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The 2004 softball season for the women's varsity team saw them go 37-17, including 20-6 in the Southland Conference and 19-4 at home, UTSA's third best ever overall and home records and fourth best ever conference record, as of 2012.

NarrativeEdit

Division I Records SetEdit

UTSA was the best power-hitting program in the country this year, leading all NCAA Division I programs in slugging percentage, total home runs, and home runs per game. It would go on to threepeat, leading the country in slugging percentage for the next two years, an achievement only matched by Arizona from 1993-1995. UTSA's would also lead nationally in home run totals during those years and in home runs per game four years in a row (2003-2006), achievements matched by no one. It was also the most improved team in Division I, improving by 22.5 games.

UTSA's team slugging percentage of .582 ranks 16th (tied with one other team) all-time. Its mark of 101 home runs ranks 15th, with its 2005 (103) and 2006 (105) marks ranking 11th and 9th, respectively. UTSA became only the second program to record 100+ homers in a year, the other being Arizona. Arizona took 72 games and 69 games in its two 100+ HR seasons; UTSA only took 54. UTSA's home runs per game (1.87) was the highest all-time over Arizona's previous 1.83, well above 2004's second highest at 1.56 (Jacksonville State). This record currently ranks 5th but was not broken until 2006 by UTSA and not broken by another program until 2009. UTSA's improvement over the previous year's record is in a 5-way tie for 11th best all-time.

Against Texas SouthernEdit

One reason for UTSA's immense offensive success was scheduling three games against HBU Texas Southern University. UTSA outscored TSU 63-1 in these games. (It should be noted here that due to mercy rules, each game was stopped short by two innings.) The first two games came in the form of a double-header on April 1 at home. Before the game, rival Texas State University held the NCAA record with 8 home runs in a 2002 game against SFA. UTSA tied this record in the first game and again in the second game. This is currently 4th all time, with College of Charleston also achieving the feat in 2007. UTSA got 47 total bases in the first game and 45 in the second, 12th and 13th highest all time, achievements only bested twice since then, once by UTSA later in the season. Since UTSA was the home team and was ahead, the bottom of the final inning was not played; UTSA did all of its damage in each game in 4 innings.

UTSA played Texas Southern again on April 8, but on their home field. This proved to be beneficial as UTSA would get to hit in at least 5 innings. Consequently, the game set even more records than the previous two combined. UTSA got home runs from three consecutive batters, then a record and later matched only 6 times. This mark would be increased to 4 by three schools, including the 2011 Roadrunners against rival Texas State. No school had ever gotten 4 home runs in an inning, but UTSA got 5 in the 5th and final inning. (Backup catcher Jessica Ellison actually hit her only two homers of the season in this inning.) This mark took 5 years to be matched, but has been accomplished 4 more times by 3 more schools.

Probably the most coveted record that the Roadrunners captured on the day was home runs in a game with 10. This has only since been tied once (four years later) and has never been beaten. UTSA's 64 total bases in the game tied a mark set in 1990 which still stands. The 13 runs UTSA scored in the fifth inning is tied for 13th all time with 7 other schools. UTSA was the fourth program to accomplish this. Its 28 hits in the game is tied for 8th best all time, being the 4th school to achieve this. Its 25 RBIs ranks in a 4-way tie for 18th place.[1]

Individual AchievementsEdit

Christy Brownlee's 0.41 home runs per game was tied for 5th all time and was tied for 17th all time through the 2012 season. Jessica Rogers was the hardest batter to strike out in the NCAA this year, having 4 strikeouts on 177 at-bats.[1]

ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent Location Result Pitcher Att. Context[2]
Feb 6 Texas St. San Marcos, TX 2-5 (L) Mares 200 Bobcat/Century Tel Classic
Feb 6 New Mexico St. San Marcos, TX 5-1 (W) Mares 100 Bobcat/Century Tel Classic
Feb 7 Texas Tech San Marcos, TX 11-3 (5) (W) Mares 225 Bobcat/Century Tel Classic
Feb 7 TAMUCC San Marcos, TX 2-3 (L) Mares 200 Bobcat/Century Tel Classic
Feb 8 Tulsa San Marcos, TX 8-2 (W) Simpson 150 Bobcat/Century Tel Classic
Feb 14 Kentucky San Antonio, TX 6-3 (W) Mares 300 Fastpitch Express Classic
Feb 14 Missouri-Kansas City San Antonio, TX 9-1 (5) (W) Simpson 300 Fastpitch Express Classic
Feb 15 Colorado St. San Antonio, TX 4-2 (8) (W) Mares 322 Fastpitch Express Classic
Feb 15 Kansas San Antonio, TX 3-7 (L) Simpson 320 Fastpitch Express Classic
Feb 20 S. Mississippi Baton Rouge, LA 2-3 (L) Mares 489 LSU Purple & Gold Challenge
Feb 20 #13 LSU Baton Rouge, LA 0-10 (5) (L) Simpson 489 LSU Purple & Gold Challenge
Feb 21 Louisiana Tech Baton Rouge, LA 9-1 (6) (W) Mares 667 LSU Purple & Gold Challenge
Feb 21 Alcorn St. Baton Rouge, LA 5-0 (W) Simpson 667 LSU Purple & Gold Challenge
Feb 22 S. Mississippi Baton Rouge, LA 5-6 (L) Mares 537 LSU Purple & Gold Challenge
Feb 28 UL Monroe UTSA 6-5 (W) Mares 150 Conference
Feb 28 UL Monroe UTSA 11-1 (6) (W) Mares 103 Conference
Feb 29 UL Monroe UTSA 15-0 (5) (W) Mares 212 Conference
Mar 6 UT Arlington UTSA 6-3 (W) Mares 123 Conference
Mar 6 UT Arlington UTSA 5-4 (W) Simpson 123 Conference
Mar 7 UT Arlington UTSA 1-2 (9) (L) Mares 141 Conference
Mar 10 Houston UTSA 3-5 (L) Simpson 137
Mar 10 Houston UTSA 1-3 (L) Mares 137
Mar 11 UT Austin Austin, TX 2-7 (L) Simpson 495
Mar 13 SHSU Huntsville, TX 7-2 (W) Mares 183 Conference
Mar 13 SHSU Huntsville, TX 4-5 (8) (L) Mares 183 Conference
Mar 14 SHSU Huntsville, TX 5-6 (L) Mares 85 Conference
Mar 16 Nicholls St. Thibodaux, LA 1-4 (L) Mares 121 Conference
Mar 16 Nicholls St. Thibodaux, LA 9-0 (5) (W) Simpson 132 Conference
Mar 17 Nicholls St. Thibodaux, LA 0-5 (L) Simpson 111 Conference
Mar 20 Louisiana Tech Ruston, LA 7-0 (W) Mares 52
Mar 20 Louisiana Tech Ruston, LA 5-1 (W) Simpson 111
Mar 27 SE Louisiana UTSA 9-0 (5) (W) Mares 85 Conference
Mar 27 SE Louisiana UTSA 15-5 (5) (W) Mares 72 Conference
Mar 28 SE Louisiana UTSA 7-3 (W) Simpson 103 Conference
Apr 1 Texas Southern UTSA 18-0 (5) (W) Mares 34
Apr 1 Texas Southern UTSA 19-0 (5) (W) Simpson 44
Apr 3 SFA UTSA 1-0 (W) Mares 43 Conference
Apr 3 SFA UTSA 7-5 (W) Simpson 47 Conference
Apr 4 SFA UTSA 3-0 (W) Mares 51 Conference
Apr 8 Texas Southern Houston, TX 26-1 (5) (W) Mares 78
Apr 9 N'western St. Natchitoches, LA 7-5 (8) (W) Mares 134 Conference
Apr 9 N'western St. Natchitoches, LA 0-8 (5) (L) Simpson 134 Conference
Apr 10 N'western St. Natchitoches, LA 3-2 (8) (W) Mares 145 Conference
Apr 17 Texas St. UTSA 5-3 (W) Mares 213 Conference
Apr 17 Texas St. UTSA 9-7 (W) Mares 213 Conference
Apr 18 Texas St. UTSA 7-6 (W) Mares 235 Conference
Apr 26 McNeese St. Lake Charles, LA 3-0 (W) Mares 30 Conference
Apr 26 McNeese St. Lake Charles, LA 2-1 (9) (W) Mares 78 Conference
Apr 30 Nicholls St. San Marcos, TX 6-3 (W) Mares 424 SLC Tournament
May 1 UT Arlington San Marcos, TX 6-3 (10) (W) Mares 525 SLC Tournament
May 2 SHSU San Marcos, TX 6-0 (W) Mares 463 SLC Tournament
May 2 N'western St. San Marcos, TX 11-3 (5) (W) Mares 402 SLC Tournament
May 20 Illinois Waco, TX 0-3 (L) Mares 783 NCAA Tournament
May 20 UNC Waco, TX 0-4 (L) Mares 983 NCAA Tournament

StatisticsEdit

PitchingEdit

# Name Win Loss Tie Win % ERA IP Hits BB SO[3]
17 Ursula Mares 28 11 0 .718 2.39 255.1 208 90 184
31 Hope Ortiz 0 0 0 .000 4.20 13.1 16 8 7
33 Stevi Simpson 9 6 0 .600 3.40 84.1 98 30 25
UTSA total 37 17 0 .685 2.70 353.0 322 136 216
Opponents total 17 37 0 .315 5.67 340.2 452 276 256

BattingEdit

# Name Avg. Hits HR RBI BB SB Slug OB%[3]
21 Christy Brownlee .320 49 22 47 28 2 .810 .423
32 Jennifer Davis .340 53 3 26 7 13 .487 .386
16 Jessica Ellison .227 5 2 2 3 0 .500 .346
12 Jessica Els .327 52 6 27 17 3 .509 .393
20 Jenny Garcia .260 25 3 14 16 3 .417 .363
22 Catherine Garza .250 11 2 6 6 0 .432 .340
25 Krystal Gibson .345 60 16 36 15 1 .678 .406
10 Stacey Gillespie .216 16 2 8 10 3 .351 .348
14 Krystal Guevara .320 16 3 14 1 1 .580 .327
4 Amanda Horton .284 25 13 29 16 1 .761 .394
34 Ashley Long .111 1 1 2 0 0 .444 .111
11 Aimee Murray .327 54 11 41 11 4 .588 .373
5 Tammy Nelson .220 18 0 12 4 8 .305 .264
29 Jessica Rogers .379 67 17 46 15 2 .712 .425
UTSA total .312 452 101 310 149 41 .582 .382
Opponents total .243 322 36 146 128 31 .381 .315

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "NCAA Division I Softball Records Through 2012". NCAA Softball. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
  2. "Game-by-Game Results". UTSA Athletics. Retrieved December 5, 2013.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Season Statistics". UTSA Athletics. Retrieved December 5, 2013.
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