May 15, 2010
San Marcos, Texas - SLC Freshman of the Year Teri Lyles saved the Mavs from elimination Friday night at Bobcat Softball Stadium where she recorded the final out of the game, sending Texas A&M-Corpus Christi packing. UT Arlington moves to the next round after a 3-2 win over the Islanders.
The Mavericks improved to 28-24 overall while the Islanders wrapped up their season at 35-22.
Recording her first start since May 1, senior Cara Hulme (14-10) collected the win, tossing 6.2 innings, allowing two runs on eight hits while striking out five.
UT Arlington scored all three of their runs in the top of the second following hits from senior Heather Fortenberry, Courtney Enocksen and Courtney Zink. Fortenberry led off the inning with a single to left field, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Brittany Washington and scored on an Enocksen double to the right-center gap.
The inning continued when Kelsey Kaiser followed with a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. With runners now on second and third, second basemen Zink connected on her first triple of the season with a shot to the right-center gap, scoring Enocksen and Kaiser.
With UT Arlington leading 3-0, A&M-Corpus Christi's head coach called to his bullpen and brought in Margo Hurdt. Hurdt ended the Mavs scoring rally with a fly out.
Hulme and the Maverick defense was rock solid through six innings. UTA was able to get the Islanders to leave nine runners stranded including two in the seventh.
The Islanders one run in the fourth came off the bat of Sandy Schumann who lined a shot just over the left field wall.
As the Mavs headed into the bottom of the seventh things got interesting. UTA recorded the first to outs on back-to-back ground outs but an error by UTA's left fielder put the Islanders in scoring position. TAMU-CC's Caley Jeter delivered with a double over the left fielder's head, scoring a run. The Islanders kept the rally going with a base hit to second, putting runners on first and third.
Head Coach Debbie Hedrick came out to the mound where she brought in Lyles from right field. With the pressure in the air, the true freshman stepped on the rubber getting the final out on a strikeout, sending her team to the next round.
Lyles recorded her third save of her career and first in the post season.
As a team, UT Arlington scattered six hits with Fortenberry and Enocksen each collecting two. Enocksend recorded two doubles in the game, putting her at four on the year.
The Mavericks advance to the next round where they will face No. 1 Stephen F. Austin at 12:30 p.m. The Lady Jacks recorded an 8-4 win over Nicholls State earlier in the day.