Feb. 12, 2014
By Taylor Wright | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas – UT Arlington baseball has a strong battery of experienced Mavericks and newcomers for the 2014 season.
The Mavericks will rely heavily on senior Greg McCall behind the plate. McCall, a three-year letterwinner, earned second-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors last season.
"We return McCall behind the plate and I expect him to have a great senior year," UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas said. "I feel like our three catchers are as good as we've had since I've been here."
UT Arlington's pitching staff for the 2014 season will be composed of eight returners and eight newcomers. Of the eight returners, six are right-handed pitchers, while the other two are southpaws. Keegan Hucul, Brad Vachon and Chase Weaver are the main hurlers returning for the Mavericks.
Of the eight high school players and transfers new to the squad, six are right-handed and two throw from the left side. These Mavs round out a pitching staff with four southpaws and 12 right-handed pitchers.
"We return seven arms that threw a lot for us last spring," Thomas said. "Vachon returns as our Friday starter, while Weaver and Hucul give us two quality left-handed pitchers back from last year. We also have added some quality pitching that will push for roles and innings for us. If we can stay healthy, I like the depth on our staff."
Pitchers, catchers and the rest of the Mavericks open their 2014 slate by hosting the UTA Invitational at Clay Gould Ballpark on Friday. UTA will face Stephen F. Austin, Incarnate Word and Oklahoma State during the weekend tournament.