SOFTBALL BRINGS BIG BATS TO NORTH TEXAS ON WEDNESDAY
April 29, 2008
ARLINGTON, Texas - North Texas outfielders will be playing deep Wednesday as the powerful UT Arlington lineup visits Denton's Lovelace Stadium for the Mavericks' final non-conference contest of the season. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.
UTA (24-20) has smashed 50 home runs this season, 26 more than its opponents and just five short of the single-season team record set last season. Nine different players have hit at least one homer and five have gone deep five or more times, led by senior Amanda Swofford (11), freshman Rebecca Collom (10) and sophomore Brittany Washington (nine).
The Mavericks are 11-10 in road games this season and 7-10 against non-conference opponents. They have a 24-7 lead in the all-time series against the Mean Green (24-31), including a 9-2 record in Denton.
The teams split a doubleheader at Allan Saxe Field earlier this season on March 26.
North Texas won the first game 7-1 behind a three-hitter by Kristina Fowler. Mallory Cantler collected three of the Mean Green's 13 hits and Courtney Bradshaw had a two-run homer.
The Mavericks trailed 5-1 in the fifth inning in the second game before rallying for a 10-5 victory. They batted around in the bottom of the fifth to tie the score and took the lead in the sixth with a three-run homer by freshman Whitney Simpson and a two-run blast by sophomore Heather Collie.
UTA is coming off a three-game sweep last weekend against Southeastern Louisiana, an impressive performance that carried senior Katie Jones to SLC Hitter of the Week honors and sophomore Cara Hulme (15-5) to her third SLC Pitcher of the Week selection of the season.
The Mavericks finish the regular season with a three-game conference series at home against Central Arkansas (6-40, 4-22 SLC), starting with a doubleheader Saturday at 1 p.m. The Mavericks are currently in fourth place in the Southland standings at 17-10, right on the heels of UTSA (18-9) and Stephen F. Austin (17-9). Texas State (23-4) has already clinched the regular-season championship.