BOONE, N.C. - The flood gates opened as UTA scored 13 runs over the final three innings and used a season-high in hits to down Appalachian State 14-3 at Sywassink/Lloyed Family Stadium on Sunday.
The Mavericks (26-22, 12-12 Sun Belt) knocked 20 hits for the first time since hitting 25 in 2011, besting the previous season high of 16 achieved against ULM earlier in the campaign. App State fell to 14-21 in its final home Sun Belt series.
"We had a difficult day yesterday, we did not execute and it seemed like the ball would just not bounce our way," UTA coach Kristie Fox said. "Last night we discussed our character and values as a team and got back to basics. I really like the way they bounced back and competed today and created their own luck."
Krista Rude, Whitney Walton and Bri Burchianti each had a trio of hits on the day. Rude came around to score two, while Walton had two runs scored and three RBI. Sandra Mendoza, Aileen Garcia, Shelbi Sikes and Laura Curry each knocked a pair of hits. Mendoza led the two-hit group with two runs scored and a RBI.
Sam Clakley worked around a tight strike zone to earn her 20th win of the season, tied for seventh in single-season history, as she ran her overall record to 20-12. Clakley struck out one in her six-inning outing, allowing six hits and three earned runs. Mariah Denson pinched a quiet final frame with one strikeout and a hit allowed.
"Sam continues to mature on the mound and she wants the ball in her hand with the game on the line," Fox said. "Today she battled through adversity and gave us the outing we needed from her."
After starting slow in Saturday's doubleheader, the Mavs wasted no time crossing the plate with the opening run of the game. A double by Garcia in the second was helped along by Burchianti's pinch-hit RBI single.
The Mountaineers scored three in the fourth to take a brief advantage, highlighted by a two-run homer with two outs, but the lead was short lived as the Mavs would send three runs across in the fifth and sixth innings.
Walton's RBI single with no outs started off the scoring as Mendoza came around to cross home. Garcia sent one deep to center to bring in Rude on a sac fly and Walton closed out the offense in the fifth by running in on a wild pitch. The sixth was highlighted by a hard-hit liner that bounced off the top of the left-field wall from Walton to bring home two.
Wright belted a solo shot to start off the seventh on the first of eight hits in the inning as the Mavs put up a seven spot to close out the weekend.
UTA ends the regular season with five games at home beginning with a doubleheader on Tuesday against Houston in nonconference play. The Mavs then host rival Texas State in a three-game series that opens on Friday.
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