Softball splits with McNeese State
April 30, 2011
Arlington, Texas - The UT Arlington softball team opened their series against McNeese State with a 3-2 nine inning victory but suffered a 1-0 11 inning loss in game two.
UT Arlington wraps up the three game series tomorrow with a 12 p.m. start at Cowgirl Diamond in Lake Charles, LA.
With the score knotted up at 2-2 heading into the ninth, freshman Taylor Zink connected on her first collegiate career home run to put the Mavericks on top 3-2. Zink was the only UTA player to have a multi-hit performance, finishing 2-for-4 with a home run, double and two runs scored.
Sophomore Teri Lyles led the Mavericks in the pitching circle and improved her record to 13-10 overall. Lyles pitched 6.2 innings and allowed zero runs on three hits and struck out three. True freshman Callie Collins started in the circle but after a rough start was pulled after giving up two runs on three hits in 2.1 innings of work.
McNeese State took a 2-0 advantage following a pair of home runs in the second. The two runs were the only runs the Mavericks would allow the rest of the game.
UTA made it a 2-1 game in the fifth following a bases loaded walk to Charne Office. The Mavericks tied the game at 2-2 in the seventh when a Courtney Zink ground ball to second base scored pinch runner Kallan Thompson from third.
T. Zink's homer in the ninth secured the win for the Mavericks.
McNeese State 1, UT Arlington 0 (11 innings)
With the international rule in effect in the bottom of the 11th, the Cowgirls advanced the runner placed at second to third on a sacrifice bunt. A single through the left side by Terracina scored the game winning run for McNeese.
T. Zink was the lone Maverick to connect on a hit in the setback. Zink finished 1-for-3 with a double. The Mavericks struggled offensively only getting one runner on base in the game.