April 4, 2006

Pitching Lineup
Game 1
UTA Jill Garro, Sr., Bulverde, Texas, LHP, 9-6, 1.67
A&M-CC Amanda Foster, Fr., Pilot Point, Texas, P, 3-11, 4.57

Game 2
UTA Laura Jones,So., Rogue River, Ore., RHP, 5-2, 1.94
A&M-CC Jennifer Cummings, Jr., Wake Forest, N.C., P, 2-14, 5.92

The UT Arlington softball team will begin a 10-game homestand against future Southland Conference foe Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in a doubleheader Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Allan Saxe Field.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi enters today's game on an eight-game losing streak after dropping a pair of games to 13th-ranked Louisiana Lafayette, 9-1 and 8-0 on Saturday.

A&M-Corpus Christi is 6-26 overall and 2-10 in the Big South Conference. TAMUCC will join the Southland Conference this fall.

Junior third baseman Brenda Guerrero is the only Islander batting over .300 with a .319 average. Julia Monsivais is the top RBI getter on the team with 10.

TAMUCC has been outscored 198 to 50 this season.

The Islanders sport a team ERA of .577. Pitchers Amanda Foster and Jennifer Cummings after thrown all but 18 innings this season for the Islanders and they have a combined record of 5-25.

VIEW FROM THE HILL: Senior lefthander Jill Garro (Bulverde, Texas) is ranked among the top 10 in the conference in wins (2nd/11), earned run average (2nd/1.58), innings pitched (5th/120.00), batters struck out (3rd/115), games started (tied for 5th/17) and opposing batting average (6th/.224) after splitting two games last weekend over SLC presaeason favorite Sam Houston State.

Garro (11-7) needs one win to move inot a tie for fourth place on the career victories list with Katy Cox at UTA. She is fifth on the career innings pitched list with 610.2. Garro already moved into fifth place on the career strikeout list and has 468 career Ks heading into Saturday's game. She will move into fourth place with 46 strikeouts and third with 59 more.

Garro, was named the Southland Conference Pitcher of the Week 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.

NEARING 1,000: UT Arlington is fast approaching 1,000 wins in program history. To date, UTA has 992 all-times victories since 1973.

KEEPING UP WITH THE JONES': UTA boasts not one, but two Jones' 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 (6-2) is third in SLC in ERA at 1.68. She scattered four hits and struck out a career-high 10 in a 5-1 win at Sam Houston State Saturday. She posted a near-perfect game in 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 SPRINGS INTO ACTION: Senior outfielder Autumn Petrino (Rowlett, Texas) is on a six-game hitting streak. She is batting .434 (10 of 23) over the last six games and batting .200 (12 of 60) since Paradise Hawaii Classic.

Petrino hit two doubles and a solo home run in the Mavs' 6-3 win at Sam Houston State on Saturday. Petrino has cored eight runs over the last four runs and has 23 for the season.

She 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.

Petrino is ranked third on the career RBI list with 96 and she is the all-time leaders with 43 career doubles.

RECORD WATCHING: Amanda Swofford and Autumn Petrino need five extra-base hits to move into the single-season top five list... Dee Jay Nelson and Jenna Fortune are tied for third on the single-season home run list. Elizabeth Harsma set the single-season mark with seven in 1998.

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

UP NEXT: UTA hosts Louisiana-Monroe in a three-game series beginning Saturday at 1 p.m.

QUICK HITS: * 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, Dee Jay Nelson, Jenna Fortune and Autumn Petrino.
* UTA is ranked second in the Southland Conference in defense with a .963 fielding percentage.
* Katie Jones is on a nine-game hitting streak. She is batting .548 (17 of31) over the past nine games. Her only home run of career was solo home run off Texas' Cat Osterman earlier this year.
* Dee Jay Nelson had a 16-game shitting stopped during Sunday's 4-3 loss at Sam Houston State. Nelson rasied her batting average by more than 60 points during the streak. She is hitting .428 (24 of 49) over the last 17 games.
* UTA mustered just 45 extra-base hits in 2005. After 31 games, the Mavs have 68 extra base hits. UTA averaged fewer than 3.0 runs per game in 2005 and are averaging 4.5 runs per game this season.

THE SERIES: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi leads the all-time series, 3-0.




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