Feb. 28, 2013
UT Arlington Hilton Invitational / Tournament Central
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By Michael Eldridge | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas – UT Arlington plays host to the three-day Hilton Invitational beginning Friday. The Mavericks face Baptist at 3 p.m. in the second game. HBU and Illinois matchup up in the tournament opener at 11 a.m.
“Both teams are going to be good,” UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas said. “I expect a good weekend and I’m excited.”
The Mavericks are 5-2 . UT Arlington has won its first two series of the season against LA Tech and Northeastern, sandwiched around a midweek loss to Texas.
The Mavericks enter the weekend at the top of the Western Athletic Conference, with several players among the league leaders. Brad Vachon tops all pitchers with a perfect 0.00 ERA in two appearances and one start, while Justin Copeland is eighth in the WAC with a .393 batting average.
UTA is 5-3 all-time against the Huskies, including a 3-1 advantage in 2012. The Huskies are making their second appearance in the UT Arlington Hilton Invitational and were 2-1 last year with the lone loss coming to UTA.
Illinois is 4-3 after a winning three consecutive games and 3-4 all-time against the Mavericks. This is the first meeting between the two clubs since 2007, when the Illini defeated UTA 4-3.
The tournament is a part of an eight-game home stand for UTA that will close out on March 5 against No. 18 Oklahoma.
For rosters, live stats and more from the UT Arlington Hilton Invitational, please visit the tournament home page.
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