ARLINGTON, Texas – Coming off its third Sun Belt series win, claiming a 2-1 series victory over South Alabama, UTA softball hosts conference newcomer Coastal Carolina for a three-game slate April 22-23.
"They're a good ball club," UTA coach Kristie Fox said. "They're playing tough. They've played a lot of close games and they've got a good pitching staff so we've got to be ready to compete."
With two wins over South Alabama last weekend, UTA improved to 22-20 overall and 8-10 in SBC play, moving up to sixth in the conference standings. Coastal Carolina is right behind the Mavs, sitting seventh with a 29-16 overall record and 7-10 in the Sun Belt.
First pitch for Saturday's doubleheader is slated for 1 p.m. with Game 2 starting approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of Game 1.
Sunday's game is scheduled to start at 12 p.m.
Back-to-back walk-off home runs in Saturday's doubleheader against South Alabama helped the Mavericks record their first career victories over the Jags.
Reagan Wright and Shelbi Sikes were the heroes on the day. Wright needed just one pitch in Game 1 to lift the Mavs to a 5-4 win. Sikes knocked a no-doubter in Game 2 in the eighth inning to take the game 7-6.
Sam Clakley got both wins in the circle, to give her 17 victories on the season, good for the second most in the Sun Belt.
Whitney Walton crossed the plate two times in Game 1 to tie her for 10th in single-season scoring, as she has 33 runs scored.
The Mavs dropped Game 3 of the series on Sunday 5-0.
Chanticleers Scouting Report:
2017 Marks the first year in the Sun Belt for the Chanticleers. The three-game series between CCU and UTA is the first ever meeting between the two teams.
Coastal Carolina is led by Taty Forbes, hitting .407 with 28 runs, 27 stolen bases and 13 RBI. The sophomore was named USA Softball's Player of the Year Top-50 Watchlist at the start of the season.
Taylor Rahach and Ashley Guillette see most of the time in the circle at 12-5 with a 2.15 ERA and 11-7 with a 2.32 ERA, respectively.
The Mavericks are 14-0 when holding opponents to two runs or less. When they allow six to nine runs, the Mavericks are 2-8.
When scoring in the first inning, the Mavs are 9-3 versus 4-6 when the opponent scores in the first. UTA is 15-4 when they score first and 7-16 when the opponent puts the first run of the game on the board.
Holding a lead has been a strength for the Mavs as they ware 16-2 when leading after four innings, 13-1 when leading after five and 16-0 when leading after six.
Single-Season Record Watch:
With 33 runs scored in her freshman campaign, Walton is 10th on UTA's single-season runs list. She is two shy of tying Sandra Mendoza's mark of 35 set in 2016 for ninth.
Walton's 26 RBI put her six away from tying Rebecca Collum (2011) for 20th with 35.
With five shutouts, Clakley is three away from tying Teri Lyles (2010) for third.
Her 17 wins outs her four shy of tying Lyles (2012) and Amy Ksyer (1993) for fifth with 21.
With 88 career walks, Sikes is 5th all-time. Two more will tie her for fourth with Edwina Wright (1980-83). Mendoza is 10th with 69. One more will move her into ninth with Meagan Michele (2012-15).
Mendoza sits sixth in career doubles with 32. One more will tie her for fifth with Michele Myska (1994-97) with 34. Sikes is 10th with 27, one away from tying her for ninth with Cynthia Martin (1980-82) with 28.
Mendoza is 10th in career extra-base hits with 40. Four more will tie her with Elizabeth Harsma (1998-01) for ninth with 44. Sikes is four away from that mark.
Mendoza is six runs away from tying Lisa Verhaul (1997-00) for fifth all-time with 112.
Sikes is four RBI shy of tying Michele for ninth with 86.
The Mavericks embark on their final regular-season road trip when they head to Appalachian State for a three-game series April 29-30.
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