2-0 lead on one hit in the top of the first inning. Louisiana scored four runs on four hits and one error in the second inning to lead 6-0.
The Mavericks held the Cajuns scoreless in the third, but Louisiana score on a solo shot over the left-field wall in the fourth inning.
Louisiana 13, UT Arlington 0 (5)
Freshman Brittany May made her fourth start of the season and gave up 15 hits in the loss. After two scoreless innigs, Louisiana scored five runs off of six hits and one Maverick error in the top of the third. ULL extended its lead to 12-0 in the fourth with seven runs off six hits.
Fox made some defensive changes in the fifth inning with Mallory Foster playing right field, Holly Murphree playing second base, Shelbi Sikes played third base and Riley Fira moving to catcher from the designated player spot.
Foster picked grabbed the first hit for the Mavericks on a infield single in the fifth inning to end Louisiana's perfect game. Jasmine Tanksley doubled down the left-field line, but UTA was unable to score.