Feb. 21, 2013
UT Arlington Mavericks (3-1) vs. Northeastern Huskies (1-2)
Feb. 22-23 / Clay Gould Ballpark
Series: First meeting
UTA Probable Starting Pitchers
Northeastern Probable Starting Pitchers
Friday: Chris Carmain (0-1, 11.25 ERA)
Saturday: Nick Berger (0-1, 6.75)
Saturday: Kevin Ferguson (1-0, 1.50)
By Michael Eldridge | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas – Coming off a midweek loss to Texas, UT Arlington opens up a three-game series Friday at 6:30 p.m. against Northeastern to begin an eight-game homestand at Clay Gould Ballpark. The teams play a doubleheader starting Saturday at noon.
The Mavericks have opened up their 2013 campaign with a 3-1 record after sweeping the opening series against Louisiana Tech and dropping a 2-1 decision to Texas on Tuesday. UTA is 3-0 at home for the first time since 2005.
“We know we are playing a veteran club in Northeastern,” UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas said, “so we need to play well in order to win the series.”
This will mark the first meeting between the clubs and the second consecutive weekend in which Northeastern will face a team on the road in the state of Texas. The Huskies went 1-2 against the Houston Cougars last week.
UTA has several hot bats entering the series. Senior Jake Pinchback leads the team with a .429 average in the first four games with six hits, including four in UTA’s final game against LA Tech. Justin Copeland has a team-leading seven hits and is hitting .412 (7-17).
Probable starters for the weekend are Andy Scott, John Beck and Brad Vachon. Both Beck and Scott started for the Mavericks in the opening series. Beck thew five innings, allowing just three hits in the season opener. Scott dazzled in his opening start, pitching five innings of scoreless ball with five strikeouts in his first start for UTA.
Following the series with Northeastern, the Mavericks host the UT Arlington Hilton Invitational (March 1-3) with Houston Baptist and Illinois. Oklahoma on March 5 concludes the homestand.
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