SB: Mavs open home SBC play with WKU
March 28, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas - UT Arlington softball hosts WKU this weekend to begin the Mavericks' first Sun Belt Conference home series.
The Mavericks open their first home conference series with a three-game stint starting with a doubleheader Saturday at 1 p.m. against WKU. The Mavericks close the series with a single game Sunday at 1 p.m. against the Lady Toppers.
The Mavericks (14-18, 0-3 SBC) and the Lady Toppers (20-10-1, 3-0 SBC) square off this weekend for the first time in program history.
SCOUTING WKU: The Lady Toppers are 20-10-1 overall and 3-0 in Sun Belt Conference action after sweeping Troy to open league play. Senior Olivia Watkins is third in batting average (.452) and third in runs scored (27) in the SBC. Watkins has 27 stolen bases to lead the league. WKU features three other batters hitting over .300, while there pitching staff combines for a 2.38 ERA.
AT THE PLATE: The team has dropped below the .300 mark after a weekend sweep from South Alabama. Sophomore Jolene Schaefer is leading the Mavericks with a .279 batting average, along with 24 hits and 11 runs. Junior Nina Villanueva leads the team with 23 RBI, while raking up 26 hits.
HOMEBODIES: The Mavericks are at their best when playing at Allan Saxe Field with a 7-3 home record so far this season. Six players hit over .300 when at home, but sophomore Rebecca Stokes leads the team with a .414 batting average with 12 hits and 11 RBI.
COUNTING HOMERS: Nina Villanueva (4), Jolene Schaefer (3), Britnea Barilli (3), Rebecca Stokes (2), Shelbi Sikes (2), Meagan Michele (2), Jasmine Tanksley (1), Kacey Everett (1-grand slam), Holly Murphree (1).
SECOND YEAR UNDER FOX: UT Arlington begins its second season under coach Kristie Fox. Fox helped the Mavs improve from a 15-26 record in 2012 to a 25-28 record in 2013. Fox, a former All-American, was a two-time national champion at Arizona and an assistant coach at Texas Tech prior to accepting the position with the Mavericks.