Feb. 1, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas – The UT Arlington softball program opened the doors on its 3,500 sq. foot indoor facility Thursday ahead of its season opener Feb. 15 in Orlando, Fla.
The facility contains interchangable batting cages, pitching area and the ability for interchangable settings that allow for an open practice when necessary.
“The UT Arlington indoor hitting facility is top if the line,” UT Arlington coach Kristie Fox said. “We are so excited to be able to use theses cages on a daily basis.
“The immediate impact it has made on our player development and efficiency at practice is monumental. It is a proud moment when we can show the product of the commitment being made to our sport.”
Senior infielder/outfielder Kallan Thompson said that the indoor facility gives the team an opportunity to hit during any weather conditions.
“It’s such an advantage,” Thompson said. “When we have bad weather we get to use it. Before we weren’t able to. We also use it before practice because we are able to set up different hitting stations, pitching, everything.”
The indoor facility gives players the ability to make up for lost practice time or during times when Allan Saxe Field is not available.
The indoor facility opened in time for the Mavericks one and only season in the Western Athletic Conference. UT Arlington moves into the Sun Belt Conference next season.
UTA begins the 2013 season Feb. 15 at the UCF Holiday Inn Select in Orlando, Fla. The Mavericks face Buffalo at 8:30 a.m. in the first game followed by UCF at 12:30 p.m. The first home dates are March 1-3 in the Hilton Tournament at Allan Saxe Field.
Season tickets are on sale at UTAtickets.com.