March 28, 2013
By Andrea Cordori | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The top pitching and offensive staffs in the Western Athletic Conference square off as the Mavericks travel to Ruston, La. for a three-game series against Louisiana Tech.
“I think that they’re a good ball club and whoever shows up to play and makes the least amount of mistakes is the one who’s going to be the one winning those games,” UT Arlington coach Kristie Fox said about the first WAC road opponent. “We’re going to focus on keeping our mistakes down and swinging the bat well like we have been.”
UT Arlington will face the Lady Techsters on Friday in a doubleheader starting at 5 p.m. A single 1 p.m. game is Saturday at the Lady Techster Softball Complex.
The Mavericks (17-13, 2-1 WAC) lead the WAC in team pitching with a 1.89 team ERA, while the Lady Techsters (14-15, 1-2) lead in team batting with a .316 average. LA Tech will face Teri Lyles, who leads the WAC in individual pitching with a 15-5 record and a 1.77 ERA. Callie Collins will also take the circle for the Mavs as the third top pitcher in the WAC with a 2.07 ERA.
Lyles has been named WAC Pitcher of the Week twice already this season and pitched her first career no-hitter on March 3 against Creighton in Arlington. Collins recently notched a career-high 16 strikeouts in a 1-0, eight-inning win over Seattle U on March 22.
The Mavericks will face the No. 2 batter in the WAC in LA Tech’s Kristen Miles. In 85 at-bats, Miles has tagged 35 hits for a .412 average and 20 runs scored. Also in the top 10 for batting for the Lady Techsters is Erin Kipp (eighth) and Melanie Goff (10th). Kipp is batting .363 with 14 runs and 14 RBI, while Goff is batting .349 with 15 hits in 43 at-bats.
This series will mark the first meeting between the teams since UTA fell to LA Tech on March 17 last season. The Mavs dropped the contest 2-1 in Ruston, La. and are now 12-28 all-time against the Lady Techsters.
UT Arlington opened WAC play at home with a 2-1 series victory over Seattle U, while Louisiana Tech dropped the series at New Mexico State, 1-2.