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BSB: Week in Review (3/18)

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Overall: 9-9, 3-0 Sun Belt Conference
Last Week: 5-0, 3-0 Sun Belt Conference
Streak: Won 5

Last Week
W, 5-1 at No. 6 Texas A&M [18 innings] * Tuesday, March 13 | RECAP | NOTES
W, 13-5 vs. Minnesota * Wednesday, March 14 | RECAP | NOTES
W, 6-4 vs. Georgia State * Friday, March 16 | RECAP | NOTES
W, 12-10 vs. Georgia State [10 innings] * Sunday, March 18 | RECAP | NOTES
W, 6-5 vs. Georgia State * Sunday, March 18 | RECAP | NOTES

Upcoming Schedule
Tuesday, March 20 * vs. Abilene Christian * 6:30 p.m.
Friday, March 23 * at Little Rock * 6 p.m.
Saturday, March 24 * at Little Rock * 2 p.m.
Sunday, March 25 * at Little Rock * 1 p.m.

Pitcher of the Week Nominee
Andrew Gross, Jr., RHP - Chandler, Ariz.

Last Week: 3 APP, 1-0, 1 SV, 10.1 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 6 BB, 7 SO
2018: 6 APP, 1-0, 1.46 ERA, 1 SV, 12.1 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 7 BB, 8 SO

NOTES: Junior sidewinding right-hander Andrew Gross had a career week, pitching in three of UTA's five wins ... Gross worked 6.2 shutout innings to earn his first career win at No. 6 Texas A&M on Tuesday, coming on in the 13th inning and working until the Mavs took the lead in the top of the 18th ... Three days later, returned to the hill to work a three-inning save with a one-run lead in the series opener vs. Georgia State ... In the series-clinching win vs. GSU on Sunday, Gross came out of the bullpen to induce a key ground-ball double play.

Player of the Week Nominee
Will Olson, R-Jr., C - Sherman, Texas  

Last Week: .350 (7-for-20), 3 HR, 7 RBI, 2B, 4 BB, 1 HBP, .462 OB%, .850 SLG, 5 R
2018: .246 (16-for-65), 5 HR, 14 RBI, 2 2B, 9 BB, 2 HBP, .351 OB%, .508 SLG, 12 R

NOTES: Junior catcher Will Olson had a prolific week for the Mavs, belting three homers ... Olson hit .350 (7-for-20) with seven RBI in five games, ripping two homers in a win over Georgia State in the series clincher after a go-ahead blast in a win over the Panthers on Friday night ... His final homer in the Georgia State series was a walk-off blast in the 10th inning to clinch the series ... Over the three-game series with Georgia State, Olson was 6-for-11 with three blast and seven RBI.

TEAM NOTES
UTA baseball completed a 5-0 week with a series sweep over Georgia State to open Sun Belt Conference play over the weekend. The Mavs also earned an 18-inning win at No. 6 Texas A&M on Tuesday night - the longest game played in TAMU history - and a seven-run pasting of Minnesota on Wednesday.

The Mavs used a prolific power duo of Will Olson and Noah Vaughan to propel the sweep over Georgia State. Olson hit three homers over the first two games, including a walk-off blast to clinch the series, and Vaughan belted two jacks, with his second coming as the walk-off homer to give UTA a sweep on Sunday. Both of the UTA homers came with the Mavs trailing in their final chance at-bat.

UTA (9-9, 3-0 Sun Belt Conference) broke out during the five-game week that saw the Mavs work a total of 55 innings. UTA posted a 5-0 team ERA during the week and hit .288 with seven homers and 42 runs. Overall, the Mavs have hit .246 with 14 homers and 101 runs in 18 games, sporting a 5.38 team ERA in 170.2 innings. On the mound, freshman David Moffat won all three of his games in relief.

UTA's win at Texas A&M marked the fifth consecutive season the Mavs have posted a top-25 win. The 18-inning game was the second-longest in program history and was the longest in Aggie baseball annals. UTA got sterling pitching outings from Carlos Tavera, Logan Austin and Andrew Gross as the game went scoreless for the first 17 innings before the Mavs broke out with five in the 18th.

Vaughan has powered the offensive attack for UTA in 2018, owning a .310 average (22-for-71) with three doubles, five triples, five homers and 16 RBI, owning a 1.134 OPS with two steals and four outfield assists from his centerfield post. Vaughan ranks among the UTA career (11) and single-season leaders in triples and is coming off five extra-base hits over the five-game week.

Senior first baseman Omar Salinas has hit .304 (21-for-69) with three doubles and 10 RBI, owning a 12-5 walk-strikeout ratio. Outfielder Phil Berthiaume has hit .280, second baseman/outfielder Christian Holler has batted .269 with a homer and seven RBI, and shortstop Josh Minjarez is hitting .269 with a double, homer and eight RBI. Olson has batted .246 with two doubles, five homers and 14 RBI, with catcher Jakob Nunez adding a .242 average with a homer and seven RBI. Outfielder/infielder Zac Cook has batted .220 with seven RBI and a .355 on-base percentage, third baseman RJ Williams has a homer and 10 RBI, with outfielder Aaron Funk driving in four runs and second baseman Easton Johnson plating six RBI.

UTA used the weekend rotation of senior southpaw Brad Vassar (2-1, 2.86 ERA) on Friday, senior righty Trae Patterson (0-1, 7.56 ERA) on Saturday and junior right-hander Kai'kepono Anderson (0-1, 8.05 ERA) last weekend. Freshman righty David Moffat (3-4, 3.26 ERA) went 3-0 last week in his three appearances over 6.1 innings. Right-handers Cody Wernli (0-0, 0.00 ERA), Tristan Tom (0-0, 0.00 ERA), Andrew Gross (1-0, 1.46 ERA), Logan Austin (0-0, 5.40 ERA), Carlos Tavera (0-0, 6.48 ERA), Daniel James (0-2, 6.75 ERA), Dylan Schneider (0-0, 8.59 ERA) and Jordon West (1-0, 9.64 ERA) have each appeared in at least four games in relief. Southpaws Ryan Buss (1-0, 3.09 ERA), Drew Gooch (1-0, 7.04 ERA), Adam Meyer (0-0, 10.80 ERA) and Jake Wilcox (0-0, 13.50 ERA) have each worked in at least three games out of the bullpen.

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