April 23, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas - FOR STARTERS: The UT Arlington softball team completed tournament play with a 9-10 overall recoed. The Mavericks began with an 8-4 record after the first three tournamnets, but struggled against Binghamton and Texas Tech in the Jeaninne McHaney Memorial Classic.
GAME DAY: The Mavericks are in Conway, Ark. Tuesday as they take on the Sugar Bears of Central Arkansas for a doubleheader at 4 and 6 p.m. UT Arlington leads the series 13-3 overall and 6-2 in Conway. The Mavericks have been victorious in four of the last five meeting between the two teams.
THREE IN A ROW TO START: UT Arlington opened the season with three straight victories for the first time since 1993, when the Mavericks began that slate with an 8-0. That team finished with 36 wins (36-23).
RIPE FOR THE PICKING: UT Arlington has been picked to finish third in the 11-team Southland Conference this year according to a preseason vote by the league’s coaches. The Mavericks received one first-place vote and totaled 82 points. Texas State (92) and Texas A&M Corpus-Christi (87) were predicted to place first and second, respectively. The SLC’s SID’s preseason poll had the Mavericks second, behind only Texas State.
HITTING IT HARD: Through 34 games, the Mavericks boast one batters hitting at least .300 with 70 or more at bats. Leading the way is senior Erica LeFlore hitting .312.
ON THE BUMP: Callie Collins is 6-11 with a 2.63 ERA in 101 innings pitched while Teri Lyles is 7-10 with an ERA of 2.32 in123.2 innings pitched. The pitching duo combine for an ERA of just 2.46 in 34 games.
PLENTY OF PLAYING TIME TO GO AROUND: Through 34 games, UTA has just one player who have started all every game (Stephanie Gonzalez). Thus far, 18 position players have appeared in a contest for the Mavericks.
THE EYES OF TEXAS ARE UPON US: The softball team has played its first 17 games of the 2012 campaign in the Lone Star State. The team’s first out-of-state contest will be played March 16 at Grambling State, in Grambling, La. In all, the Mavs have 40 of their 50 scheduled games in the state of Texas.
PRESEASON ACCOLADES: Sophomore pitcher Callie Collins, the 2011 SLC Pitcher of the Year, was named to the preseason first-team All-Southland Conference team. UTA also had a trio of preseason second-team honorees: sophomore Taylor Zink (3B), senior Courtney Enocksen (SS) and senior Charne Office (OF). In addition, Callie Collins (P) was named the Pitcher of the Year and first-team all-league by College Sports Madness. Erica LeFlore (C) and Charne Office (OF) earned second-team mention.
4 Ls IN HER NAME, BUT LOTS OF Ws ON THE FIELD: As a freshman, pitcher Callie Collins posted an 18-10 record and a 1.72 ERA in 195.1 innings pitched. She racked up the second most strikeouts in the league (200), while holding held her opponents to a .193 batting average. As a result, Collins was named to the 2011 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-Region Second Team, becoming the first UTA player in four years to earn such distinction.