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UTA Softball vs. Coastal Carolina

The Lady Mavericks took on the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers for a three game series. For the first time ever, the Chanticleers got to play the Mavericks as Coastal Carolina are the newest members of the Sunbelt Conference. The series began on Saturday as the two team played a double header. In game on the Lady Mavericks had a dominant performance from sophomore pitcher Samantha Clakely as she had a complete game with a career high 10 strikeouts. Senior Shelbi Sikes hit a two-run home run to break the 1-1 tie in the bottom of the fifth inning. Mavericks win 4-3. In game two, senior pitcher Sam Montes got the start. Montes along with freshman pitcher Mariah Denson pitch a shutout with six combined strikouts. Mavericks would win 2-0. In Sunday’s finale the Mavericks were behind early as Coastal Carolina catcher Kassidy Smith hit a three-run home run. But Clakely eventually settle down. The offense helped Clakely’s outing with eight runs scored in the game. The Mavericks would the game 8-5 and had their first conference sweep since 2015.

-Mark Makinde

UTA Softball vs. South Alabama

The UTA Softball team played a three game series against South Alabama Jaguars over the weekend. The Mavericks started of the series with a double header on Friday. In game one, the game wasted 4-4 until freshman Reagan Wright hit a walk-off homerun defeat the Jags 5-4. In game two, senior Shelbi Sikes was the hero as her solo home run defeated South Alabama 8-7 in extra innings. In the series finale on Saturday saw the Jaguars defeat the Mavs 5-0. South Alabama pitcher Destin Vicknair had a complete game shut out and only allowed one hit. UTA returns to allan Saxe Fied to play Coastal Carolina for a three game series beginning on Saturday April 22.

-Mark Makinde

Dallas Wings Draft Party

The Dallas Wings held their WNBA draft party Thusday night at the College Park Center. Wings guards Skylar Diggins-Smith and Tiffany bias were in attendance for the event. The Wings had three first round selections in the draft. They chose Kentucky forward Evelyn Akhator with the third overall pick. The following selection they chose South carolina guard Allisha Gray with the fourth overall pick. Their final selection was Gray’s South Carolina teammate Kaela Davis. Gray and Davis were apart of the South Carolina Gamecocks team that recently won a national championship at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

-Mark Makinde

Meet the Mavericks

The UTA men’s basketball team hosted their Meet the Mavericks event at Grease Monkey’s Burger Shop and Social Club in Downtown Arlington. This was their first public event since they lost in the NIT quarterfinal against Bakersfield. Players and coaches took the time to greet fans, sign autographs, and take photos. Kevin Hervey was named an All-American honorable mention by the Associated Press and Coach Scott Cross was nominated for the Skip Prosser award for the second year in a row.  The only player not in attendance was Drew Charles due to a prior commitment.

-Mark Makinde

UTA Baseball

The UTA Baseball team hosted their first Sunbelt conference game when they took on the Georgia Southern Eagles for a three game series this past weekend. In Friday’s game, the Mavericks won 3-2. The game got on a promising start when Senior outfielder Quentin Rohrbaugh hit a solo home run in the first. Starting pitcher Kadon Simmons went 7 2/3 innings only allowing two hits. Saturday’s contest saw UTA lose their matchup against the Eagles 4-3. Noah Vaughn tied the game 3-3 with his fifth homer of the season, but Eagles second baseman Steven Curry hit the game winning RBI. In Sunday’s rubber match was a seesaw affair as the Eagles score five runs in the first. UTA starting pitcher Jakob Hernandez settled down after the first inning and had six scoreless innings with seven strikeouts. The Mavericks tied the game 5-5 in the fifth inning, but Georgia Southern would add four runs in the eighth to seal their win and the series win against the Mavericks.

-Mark Makinde

UTA Softball

The UTA Softball team was scheduled to play six games in four days, including the Maverick Classic this weekend. The weekend started with the Lady Mavericks taking on the Southern Jaguars. The Mavericks were victorious 16-0 as UTA had an offensive explosion in the second inning scoring 11. Friday started the Maverick Classic as UTA played a double header. First they defeated on the Incarnate Word Cardinal 7-1, but they fell to the St. Francis Red Flash 5-2. Saturday continued the Maverick Classic as they played another double header. The Lady Mavericks once again won against the Incarnate Word Cardinals 11-3, but fell to the Tulsa Golden Hurricane 7-0 in the nightcap. Sunday was supposed to be a rematch between UTA and Tulsa, but the game was cancelled due to rain. UTA won three out of five games to make their record 12-9 overall in this young season. The Mavericks start Sunbelt play against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks starting Saturday, March 11.

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-Mark Makinde

UTA Women’s Basketball

The UTA Lady Mavericks played their penultimate home game against the Troy Trojans at the College Park Center Thursday Night. Both teams had pink apparel for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. The Lady Mavericks trailed the Trojans by a game in the Sunbelt standings. UTA ultimately won 78-72 with guard Cierra Johnson leading all scorers with 22 points. Rebekah VanDijk was marred with foul trouble, only scoring seven points. UTA forced 22 turnovers against an aggressive Troy club and currently the Lady Mavs are sixth in the nation in turnovers. The Lady Mavericks regular season will conclude their season on the road. Thursday they’ll take on Louisiana-Monroe, and Saturday they will finish up with Louisiana.

-Mark Makinde

Biology Colloquium

The biology colloquium was held in the Life Sciences Building on Thursday. The guest Speaker was Dr. Martin Turcotte, who is an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Turcotte discussed how ecology and evolution work hand in hand. Turcotte’s research deals with the evolution of a green peach aphid and how it develops over time. He also has research different animal species and different kinds of plants. There is another Biology Colloquium held this Thursday at the Life Sciences building room 122.

-Mark Makinde

UTA Softball

The 2017 UTA Softball season is steadily approaching and we get a first exclusive look at the team during the annual spring Softball/Baseball media day. Mavericks head coach Kristie Fox along with players Samantha Clakely, Sam Montes, and Shelbi Sikes sat at the podium while taking interviews. The players also debuted their new home uniforms for the 2017 season. Coach Fox said during her interview that “this group of girls has the best talent that we have.” The Mavs start their season in Tempe, Arizona to play Caifornia-Riverside Friday February 10th. They will return to Allen Saxe Field to play Nicholls State Friday February 24th.

-Mark Makinde