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ARLINGTON, Texas - The highly anticipated home opener is upon UT Arlington softball as it welcomes Texas Tech to Allan Saxe Field on Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m.
The Mavericks are coming off an impressive 3-1 start at the Tiger Classic, the lone blemish on the schedule against No. 8 LSU. The Mavs picked up wins against Syracuse, UMass and Southern Miss to close out the opening weekend of 2018.
JoJo Valencia led UTA in the circle, picking up a pair of wins and a save in three appearances, allowing just one earned run in 15.1 inning pitched. The Maverick offense flexed its depth with a strong showing. Whitney Walton led the way with a .308 batting averaging, knocking a hit in all four games. Aileen Garcia provided the power with a homer that helped spark the comeback against Southern Miss. The first baseman tied with Sandra Mendoza for a team-high three RBI.
Mendoza also had a milestone achievement, moving up to a tie for fourth in runs scored in her career. After crossing the dish three times, she tied Katy Hermann with 116.
HOW TO WATCH/FOLLOW
Tuesday's home opener is available on Maverick All-Access. The subscription based stream is $9.99 a month. All of UTA's home games at Allan Saxe Field will be available on Maverick All-Access, with tournament play featuring neutral games provided with a video only (no audio) format. Josh Sours, the Voice of the Mavs, is on the call for Tuesday afternoon.
Mendoza needs 1 double to move into 3rd alone as she has 37 in her career. She is 3 away from passing into second. She is 3 RBI short of entering the career RBI totals for a tie for 9th as she has 83 in her career.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Tuesday's game marks the first at home for UTA first-year skipper Peejay Brun.
Sandra Mendoza needs one double to move into third alone as she has 37 in her career. She is three away from passing Tami Martens (80-83) for second. She is three RBI short of entering the career RBI totals for a tie for ninth as she has 83 in her career.
HEAD COACH Peejay Brun
UTA coach Peejay Brun enters her first season at the helm of the Mavericks. Brun owns a 69-34-1 all-time record as a head coach after two seasons at Hawaii-Hilo.
Brun brings 19 years of collegiate coaching experience to the Mavericks program, including six as a head coach. For nine of the last 11 seasons, she has served as an assistant coach at Texas State University.
A 1994 graduate of the University of Hawai'i, Brun comes to UTA following one season in her second stint as an assistant at Texas State after serving as the head coach at the University of Hawai'i at Hilo for two years. She led UH Hilo to a 63-33-1 overall record, a 41-19-1 record in the PacWest Conference.
Brun developed a NFCA All-America selection, eight all-league honorees and two all-region selections at UH Hilo. Eighteen student-athletes under her direction earned all-PacWest academic honors and six were named NFCA Academic All- America.
LAST TIME OUT
The Mavericks opened the 2018 campaign with an impressive 3-1 start in the Tiger Classic hosted by No. 8 LSU. The lone loss came to the nationally ranked Tigers in a Friday night contest that saw UTA lead the first three innings before LSU opened the flood gates to score 9 unanswered. UTA knocked off Syracuse in the season opener by a 1-0 score. Cy'Andria Newton provided the lone score with a double in the second.
UTA went down 4-0 to Southern Miss in the finale before mounting a comeback. Aileen Garcia knocked UTA's only HR of the weekend to make it 4-2 before an 18-hour rain delay. UTA had bases load when the rain came down, and took advantage with a walk in the first at-bat back. Melanie Mendoza provided the go-ahead single to score two and her sister Sandra provided insurance in the next frame to help UTA win 6-4.
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