Michael Eldridge | @DFWSportsMike
ARLINGTON, Texas – UT Arlington softball continued its fall schedule on Thursday by hosting Ranger Junior College at Allan Saxe Field.
The 10-inning scrimmage gave the opportunity for UT Arlington coach Kristie Fox to continue to mix-and-match her lineup as position battles heat up ahead of the spring schedule. Fox said that she is still looking for players to step up into key roles.
"We are lacking a little bit in leadership," Fox said. "I felt like I was trying to get them excited about today instead of them being so excited that I would have to hold them back. I felt that I was trying to provide that fire and we have to start finding that from within. Our takeaway is that we have to find some leadership and some passion. They get to play for a living right now, it is a gift and they have to take advantage of it."
The pitching staff proved to be a bright spot on the day as they did not allow a run. Sophomore Kayla Donaldson led the way with three strikeouts over three innings pitched. She gave up just two hits. Sam Montes and Taylor Simmonds combined for two strikeouts and just two hits.
"They did a good job of hitting their spots," Fox said. "They were all working on something and for them to put up zeros all day, that is what we are looking for."
Bryanna Datko continued to swing a hot bat as she knocked a two-run home run, her second in three games of fall competition.
"She is doing a good job," Fox said. "She has a lot of power but we have to find some consistency with that power. That is what it is all about."
The Mavericks continue with the fall season on Oct. 15 when they host LCU at 2:30 p.m.
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