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ARLINGTON, Texas -- In the midst of a five-game homestand against teams included in the 2016 NCAA Tournament, UTA baseball will host No. 23 Dallas Baptist on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. CT at Clay Gould Ballpark. The game will be broadcast live on UTAMavs.com, with Josh Sours and Amanda Kent on the call.
Tuesday vs. No. 23 DBU
Jr., RHP Reid Petty (1-0, 1.80 ERA) vs. So., LHP Coby Weaver (0-0, 4.76 ERA)
UTA is coming off a four-game week to open its home schedule, suffering a 7-2 loss to No. 1 TCU on Tuesday in front of a program-record 2,008 fans at Clay Gould Ballpark. The Mavs pushed TCU into the eighth inning in a 2-2 game before the high-octane Frogs exploded in the final two stanzas.
UTA then hosted Louisiana Tech, a veteran laden club that advanced to the NCAA Starkville Regional Championship game in 2016 vs. the Southeastern Conference Champion Mississippi State Bulldogs. UTA suffered a 3-1 loss in 10 innings on Friday night as a shallow pop-up in rightfield fell into no-mans land to allow the decisive two runs to score in the 10th. LATECH then used runs in the eighth and ninth to erase a UTA lead on Saturday and post a 7-3 win. The Mavs then pushed Louisiana Tech into extra innings with a seventh-frame, three-run rally but suffered 6-4 loss in 11 innings after an error allowed the decisive runs to score.
LEADING THE MAVS
UTA has hit .260/.348/.320 as a team through eight games, scoring 26 runs, belting eight doubles and three homers, stealing five bases. On the mound, UTA has a strong 3.25 team ERA in 74.2 innings, walking 28 and striking out 58, with opponents hitting .264. Defensively, UTA has fielded .963, turning eight double plays and catching five runners stealing, with a pair of pickoffs.
Individually, junior outfielder Phil Berthiaume has hit .400 to lead the team, collecting multi-hit games in five of his seven starts. Senior catcher Brady Cox has hit .333 with two doubles and four RBI, with Quintin Rohrbaugh hitting .286 with a homer and four RBI. UTA has gotten a pair of homers from sophomore outfielder Noah Vaughan, who has added a double and a .226 average.
On the mound, UTA has used the weekend rotation of senior righty Kadon Simmons (0-1, 3.38 ERA) on Friday, junior right-hander Trae Patterson (0-1, 1.38 ERA) on Saturday and junior southpaw Jakob Hernandez (0-0, 5.06 ERA) on Sunday. In relief, sophomore righty Dylan Schneider (0-2, 1.80 ERA) has a team-high six relief outings, allowing only three hits in 10 innings. Lefty Jake Wilcox (0-0, 4.50 ERA) has appeared in five games, with Jordan West (0-1, 5.68 ERA) owning a save in four games.
SCOUTING THE FOES
Dallas Baptist (5-2) opened its series with a series win over ULM at home, before posting a win at No. 21 Rice in midweek action. Last weekend, the Patriots claimed a series win over New Mexico, posting a 7-6 walk-off win over the Lobos in the rubber match on Sunday.
DBU has hit .293 as a team in seven games, belting 13 homers and 20 doubles, scoring 51 runs and owning a .565 slugging and .380 on-base percentage. On the mound, DBU has a 3.05 team ERA in 65 innings, allowing only 49 hits and 22 walks, striking out 54, with foes hitting .211. Defensively, DBU has fielded .962 with 11 errors, turning 17 double plays.
Matt Duce leads the club with a .344 average with four doubles and Austin Listi has belted three homers and hit .310. Logan Sepanek and Garrett Wolforth have each belted two homers. In relief, Seth Elledge has a save in three relief outings, fanning seven in 3.2 innings.
Dallas Baptist leads the all-time series with UTA, 38=33, with the Mavs owning a 25-16 advantage in games played at home. DBU has won four consecutive games with the Mavs last win coming in 2013 in Grand Prairie.
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