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SB: Mavs conclude road trip at Georgia Southern

April 13, 2018

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ARLINGTON, Texas -
Coming off the excitement of knocking off Big 12 foe Oklahoma State on Tuesday night, UT Arlington concludes a season-long eight-game road trip when it resumes Sun Belt play at Georgia Southern, opening with a double-header on Saturday, followed by a Sunday finale on ESPN3.

The Mavericks (20-18) powered eight runs in a pivotal sixth frame to top the Cowgirls 9-2 in the team's final nonconference matchup. KJ Murphy, Aileen Garcia and Reagan Wright all knocked home runs on Tuesday, while Whitney Walton's clutch double with the bases loaded helped break open the game. Sandra Mendoza also extended her hitting streak to 12 games, while also moving into second in UTA history for runs scored.

The Mavs and Eagles are meeting with the host leading the all-time series 5-4, taking 2-of-3 in the series in Arlington in 2017. The Mavs fell in a heartbreaker that went 10 innings in the series finale. UTA, 8-6 in league play, sit third in the Sun Belt with just four series on the slate for the regular season. UTA will return home for six consecutive beginning next Saturday against Troy.

HOW TO WATCH/FOLLOW
Fans can follow along to the action via GSEagles.com with Live Stats and video for the Saturday doubleheader, as well as Sunday's game featured on ESPN3. Fans can follow UTA via Twitter by following the team's account at @UTASoftball for behind the scenes action, as well as updates throughout the weekend.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

Sandra Mendoza moved into 2nd in UTA history for runs scored as she crossed twice vs. Oklahoma State on Tuesday. Reagan Wright, hitting her 5th HR of the last 4 games, moved into a tie for 10th in the record books with her 13th-career HR.

UTA is 9-3 when it scores in the first inning and 15-8 when it scores the first run. The Mavs are 5-10 when the opponent scores first. UTA is just 2-11 when scoring 2 or fewer runs, but are 18-7 when scoring 3 or more. UTA is 16-0 when leading after the 6th, but 0-15 when trailing.

Mendoza has a team-season high 12-game hitting streak (career-high is 18, 2016). Mendoza also features a team-high 12-game reaching safely streak. Wright has reached in the last 9 games, Krista Rude and Laura Curry the last 8 Laura Curry is 10th in the nation in "toughest to strike out" at 41.0. She's been K'd 2 times in 2018, none in SBC play. The Mavs are 5-3 when playing in the Eastern Time Zone this season. UTA was 3-2 at the Jacksonville U / North Florida Tournament, and took 2-of-3 from Coastal Carolina in Sun Belt play.

WHAT THE LAST WEEK LOOKED LIKE:
UTA went 2-2 in the previous week, taking a midweek game against Houston Baptist, and then falling 2 games to 1 in a set at ULM. The loss ended UTA's 5-game winning streak and 3-series SBC streak. In the midweek, the UTA pitching staff combined to 2-hit HBU on the road. Laura Curry knocked a pair of hits and drove in 1.

UTA took on Oklahoma State (No. 26 in the USA Today/ESPN Poll) in the midweek in Stillwater, Okla. on Tuesday evening. The Mavs exploaded for 8 runs in the 6th inning to top Oklahoma State, earning their first win over a Big 12 program since 2008.

Reagan Wright was the star of Game 1 vs. ULM, becoming the 3rd player in UTA history to hit 3 home runs in a game, also breaking the program's single-game record for RBI with 8. Aileen Garcia and KJ Murphy also had 3 hits, Garcia scoring 3 runs, while Curry had 2 hits, 2 runs.

A 4-run 5th helped the Warhawks top UTA in Game 2, Melanie Mendoza hit her first-career HR in the 7th and UTA stranded 2 in scoring position as a RLE ended the game. In Game 3, ULM went up 7-1 before UTA nearly mounted a comeback. Wright belted her 4th HR of the weekend for a 2-run shot, UTA scored 3 in the 6th and nearly tied it up, but the ULM LF made a running grab at the wall to prevent the tying run from coming in.

HEAD COACH Peejay Brun
UTA coach Peejay Brun enters her first season at the helm of the Mavericks. Brun owns a 151-168-2 all-time record as a head coach after two seasons at Hawaii-Hilo and a stint at Sienna.

Brun brings 19 years of collegiate coaching experience to the Mavericks program, including six as a head coach. For nine of the last 11 seasons, she has served as an assistant coach at Texas State University.

A 1994 graduate of the University of Hawai'i, Brun comes to UTA following one season in her second stint as an assistant at Texas State after serving as the head coach at the University of Hawai'i at Hilo for two years. She led UH Hilo to a 63-33-1 overall record, a 41-19-1 record in the PacWest Conference.

Brun developed a NFCA All-America selection, eight all-league honorees and two all-region selections at UH Hilo. Eighteen student-athletes under her direction earned all-PacWest academic honors and six were named NFCA Academic All- America.

FOLLOW THE MAVS SOCIALLY
For up-to-date news, photos, videos and updates you can follow UTA sports program online at UTAMavs.com or via any of several social media accounts on twitter @UTAMavs, Instagram @UTAMavs, Snapchat @UTAMavs and Facebook at UTArlingtonAthletics.

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