March 19, 2010
Arlington, Texas -
UT ARLINGTON (15-10, 6-2) AT NICHOLLS STATE (11-8, 5-4)
Thibodaux, LA -- Colonel Softball Complex
Saturday, March 20, 2010 -- 1 & 3 p.m.
Sunday, March 21, 2010 --12 p.m.
The Mavericks own a 37-25 series record over the Colonels... last season the Mavs took two of three games from Nicholls in Arlington on March 7-8... UTA owns a 20-9 mark in Thibodaux, LA.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
NICHOLLS STATE - The Colonels (11-8, 5-4 Southland) are coming off of a midweek loss at home against South Alabama, losing 6-2 on Tuesday afternoon... On the season, Nicholls is led by sophomore Kayla Watterson at the plate with a .409 batting average... Watterson also leads the team in slugging percentage with a .659 mark... Leading the Colonels in the circle is senior Audrey Wood with a 4-1 record and a 2.02 ERA. Standing atop the team in strikeouts is senior Lacey Gros with 55 in 11 appearances so far this season.
> In conference, the Mavericks are coming off a three game sweep over Central Arkansas.
> UTA has won their last five conference matchups.
> Rebecca Collom has homered in three of the Mavericks last four games and is ranked second on the team with five.
> UT Arlington (6-2) moved up in the Southland Conference standings to third behind Stephen F. Austin (7-2) and Texas State (7-2).
> The Mavs lead the Southland Conference in batting average (.320), slugging percentage (.519), on-base percentage (401), runs batted in (41), home runs (10), total bases (107), and sac bunts (12).
Last Time Out vs. No. 24 Baylor
Rebecca Collom got the Mavericks on the board in the first inning with a two-run home run but it wasn't enough as UT Arlington fell to the Baylor Bears 5-3 Wednesday afternoon at Allan Saxe Field... Collom's two-run homer easily cleared the right field fence, giving UTA an early lead. Collom has homered in three of the Mavericks last four games and is ranked second on the team with five... Freshman pitcher Teri Lyles started with two scoreless innings. Lyles (7-5) pitched her 11th complete game, allowing seven hits and five runs and striking out four... In the third however, the Bears got three runs and added two more over the final four innings. Bears leftfielder Tiffany Wesley connected on a solo home run and finished 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBIs... Erica LeFlore made it a 4-3 ball game after ripping relief pitcher Alicia Vasquez over the center field wall in the fifth frame...Collom finished 2-for-3 and her lone RBI off her home run. She was the only Maverick to have two hits as UTA finished the game with four hits overall.
UTA Completes Sweep Over UCA
The Mavericks took three games from the Bears of Central Arkansas and recorded their fifth straight win in conference action... the Mavs completed the sweep on Sunday with a 5-2 win at Allan Saxe Field... Cara Hulme (8-5) earned the win while Teri Lyles came in for the save... in game one, UTA blasted four home runs to come away with a 7-4 win... Hulme, Heather Fortenberry, Rebecca Collom, and Samantha Chumchal all connected on homers... the Mavericks big bats continued in game two as Collom ripped her second home run of the day while Kelsey Kaiser collected her first of the season... as a team, UT Arlington finished the series with a .363 average, connecting on 29 hits, 21 RBI and six home runs... Cara Hulme recorded a pair of wins while Teri Lyles earned a win and a save.
GOING THE DISTANCE
Only a freshman but going strong for the Mavericks, Teri Lyles has led UT Arlington to seven victories on the mound this season and ranks second on the team in hitting, connecting on 23 hits ... on the hill, the Keller, Texas native splits time with senior Cara Hulme and both have been the Mavs 1-2 punch... she has fanned 51 batters in 92.2 innings pitched and has a 1.66 ERA... twice this season Lyles has pitched into extra innings, going 11 against Wichita State (Feb. 28) and eight over No.14/15 Texas (Mar. 11)... against the Longhorns, Lyles pitched one of her best games only giving up one run on eight hits and striking out two.
DOUBLING UP Senior catcher Samantha Chumchal and preseason all-SLC first team recipient leads the team in doubles with seven and connected on one in every game against Central Arkansas... Chumchal recorded two doubles against Texas State (Feb. 14) at the Texas State Tournament.
SWINGING FOR THE FENCES
In 25 games the Mavericks have connected on 21 home runs, four more homers than they had this time last season... UTA has recorded at least one home run in 13 games and two or more homers in six games... UT Arlington leads the SLC in home runs as they have blasted 10... Cara Hulme leads the team with six bombs.