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April 3, 2009

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GAME #32-34

Sam Houston State (14-17, 7-8) at UT Arlington (14-17, 10-8)
Saturday, April 4, 2009 @ 2 & 4 p.m.
Sunday, April 5, 2009 @ 1 p.m.

When: Saturday, April 4 @ 2 & 4 p.m. / Sunday, April 5 @ 1 p.m.
Where: Allan Saxe Field
Live Stats: Available

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All-Time Record: SHSU leads the all-time series, 4-3
Last Meeting: UTA won, 9-2 on March 30, 2008 in Huntsville, Texas
Last UTA Victory: UTA won, 9-2 on March 30, 2008 in Huntsville, Texas
Current Streak: Mavericks won the last meeting against the Bearkats

- The Bearkats enter the three-game series against the Mavericks on a three-game skid. SHSU dropped a pair of non-conference matches against University on Houston on Wednesday, April 1 at the Bearkat Softball Complex.

- Sam Houston State fell to 14-17 overall and looks to improve on its 7-8 SLC mark.

- On the mound, the Bearkats are led by Morgan Mikulin and Brandi Crnkovic who each have recorded six victories.

- Hailey Wiginton leads the Bearkats offense with a .320 average, connecting on a team-high 33 hits and six doubles.

vs. NORTHWESTERN STATE (March 21-22)
Game 1: UTA hurler's Cara Hulme and Heather Fortenberry led the Mavericks to a pair of Southland Conference victories on the road at Stephen F. Ausitn on Saturday, March 28 at Hoya Field. The Mavs collected a 2-1 win in game one and secured a 6-4 victory in game two.

In game on, Hulme (8-10) led the Mavs on the mound, pitching a complete game, allowing only one run on three hits while fanning nine batters.

UTA was held scoreless through five innings and was trailing 1-0 after Benet Higgs connected on a home run to left field in the bottom of the third inning. Hulme helped the Mavericks offense with a two-run blast over the left field fence in the sixth frame.

Game 2: Fortenberry (5-5) did the work on the mound for UTA, pitching a complete game, allowing four runs on six hits and striking out five.

UTA found itself in a 3-0 deficit in the bottom of the first inning after SFA's Briana Bishop connected on a three-run homer to left field.

Hulme's home run in the second brought the Mavericks within two and a costly error in the top of the third frame by the Lady Jacks scored Brittany Washington which made the score, 3-2.

The Mavericks continued the scoring rally in the top of the fourth, plating three runs on four hits. Samantha Chumchal led off with a single to left center and scored on a Washington sacrifice fly to right field. Kelsey Kaiser followed with a single to center field and came around to score on a Jaimee Stinson double. Stinson crossed home plate after Fortenberry singled to right.

UTA held SFA scoreless through four innings and led 5-3 heading into the bottom of the sixth. The Lady Jacks added a solo run in the sixth following an RBI-double by Ashley Struchtemeye, making the score 5-4. With runners in scoring position, Fortenberry buckled down and ended the inning with a strikeout.

The Mavericks added an insurance run in the top of the seventh when Fortenberry doubled down the left field line and scored on a Rebecca Collom single.

Game 3: An outstanding over-the-shoulder running catch by left-fielder Kelsey Kaiser ended the game with a the tying run on third base as the Mavericks went on to record a 3-2 win against Stephen F. Austin on Sunday, March 29. The win improved the Mavs to 14-17 overall and 10-8 in conference action.

Cara Hulme (9-10) recorded the win on the hill for UTA, pitching a complete game, allowing two runs on five hits and striking out seven batters.

Courtney Zink, Samantha Chumchal, Whitney Simpson and Brittany Washington each collected a hit while Simpson and Hulme recorded an RBI.

The Lady Jacks attacked the Mavs first in the bottom of the second when Kim Daley homered to center field, making the score 1-0.

UTA connected on two runs on one hit in the top of the third frame following an RBI single by Simpson and a sacrifice fly to right field by Hulme, giving the Mavericks a 2-1 advantage.

SFA came right back in the bottom half of the inning, connecting on back-to-back doubles which plated a solo run, tying the game at 2-2. Zink saved the Mavericks in the top of the fourth with a two-out single, scoring Charne Office from third and gave UTA a 3-2 lead heading into the final three innings.

The Mavs held the Lady Jacks scoreless through two innings but were tested in the final frame as SFA had runners in scoring position, including the tying run on third and secured the last out with a great play by Kaiser in left field.

*Charity Games*
For the first time in UTA softball history, the UT Arlington Mavericks will take part in two charity games this season with the help of North Texas University. UNT will host the first Strikeout for Cancer charity game on March 17 at 6 p.m. UTA will then host North Texas on Tuesday, Apr. 28 in the final charity game. Both teams will be selling T-shirts for the two games and all proceeds from the t-shirt sales will go to each organization.

There will be free addmission to the Mavericks home game and the team is asking for donations at the gate with all proceeds going to the Brandi K. McPherson Foundation.

The Mavs will honor Laurren Smith, who is battling her fight with cancer by throwing the first pitch of the game against UNT at Allan Saxe Field.

Junior Cara Hulme has been the Mavericks ace on the mound, leading UTA to nine victories this season.

Hulme is second in the league in innings pitched, with 78.1 and first in batters struckout looking with 20.

The junior led the Mavericks to three straight victories against Northwestern State at Allan Saxe Field and two over Stephen F. Austin.

Heather Fortenberry LEADS UTA IN BATTING
Junior Heather Fortenberry, pitcher/right fielder has been one of the Mavericks top offensive threats as she has connected on a team-high 27 hits for a .307 average.

Fortenberry's seven game hit streak ended in game two of the Northwestern State series on Saturday, Mar. 21 at home. The junior's hit streak began in game one against Nicholls State (Mar. 7).

When on the mound, Fortenberry has recorded a 5-5 mark with a 4.59 ERA in 64.2 innings pitched.

Not only have the Mavericks moved into fourth place in the SLC standings but they are on a six-game win streak.

UT Arlington has swept both Northwestern State and Stephen F. Austin. The Mavs have four three-game series remaining on the 2009 schedule as well as two non-conference match-ups.




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