ARLINGTON, Texas - There may not have been a happier person at Allan Saxe Field than first-year coach Peejay Brun as the Maverick softball team opened practice on Wednesday.
UTA has begun the countdown to its Feb. 9 season opener against Syracuse in the LSU Tournament, while the highly anticipated home opener takes place on Feb. 13 against Texas Tech at 3 p.m.
"I am extremely excited," Brun said. "I have been really waiting for the team to get back this morning and seeing them come back in the clubhouse put a big smile on my face and it was great seeing everyone back together. The focus is going to be on getting the reps in. We are going to work on reps on the offense and defensive side."
The Mavs feature an exciting lineup that is returning from their first trip to the postseason since 2003 and are led by NFCA All-Region selection Sandra Mendoza. Mendoza is chasing the program's all-time batting average record, amongst a list of milestones that she is set to achieve in this year's campaign. Mendoza joins Bryanna Datko as the lone seniors on the lineup, while a plethora of returners to the lineup are set for an exciting season on the diamond.
"We have two seniors that have been here for four years in Sandra and Bryanna and we have been really relying on them a lot to get the younger kids and new kids up to par in how things are done at UTA," Brun said. "They have done a great job in rallying the team and bringing them together."
Fellow NFCA All-Region selection Krista Rude - leading the team last year with a .359 batting average - is joined by four other juniors that look to continue the rise of the program in the Sun Belt. UTA reached the league's semifinals last year for the first time.
The slate is filled with an exciting lineup of team's coming to visit Allan Saxe Field. Following the matchup against Texas Tech, UTA will welcome Northwestern State (Feb. 21), DePaul and Sam Houston State over Feb. 23-25, Iowa State (March 13) and leads up to the conclusion of the home campaign against national power Louisiana on April 28-29.
"Fan support is the biggest thing," the UTA skipper said. "It is one of those things where it is like an extra player on the field when we can fill the stands up. I would love to see the crowd show up and hopefully throughout the year we can keep them coming back for more."
HOW TO BUY TICKETS
Full season and single-game tickets to attend UTA baseball and softball events are on sale through the UTA Box Office in person or by calling (817) 272-8585 and online throughUTATickets.com. Season tickets are available for as low as $75 for softball and $75 for baseball. Single-game tickets begin at $6, while tickets for Feb. 27th's date vs. TCU and April 24 vs. OU begin at $10. Tickets for UTA's matchup against Baylor at Globe Life Park on March 6 are $12. UTA students and faculty staff tickets are available for just $5 for a single game or at a reduced rate for season tickets. Visit UTATickets.com for detailed information.
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