BSB: Mavericks travel to face Texas Tech
March 7, 2013
UT Arlington at Texas Tech
March 8-10 / Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park
Live Stats: www.texastech.com
Friday, 6:30 p.m. (Fox College Sports)
Probable Starting Pitchers
ARLINGTON, Texas - Following a midweek victory over No. 12 Oklahoma, UT Arlington faces its third Big 12 opponent of the season this weekend in Texas Tech at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
The Mavericks (8-4) are looking to end a 15-game losing skid against the Red Raiders (8-6) dating back to 1982, the last time the two teams meet in a weekend series. The teams last met in 2006 at the Midland Collegiate Classic, with the Raiders winning 15-7. The Raiders lead the all-time series 19-4 and are 13-0 at home against the Mavericks.
"It will be good to get on the road and see how we react to it," UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas said. "We have had one road game. We are playing well and I am looking forward to playing a good opponent."
Friday night's 6:30 p.m. game will be broadcasted on Fox College Sports, while Saturday and Sunday's game is available on TexasTech.com.
UTA is coming off its 6-1 victory over the Sooners. Eight of the nine starters for the Mavs had a hit. Matt Shortall improved his average with two hits to a team-best .395, good for third in the WAC. Justin Copeland (.370) and Ryan Walker (.356) both join Shortall in the conference top 10. The Mavericks .305 team average is second in the WAC.
"That's the first time in a while I've seen that we have eight out of nine hitting above .300," Thomas said. "It's still early but I think we have swung the bats pretty well. More so than just swinging the bats, we have executed offensively."
Texas Tech split a midweek series with No. 16 Arizona. The Raiders fell 6-2 in the opening game before defeating the Wildcats 5-2 on Wednesday.
Following the weekend series, UTA travels to Arkansas-Little Rock on Tuesday at 3 p.m. The Mavericks return to Clay Gould Ballpark on March 15 to begin a three-game series with McNeese State.