UTA’s softball team finished third in the Sun Belt Conference with 17 wins, the most since joining the league in 2014. Over the course of the season, the Mavericks defeated three nationally ranked opponents (No. 16 Baylor twice, No. 13 Arkansas, and No. 13 Oklahoma State).
The team earned a third-straight postseason bid to the National Invitational Softball Championship (NISC). UTA went on to win its second-consecutive regional title before advancing to the Championship Round in Fort Collins, Colorado, where the team went 3-0 to claim its first NISC Championship with a 4-3 win over Iowa State.
Laura Curry became the first Maverick to lead the nation in any statistical category, finishing the season as the NCAA leader in hits (91). Her final numbers were good enough to earn a spot on the Honorable Mention Softball America All-America team, making her the second-ever Maverick to garner All-America status.
“Our players did a great job of staying together and staying focused,” says Peejay Brun, head coach. “Our players embrace that we’re going to do it from the heart and leave everything on the field.”