BSB: Mavs face No. 16 Sam Houston on Tuesday
March 17, 2014
UT Arlington (5-14) vs. No. 16 Sam Houston State (Tues.) & Columbia (Wed.)
ARLINGTON, Texas - UT Arlington faces No. 16 Sam Houston State on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. to open a five-game homestand at Clay Gould Ballpark.
The Mavericks (5-14, 0-3 Sun Belt Conference) are amidst a four-game losing streak after being swept to open conference play by Texas State. The Bearkats have won six of their last seven games entering Tuesday's game.
The homestand continues on Wednesday vs. Columbia at 6:30 p.m. The Mavs host their first SBC home series beginning Friday vs. Arkansas State.
BROADCAST INFORMATION: Live video and audio is available on UTAMavs.com. UTARadio.com broadcasts select home games for UT Arlington baseball and can be found on iHeartRadio.
VERSUS: Sam Houston State leads the all-time series against UTA 52-47. UTA and SHSU met for the first time as nonconference opponents last season (4/23/13) in Huntsville. The Bearkats used a five-run seventh to defeat the Mavericks 10-7. Chase Weaver, UTA's lone pitcher remaining from the contest, pitched 5.2 innings in relief and struck out 6. Columbia and UTA are meeting for the first time.
MAVS OVER THE LAST WEEK: UT Arlington went 1-4 last week after its lone win vs. Utah on Monday (3/10). UTA fell in extra innings to Oklahoma on Tuesday at Globe Life Park 3-2 (10).
The Mavericks began Sun Belt Conference play in San Marcos vs. Texas State and were swept for the first time to start conference play since 2009. After Friday's 10-5 loss, the Mavericks held late inning leads in setbacks Saturday and Sunday.
RECORD SETTER: UTA's 19-inning game at McNeese State (2/21) is the longest game played in Mavericks' history. Justin Copeland tied a NCAA DI record, as well as set new a UTA and Sun Belt Conference record, with 10 at-bats. Shortall's four doubles set a new UTA all-time record and tied the SBC record.
The Mavs hit nine doubles as a team to tie a UTA record, now done twice with the last coming against TCU in 1993. Miller was hit by four pitches in the game to tie for second in the NCAA DI record books. Finally, McCall's 25 putouts ties him at sixth all-time in DI baseball history.
THIRD YEAR, THIRD CONFERENCE: The Mavericks baseball team will be in their third conference in as many years with the move to the Sun Belt Conference. UTA moved from the Southland Conference in 2012 to the Western Athletic Conference in 2013.
BACK-TO-BACK CHAMPIONSHIPS: UT Arlington finished the 2013 season with 31-27 record and a share of the Western Athletic Conference regular-season title. It was UTA's second consecutive championship (2012 SLC Tournament). McCall (second-team), Shortall (first-team) and Brad Vachon (second-team) earned All-WAC honors last season.
MAVS PICKED FIFTH IN PRESEASON: The Mavericks were picked to finish fifth in their first season in the Sun Belt Conference by league coaches.
PRESEASON PLAYER HONORS: Shortall was named to the 2014 Louisville Slugger preseason All-American third-team, as well as the preseason All-SBC team. Shortall and Vachon also earned preseason All-SBC honors from College Sports Madness.
HOME TICKETS: Single-game and season tickets for the UT Arlington 2014 baseball season are on sale at UTATickets.com or by calling 817-272-9595.