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Staton blanks UT Arlington on Friday night, 1-0

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SAN ANTONIO — Junior Haylee Staton allowed just two hits and struck out 11 for her third shutout of the season and UTSA defeated UT Arlington, 1-0, on Friday night at Roadrunner Field.

Fellow junior Samantha Beeson drove in the game’s lone run with a double to the gap in right center in the bottom of the second.

The Roadrunners improved to 19-22 overall and 8-5 in Southland Conference play, while the Mavericks dropped to 13-20 (3-8 SLC).

Staton (11-5) gave up a two-out single in the first before striking out the next five batters she faced. The Austin native went on to retire the next four hitters for nine consecutive outs until Erica LeFlore produced UT Arlington’s other hit of the night, a single to left field. She allowed just three Mavs to reach base and none advanced past first.

UTSA’s lone run came in the second.

Senior Nikki Goff drew a lead-off walk and the Leander native moved up a base on freshman Courtney Buchman’s single to right field. She then scored on Beeson’s two-bagger. Buchman tried to score from first on the play but was thrown out at home.

That was more than enough for Staton, who recorded the last four outs of the game on strikes. The 11 punchouts fell one short of her career high, which was set in a 6-4 victory against North Dakota on Feb. 24. It also was her third double-digit performance of the season.

Despite allowing just a run on five hits, UT Arlington starter Teri Lyles saw her record fall to 7-10.

The series will conclude at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The finale will serve as UTSA’s annual Strike Out Cancer game and T-shirts will be sold for $10 with proceeds benefiting the San Antonio Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in honor of former player Hope Ortiz..

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