SB: Mavs play first conference game of the season

March 22, 2012

ARLINGTON, Texas - The UT Arlington softball team completed tournament play with a 9-10 overall record. The Mavericks began with an 8-4 record after the first three tournaments, but struggled against Binghamton and Texas Tech in the Jeaninne McHaney Memorial Classic.

GAME DAY: The Mavericks host the Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders this weekend to start Southland Conference play. The first of the two-games series is Friday at 6 p.m. at Allan Saxe Field, followed by a 2 p.m. start on Saturday.

THREE IN A ROW TO START: UT Arlington opened the season with three straight victories for the first time since 1993, when the Mavericks began that slate with an 8-0. That team finished with 36 wins (36-23).

RIPE FOR THE PICKING: UT Arlington has been picked to finish third in the 11-team Southland Conference this year according to a preseason vote by the league’s coaches. The Mavericks received one first-place vote and totaled 82 points. Texas State (92) and Texas A&M Corpus-Christi (87) were predicted to place first and second, respectively. The SLC’s SID’s preseason poll had the Mavericks second, behind only Texas State.

HITTING IT HARD: Through 22 games, the Mavericks boast four batters hitting at least .300 with 16 or more at bats. Leading the way is Charne Office hitting .375, closely followed by Stephanie Gonzalez (.318) and Erica LeFlore (.318). Samantha Kennedy is batting an even .300.

IN THE CIRCLE: Teri Lyles and Callie Collins are each 5-6 on the season. Collins’ era is 2.94, closely followed by Lyles’ 2.96. The two picthers combine for an average era of 2.95 in 140 innings pitched.

PLENTY OF PLAYING TIME TO GO AROUND: Through 19 games, UTA has just one player who have started all every game (Stephanie Gonzalez). In addition, just one other (Courtney Enocksen) has played in every game. Thus far, 17 position players have appeared in a contest for the Mavericks.

THE EYES OF TEXAS ARE UPON US: The softball team is playing its first 28 games of the 2012 campaign in the Lone Star State. The team’s first out-of-state contest will be played March 16 at Grambling State, in Grambling, La. In all, the Mavs have 40 of their 50 games in the state of Texas.

PRESEASON ACCOLADES: Sophomore pitcher Callie Collins, the 2011 SLC Pitcher of the Year, was named to the preseason first-team All-Southland Conference team. UTA also had a trio of preseason second-team honorees: sophomore Courtney Zink (3B), senior Courtney Enocksen (SS) and senior Charne Office (OF). In addition, Callie Collins (P) was named the Pitcher of the Year and first-team all-league by College Sports Madness. Erica LeFlore (C) and Charne Office (OF) earned second-team mention.

4 Ls IN HER NAME, BUT LOTS OF Ws ON THE FIELD: As a freshman, pitcher Callie Collins posted an 18-10 record and a 1.72 ERA in 195.1 innings pitched. She racked up the second most strikeouts in the league (200), while holding held her opponents to a .193 batting average. As a result, Collins was named to the 2011 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-Region Second Team, becoming the first UTA player in four years to earn such distinction.




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