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By Michael Eldridge | @DFWSportsMike
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Looking to rebound from a weekend in which UT Arlington softball dropped a close series against No. 24 South Alabama, it was pitcher Sam Montes who stepped up to put the Mavericks back on track.
Montes, a sophomore from Burleson, was nearly perfect in tossing the new Allan Saxe Field's first no-hitter. The no-hitter was the first for the team overall since Teri Lyles in 2013. Central Arkansas managed just a walk in the first as Montes struck out four in the five-inning, 8-0 win.
"I am really excited," Montes said after the game. "If it wasn't for Britnea Barilli and Haley Henson making those amazing plays, I would of not had that no-hitter. I would put the credit on them. Us together helped me get that no-hitter."
Continuing to be a force on the mound, she would pick up her first-career save in Game 2 as UTA rallied for a 2-1 win to sweep the doubleheader.
"Sam did a great job," UT Arlington coach Kristie Fox said. "She is a competitor. We like to give her the ball and see what she can do. The defense did a really good job playing behind her and with the wind blowing in we got a lot of pops and made a lot of plays."
Not to be lost by Montes' performance in the circle, senior Nina Villanueva broke UTA's all-time record for runs in a season. Villanueva scored two runs in the doubleheader to give her 45, surpassing Katie Jones' 44 in 2007.
The Mavericks would go on to break team records in runs scored, RBI, hits, batting average and walks during the campaign.
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