Mavs Shoot Down Ladies 3-1
Wednesday, March 7, 2007

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CC-UTA Box Score 3-7-07

Micah Rhodes

Amy Wiedeman

Emerald Doria

ARLINGTON, Texas—The University of Texas-Arlington softball team cooled off a very hot Centenary squad with a 3-1 win on Wednesday evening. The Mavs used timely hitting to hand the Ladies only their second loss in their last 13 games.


Combined on the day, only five hitters recorded hits in the game, three for Centenary and two for UTA. There were only four hits by each team, but the Mavs used a pair of walks and two clutch two-out base hits to make the most of their opportunities in the victory.


Centenary (12-11) scored first in the top of the opening inning. Emerald Doria led off the game with a single to left-center field and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Haley Bassett followed with a strikeout, but forced the catcher to throw the ball to first to complete the out after the pitch was not caught cleanly. Doria advanced to third on the play. Allison Shepperd was then hit by a pitch and promptly stole second. Doria scored on the throw to second.


The Ladies had a chance to take a big lead early, but could not take advantage. Still in the first, Micah Rhodes singled and advanced to second on an error by the UTA left fielder and Shepperd moved up to third with just one out. But starting pitcher Cara Hulme settled down and struck out both Allison McClain and Jennifer Mango to get out of danger with just the one run.


For Texas-Arlington (13-10) in the bottom of the first inning, Katie Jones led off with a double and was still on third two outs later. Centenary pitcher Stacy Whitmer issued a walk to Brittany Washington and Samantha Chumchal made the freshman pay with a two-run single to put UTA on top.


The Ladies would have runners on second with only one out in both the fourth and fifth innings, but did not score.


The Mavs’ Dee Jay Nelson worked another walk in the bottom half of the fifth and scored on another two-out hit by Chumchal, this one a double. That would be all the scoring, as the pitching would dominate the rest of the way.


Hulme improved to 4-5 on the year with the win, going the distance for UTA while allowing just one run and four hits. She also struck out six and walked three.


Whitmer (6-3) took the loss for Centenary in giving up two runs in 3.1 innings on three hits, three walks, and three strikeouts. Ryan Thacker finished out the final 2.2 innings, surrendering one run on a single hit and a free pass.


Chumchal finished 2-for-2 for the Mavs with all three RBI in the win. Jones had the other two hits for UTA on the day.


For the Ladies, Rhodes went 2-for-3 and Doria and Amy Wiedeman each tallied a hit in the loss.


Centenary next travels to Norman, Okla., for the Worth OU Invitational hosted by the fifth-ranked Oklahoma Sooners. The Ladies open with a rare non-conference tilt against fellow Mid-Continent Conference foe UMKC on Friday at 12:15 p.m. Centenary will also face Evansville in the tournament as well as the host Sooners twice.