BSB: Mavericks set to open 2013 season
Feb. 14, 2013
UT Arlington (0-0) vs. Louisiana Tech (0-0)
LA Tech Probable Starting Pitchers (2012 Stats)
By Michael Eldridge | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas – Opening Day for UT Arlington is Friday, Feb. 15 when the Mavericks host the Louisiana Tech in a three-game series at Clay Gould Ballpark.
This is the second season in a row in which the Bulldogs and Mavericks will open up the season. UTA took two out of three last season, including the opener 17-10.
In 2013, UT Arlington welcomes three teams that played in the 2012 NCAA Super Regionals to Clay Gould including Big 12 preseason favorite Oklahoma, TCU and Baylor. The Mavericks will also play on the road against three teams in the NCAA Tournament in 2012 at Texas A&M, Sam Houston State and New Mexico State. UT Arlington also plays host to Dallas Baptist.
“We always play those schools and try to keep them on our nonconference schedule,” UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas said. “We did have some success last season but we aren’t going to sneak up on anybody this year. However, a tough nonconference schedule will help prepare us as we get into WAC play.”
This will be the first and last season for the Mavericks in the Western Athletic Conference before moving to the Sun Belt in 2014.
UT Arlington was 4-2 in 2012 against the Big 12 with wins against No. 2 Texas A&M, No. 13 Texas and No. 16 Oklahoma. The Mavericks were also 1-1 against cross-town rival TCU, which moves to the Big 12 this season. The Mavericks will face TCU three times this season, with a March 19 date against the Frogs at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
The Mavericks open up WAC play on March 22 with a three game series at UTSA. UTA’s first home conference series is scheduled for April 5-7 against CSU Bakersfield.
“I thought the Southland Conference was tough for baseball last season,” Thomas said. “We had different teams in the top 25 at a given time and it was a good conference for us. I don’t know a lot about the west side of the Western Athletic Conference but I know we will play on a strong side. It wouldn’t surprise me if the WAC is a three-bid league to the NCAA Tournament at the end of the year.”
Tickets for all of UTA’s 29 home games this season are available at UTAtickets.com. Tickets for the Mavericks game at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington will be on sale soon.