March 24, 2006

After enduring a week where the UT Arlington softball team had six games cancelled or postponed due to wet playing conditions, the Mavericks will try to stay atop of Southland Conference standings when they host Southeastern Louisiana in a key conference three-game series beginning Saturday with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. and Sunday's single game at noon.

ABOUT THE LADY LIONS: Southeastern Louisiana (7-15, 3-6) will try to vault into the top half of the league standings this weekend after winning the final two games of a three-game series over Louisiana-Monroe last weekend.

SLU has scored a league-low 65 runs over 22 games. The Lady Lions have been led offensively by senior Amy Ford who is batting .333. Freshman shortstop Heather Sherrill lead the team with 12 RBI.

Junior pitcher Rachel Schwartz picked up both wins last weekend over ULM and has a 3.64 ERA in 16 appearances.

ABOUT THE MAVS: The UT-Arlington will try to bounce back from a heartbreaking 5-4 loss at Northwestern State last Saturday.

Leading 4-2 in the seventh inning, the Lady Demons scored three runs in the bottom of the inning to walk off for the come-from-behind victory.

UT Arlington enters the weekend with a half-game lead over Texas State in the league standings.

Offensively, the Mavericks need just 14 runs to match last season's total (120). The 47 extra base hits in 23 games is two more than a year ago (45 in 43 games)

Over the last eight games, UTA is scoring 5.3 runs per game and averaging a .272 team batting average.

GARRO CLIMBS UP STANDINGS: Senior lefthander Jill Garro (Bulverde, Texas) leads the Southland Conference with a 1.20 ERA after posting two wins at Nicholls State and a win over Texas Southern. Garro (8-5) is tied for fifth on the career wins list with the win over TSU on March 14. She is fifth on the career innings pitched list with 585.2. Garro already moved into fifth place on the career strikeout list and has 438 career Ks heading into Saturday's game. She will move into fourth place with 80 strikeouts and third with 89 more.

Garro, was named the Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year for the week of March 7 after allowing one earned run in an 11-inning complete game decision and followed with two innings of relief for the win in a doubleheader sweep against McNeese State on March 4.

Garro shut down Loyola Marymount in the Mavs' 10-0 win in the championship game of the Paradise Classic.

KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES: UTA boasts not one, but two Joneses on the squad. Sophomore Katie Jones (Cedar Hill, Texas) started seven games at the Paradise Classic Tournament in Hawaii in the field and sophomore pitcher Laura Jones (Rogue River, Ore.) went 2-0 opening weekend with two complete-game performances in Hawaii.

Jones (4-2) moved into top five in SLC in ERA at 1.91 after a near-perfect game in her last outing - a 3-0 win over Texas Southern on March 14. Jones allowed a two-out single to left field in the top of the seventh inning to break up the gem.

MORE NAME GAMES: UTA has two Andersons on the squad - Courtni and Courtney. It is easy to separate them with Courtney being the Mavs' regular third baseman and Courtni behind the plate at catcher.

AUTUMN IN SPRING: Senior outfielder Autumn Petrino (Rowlett, Texas) was named the Hawai'i Paradise Classic Tournament MVP after batting .462 with 12 hits and eight RBI. She was also named to the Southland Conference Player of the Week Honor Roll. Batting .200 (12 of 60) since Paradise Hawaii Classic.

Petrino's two RBIs against Texas Southern moved her into a tie for third on the career list with Shelley Bulin who had 92 RBI from 1981-84.

MORE ACCOLADES: Sophomore April Clougherty (Dallas, Texas) joined Petrino on the all-tournament team in Hawaii after batting .350 in eight games.

TAKING THE EXTRA BASE: UTA mustered just 45 extra-base hits in 2005. After 23 games, the Mavs have 47 extra base hits. UTA averaged fewer than 3.0 runs per game in 2005 and through 20 games are averaging 4.6 runs per game.

UP NEXT: UTA will play eight games in nine days next week. After this weekend's three-game series, the Mavs host Louisiana Tech in a doubleheader Wednesday, March 29, at 4 p.m., and then will travel to Sam Houston State in a three-game weekend series.

* Amanda Swofford is tied for team lead in runs scored (15), leads team in batting percentage (.347), doubles (8), walks (14) and sacrifice flies (2). She has hit safely in 14 of 15 games. * Four players have started every game so far this season - Amanda Swofford, Jenna Fortune, Autumn Petrino. * UTA leads the Southland Conference in defense with a .967 fielding percentage. * UTA is averaging 5.8 runs per game during the past six games. * Katie Jones 8-for-17 (.470) over the last six games. Her only home run of career was solo home run off Texas' Cat Osterman earlier this year. * Dee Jay Nelson is currently on a career-best 10-game hitting streak. She has seven multi-hit games this season... batting .421 (8 of 19) during the past six games. * Adika Snider has started four of the past five games at third base. She struck out five times at Nicholls State and has 14 strikeouts in 26 official at-bats.




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