SB: Mavs host Troy Saturday and Sunday

April 11, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas – UT Arlington softball hosts Troy this weekend at Allan Saxe Field with a doubleheader Saturday at 1 p.m. and a single game Sunday at noon.

The Mavericks (16-23, 1-8 SBC) square off against the Trojans for the third time in program history. The two teams met last season as the Mavericks swept Troy in Lubbock.

"I think we were worried about our opponents these last couple weekends and we weren't focused on how we play the game," UT Arlington coach Kristie Fox said. "Before we faced ACU this week, we focused on played our game and we're going to stick to that."

UT Arlington defeated ACU 8-0 in six innings Wednesday in its first midweek game of the season.

FOLLOWING THE GAME: Live stats and stream are available live on  Twitter updates are available through @UTAMavs.

UT ARLINGTON LAST WEEK: The Mavericks won their first Sun Belt Conference game last weekend against Georgia State. UT Arlington defeated the Panthers 3-1 to snap the team's seven-game losing streak. Junior Villanueva continues to play well for the Mavericks. She hit her sixth home run of the season and led the Mavericks with a .625 batting average against Georgia State. Villanueva had two runs, five hits and three RBI against GSU. She rounded eight total bases with three walks and had a 1.000 slugging percentage. She had three putouts, seven assists and no errors at shortstop.

SCOUTING TROY: The Trojans are 17-24-2 overall and 1-8 in the Sun Belt. Troy is coming off a 3-2, eight-inning win over Alabama-Birmingham. Senior Ebony Wright leads the team with a .345 batting average (39 hits) and 18 runs. She is 13-14 for stolen bases and has 41 putouts with one error. Their pitching staff is led by junior Jaycee Affeldt with a 2.82 ERA in 126.2 innings pitched and 20 starts.

AT THE PLATE: Junior Nina Villanueva is batting .336 to lead the Mavericks, with 40 hits and 32 RBI on the season. Fellow junior Meagan Michele is batting .292 in league play with seven hits, one home run and 11 total bases.

HOMEBODIES:  The Mavericks host their next three Sun Belt series at Allan Saxe Field. UTA opens with Troy this weekend before hosting ULM and UL Lafayette.

IT’S A NUMBERS GAME: The Mavericks are 11-5 when leading after the fourth inning. The team is a perfect 8-0 when scoring six or more runs and 12-1 when out-hitting its opponent.

COUNTING HOMERS: Nina Villanueva (7), Jolene Schaefer (3), Britnea Barilli (3), Rebecca Stokes (2), Shelbi Sikes (2), Meagan Michele (2), Jasmine Tanksley (1), Kacey Everett (2), Holly Murphree (1).

COLLINS NAMED SBC PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Senior pitcher Callie Collins earned UT Arlington's first Sun Belt Conference softball accolades by being named the SBC Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 24. Collins made five appearances and three starts during the UTA Hilton Invitational, earning a 3-0 record and allowing just two earned runs through 19.1 innings pitched.

SECOND YEAR UNDER FOX: UT Arlington is in 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.

 The Mavericks softball team will be in their third conference in as many years with the move to the Sun Belt. UTA moved from the Southland Conference in 2012 to the Western Athletic Conference in 2013.




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