UT Arlington (26-19) at Texas (27-12)
April 15 | McCombs Field | Austin, Texas
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By Michael Eldridge | @DFWSportsMike
ARLINGTON, Texas -- UT Arlington and Texas square off for the 25th time Wednesday night in Austin at 6 p.m. The game is being televised by the Longhorn Network.
The Mavericks (26-19) are meeting with the Longhorns (27-12) for the first time since 2011. Texas leads the series 22-2 in, with UTA's last win coming in 2001.
"Tomorrow is just about getting us prepared for the weekend," UT Arlington coach Kristie Fox said. "It is just another game for us to prepare for another big conference series for ourselves. They have good pitching, which is exactly what we need to see in midweek to get ready for Georgia State. We're not going to make it a bigger deal than it is. We are going to focus on playing our game and enjoy it. I think it is fun to play on TV."
UTA holds a 3-1 record against common opponents this season (Lamar and Georgia Southern), while Texas is 0-2.
Sophomore pitcher Sam Montes is coming off a week in which she earned her second Sun Belt Pitcher of the Week award. Montes tossed her first-career no-hitter against Central Arkansas on April 8 and earned a save later that day in the doubleheader finale. The right-hander was 2-0 in three starts.
Montes said that the comparison between their weekend opponent and Wednesday night's foe is very similar in playing styles.
"ULM is tough. They are scrappy," Montes said. "The way they did their offense, our defense had to make a lot of adjustments, just like Texas does. With them acting how they were we will be fine against Texas."
In Sunday's win in extra innings against the Warhawks, UTA clinched its position in the Sun Belt Championship in May. With clinching, Montes expressed the importance of finishing strong down the stretch.
"We still have to win games," Montes said. "When we get into the tournament we will have to face these teams, we need to know that we can beat them now so that when we get into the tournament it is not that big of a deal."
Sophomore Shelbi Sikes surpassed the single-season UTA RBI record on April 11 against ULM. Sikes' 45 RBI passed Dee Jay Nelson's 2007 mark of 44. Senior Nina Villanueva and freshman Sandra Mendoza continue to battle for the runs record, the pair is tied for the all-time lead with 48 runs.
The Mavericks return home against Georgia State in a three-game series opening with a doubleheader on Saturday.
NOTES: UTA is 0-2 against the Big 12 this season and 1-3 against Power 5 conference teams. ... Senior INF Nina Villanueva's .366 career batting average is second all-time, trailing Katie Jones, who hit .367 in 2005-08.
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