May 3, 2015
By Michael Eldridge | @DFWSportsMike
ARLINGTON, Texas -- UT Arlington was unable to hold onto an early lead as Texas State defeated the Mavericks 11-2 on Sunday at Allan Saxe Field.
The Mavericks ended the regular season with a 27-27 record overall and were 8-15 in Sun Belt play. UTA, already having its fate in the conference decided entering the day, finished seventh in the final standings. The Mavs will face six-seed ULM in the SBC Championship first round on Wednesday at 10 a.m.
"We have learned a lot this year, especially in this series," UT Arlington coach Kristie Fox said. "Going into the conference tournament we know who we are. We know the things we have to focus on and we have two days of practice before we head out there. It is a whole new season. A brand new season starts tomorrow."
UTA celebrated the careers of Nina Villanueva and Meagan Michele on Senior Day. The pair helped rewrite the record books during their time with the Mavericks. Villanueva is the current single-season leader for batting average, while Michele is third in single-season home run totals.
"We are definitely going to miss them," Fox said. "Their sticks have been huge for our team. We are definitely going to miss their leadership on the left side of our infield. They really set the foundations for our future and I can't thank them enough."
Michele acknowledged her playing time was winding down with each passing inning. She had to hold back her emotions before Villanueva and her were honored in a postgame ceremony.
"Before the game I was a little emotional but as we started playing I snapped out of it," Michele said. "You try not to think about all of it and just playing the game hard and giving it all you have, but after the game is when all the waterworks come out."
The Mavericks found themselves down early after Texas State plated a run in the opening frame. UTA's response came quick though as one swing of the bat changed momentum.
Mya Anderson knocked her 13th home run of the season to tie for second in single-season history, and is one behind Dee Jay Nelson's mark of 14 in 2007.
UTA held its 2-1 lead into the fifth before the Bobcats pounced at the plate. Texas State scored 10 runs over the final two innings to clinch the third seed in next week's tournament.
Maverick starter Sam Montes fell to 13-14 after pitching five innings. Montes gave up five runs (four earned) and eight hits.