Baseball set to battle No. 7 TCU
March 7, 2011
ARLINGTON, Tex. - UT Arlington looks to run its win streak to five games Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. when it plays last year's runner-up TCU at Lupton Stadium in Fort Worth.
The game can be seen on The Mtn. (DirecTV channel 616).
Here is a closer look at Tuesday night's game:
FIRST PITCH: UT Arlington plays its fifth game in six days in search of its fifth consecutive win. The Mavericks have won their last four games since falling 4-3 to No. 2 Oklahoma. The four-game winning streak includes a pair of wins over No. 19 Wichita State, who UTA defeated 6-3 on March 3 and 9-3 on March 6. UTA has accumulated at least 14 hits in each of its last three games. The Mavericks' bats caught fire on March 4 when they smashed homestanding Dallas Baptist 13-2 and followed that performance with a dominating 14-0 victory over New Orleans. The Mavs combined for 51 hits in the three games, including 14 for extra-bases. UTA had 11 multi-hit performances in the final two games of the Dallas Baptist Invitational and four more Sunday against Wichita State, led by Ryan Walker's four hits. During the winning stretch, UTA starters have been a major reason for the team's success. The four starters -- Calan Pritchard, Lance Day, Michael Oberto and Brody Walker -- have combined for a 1.80 ERA (5 ER/25.0 IP).
INSIDE THE SERIES: TCU leads the all-time series against UT Arlington, 88-55-1. The tie, which occured in Arlington in 1978, marks the only tie in UTA baseball history. The Mavericks are just 19-54 all-time in road games against TCU and haven't won on the Horned Frogs' turf since March 3, 2003. TCU has had a great deal of success in recent years, entering tonight's game on a 14-game win streak in the series that dates back to 2004. TCU is the only team UTA coach Darin Thomas has never beaten in at least two attempts.
GIANT KILLERS: The Mavericks have proven to be a pesky team against the elite teams in the nation in recent years. UTA coach Darin Thomas has beaten every Big 12 program he has faced in his four years as head coach. During that time, the Mavericks have also gone 11-19 against ranked teams. That record includes a 2-1 mark through three games against ranked teams this season. The Mavericks beat No. 19 Wichita State twice in a four-day span. The upset wins over the Shockers came just days after the Mavs pushed No. 2 Oklahoma to the brink on March 1 at Clay Gould Ballpark. UTA led 3-2 with two outs in the seventh before OU tied the game with a solo home run. The Sooners scored what proved to be the winning run on a wild pitch in the eighth inning.
DOUBLE TROUBLE: Before the Dallas Baptist Invitational, the Mavericks had the worst slugging percentage in the Southland Conference. Over the last two games, UT Arlington has found its power stroke. The Mavericks still have just one home run -- hit by Michael Guerra in the sixth inning of the Dallas Baptist game on Friday -- but had 18 doubles and a triple in the three tournament games and Sunday's 9-3 win over Wichita State. UTA blasted six doubles against Wichita State -- including three by Chad Comer, Jordan Vaughn and Brian Nephew on consecutive pitches. It followed with five against the Patriots and five against New Orleans.