ARLINGTON, Texas As the calendar flipped over into 2018, the UT Arlington softball team knew it needed to add to its depth chart in the circle. With the addition of Randi Phillips and Alyssa Chavez, the Mavericks have options heading into the campaign.
Phillips, a freshman, joins UTA from Texas A&M, while Chavez is a senior transfer St. Gregory's University.
"It is very important that we have two more pitchers, one was going to be a pretty brutal season," UTA assistant coach Charlotte Morgan said. "I am blessed to have the three of them and to be honest, I couldn't of asked for two better mid-year transfers. They both have come in and worked hard and have done everything that I've asked. They have meshed with the team right away and have gotten along with JoJo as well, they call themselves the three musketeers."
At St. Gregory's University, Chavez played three years and was a two-time selection to the Sooner Athletic Conference All-League team, helping the squad reach the 2016 College World Series. She finished sixth in career wins and shutouts, while also serving as the team captain.
"The transition has been a little tough, but fun at the same time," Chavez said. "The group of girls and coaches make everything easier. They are all very supportive and understanding. Every day at practice, things have been great and it is looking very good. Going into the season like this, it is going very well. From our visit, and the moment we had it we knew that once we got to UTA we would be in the same boat. We are roommates too, so that really helps unwind at the end of the day."
Phillips, playing in the Aggie program during the fall, went to Harleton High School and was a first team All-State selection in all four seasons. She was a Wendy's High School Academic and Athletic Heisman and Max Preps Softball Player of the Year, earning a 69-12 record with 1,058 strikeouts.
"It has been really different," Phillips said. "Texas A&M worked a lot different, but all the girls have been really helpful and the girls have been really helping me out. Everyone is super accepting and really nice. I am excited and anxious to see how we play as a team and how we will come together."
HOW TO BUY TICKETS
Full season and single-game tickets to attend UTA baseball and softball events will be on sale on Friday, Dec. 8 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.