BEARKATS VISIT MAVERICKS FOR THREE-GAME SERIES
April 3, 2009
Arlington, Texas -
Sam Houston State (14-17, 7-8) at UT Arlington (14-17, 10-8)
When: Saturday, April 4 @ 2 & 4 p.m. / Sunday, April 5 @ 1 p.m.
SERIES INFO VS. LADY JACKS
SCOUTING THE BEARKATS
- 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.
LAST TIME OUT:
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
MAVERICKS ON 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.