March 10, 2011
ARLINGTON, Tex. - UT Arlington opens its Southland Conference slate this weekend at Sam Houston State (11-2).
The Bearkats enter the three-game series in Huntsville riding a 10-game win streak, including a 7-0 victory at Rice. The Mavericks (6-6) had their four-game win streak snapped Tuesday night at No. 7 TCU.
Here is a closer look at this weekend's series:
UT Arlington (6-6) at Sam Houston State (11-2)
March 11-13, 2011
Don Sanders Stadium (1,163)
In the Polls: UTA (RV), SHSU (RV)
Friday, 6:30 p.m.
UT Arlington (Lance Day, RHP, 1-2, 3.05) vs. Sam Houston State (Matt Shelton, RHP, 2-0, 3.24)
Saturday, 2:00 p.m.
UT Arlington (Calan Pritchard, LHP, 1-0, 3.00) vs. Sam Houston State (Brent Powers, LHP, 2-0, 1.42)
Sunday, 1:00 p.m.
UT Arlington (Michael Oberto, RHP, 2-0, 3.21) vs. Sam Houston State (Brandon Kimbrel, RHP, 1-0, 2.55)
Follow the game online at www.utamavs.com.
FIRST PITCH: UT Arlington continues its marathon schedule with the second leg starting Friday. The Mavericks played five games in six games from March 3-8 and now begin a stretch of eight games in 10 days, starting with the three-game series at Sam Houston State. UT Arlington had its four-game winning streak snapped Tuesday in a 7-3 loss at No. 7 TCU. The MavericksÂÂ?f four-game win streak included two victories over No. 19 Wichita State and a 13-2 win over Dallas Baptist. The Bearkats, meanwhile, have won 10 consecutive games, including a 7-0 victory at Rice on Tuesday.
INSIDE THE SERIES: Sam Houston State leads the all-time series against UT Arlington, 49-42. The Bearkats have also enjoyed recent success as winners of five of the last six meetings. The Mavericks have not won a road game against Sam Houston State since May 27, 2005 when they capped a three-game sweep with a 4-2 victory. Since then, the Bearkats have swept UTA in both series in Huntsville. Last year Sam Houston State won two of the three games at Clay Gould Ballpark. The Mavericks beat the Bearkats in the opening game of the weekend, 9-6, but fell 4-3 and 12-7 in the final two contests. Both teams received votes in the National Collegiate Baseball WritersÂÂ?f Association poll this week.
HEATING UP: Over the last five games, UT ArlingtonÂÂ?fs bats have started rolling. The Mavericks have at least 10 hits in each game during that stretch against quality pitching staffs like TCU and Wichita State. UTA has also found its power swing during that stretch with 20 doubles, a triple and three home runs. Before the five-game stretch, the Mavs managed 14 doubles, no triples and no homers in the first seven contests. Chad Comer, Michael Guerra and Preston Beck have led the way. Comer has five extra-base hits in his last five, including the triple. Guerra and Beck both hit homers against TCU.
PRIMETIME PLAYER: CollegeBaseball360.com honored UTA outfielder Ryan Walker as one of the publicationÂÂ?fs Primetime Players for his play during the week of 2/28-3/6. UT Arlington found its offensive rhythm last week thanks in large part to its true freshman leadoff hitter. Walker went 9-for-20 over the week with three doubles, nine runs scored, two RBI and a stolen base. He also notched his second four-hit game of the season Sunday against Wichita State.