Nov. 6, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas – The UT Arlington softball team wrapped up its fall season with returners and newcomers making an impact.
"It was a positive fall for all the players," UT Arlington coach Kristie Fox said. "I think they all got better. We have a bright future, and I'm looking forward to this group competing against other teams.
"Overall, we are a lot more athletic this year. Their strength and conditioning as a whole was much better this year. There is still a lot of competition and time for people to earn a starting spot for the spring."
Junior transfer Mya Anderson led the team with a .447 battering average in 38 at-bats. She had 11 RBI, 17 hits and one home run.
"Coming in as a transfer the team was really nice and welcoming, so the transition has been good for me," Anderson said. "I did what I wanted to do on the field, being a power hitter I was able to bring in runs."
Meagan Michele also saw great success in the batter's box hitting .408 with 16 RBI, 16 runs scored, nine doubles and one home run.
Britnea Barilli and Nina Villanueva carried over their success from the 2013 season. Villanueva led the Mavericks offense last season batting .328 and posted a .349 average this fall, with 11 walks and an on-base percentage of.473. Barilli hit .367 with 12 runs off of 18 hits and seven walks.
"We've been working a lot in the cages during practice so I get to continually work on my swing," Villanueva said. "When I'm up to bat, I try to move runners the best I can. If the ball isn't there, I'm not swinging."
Sophomore Rebecca Stokes found power at the plate with 15 RBI on 13 hits, including five doubles and a grand slam.
"My pitchers had goals coming into the fall season and I think they've done a wonderful job of mentally staying focused on those goals," pitching coach Meagan Denny-White said. "Each one has grown so far. We have some things to work on because we're always trying to get better."
The Mavericks finished the fall with six players hitting better than .300, including freshmen Fira and Mallory Foster.