BSB: UTA takes on TCU at Rangers Ballpark
March 18, 2013
UT Arlington Mavericks vs. TCU Horned Frogs
By Michael Eldridge | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas -- An historic night awaits the Mavericks when they take on Big 12 rival TCU in their first ever trip to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
The meeting is the first of three between UT Arlington and TCU, as each will also host a home-and-home during the course of the season. The team's split the season-series in 2012 with each team winning at home. The Mavericks defeated the Horned Frogs 4-3 in 10 innings before falling 5-1 on the road.
UT Arlington is the home team at Rangers Ballpark.
"It is going to be a really good experience," UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas said. "It is something that we have never done. Our guys are looking forward to it. It is always a fun time when we play TCU but it is going to be even bigger playing them at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington."
Junior Keegan Hucul is scheduled to make his third start of the season. The left hander has made seven appearances for the Mavs and bolsters a 5.40 ERA. Hucul went 4.2 innings against Houston Baptist in his last start on March 3. He gave up just five hits and two earned runs on the way to striking out three.
The Mavericks are coming off a week in which the team went 1-3. UTA lost 12-2 at UALR on Tuesday and dropped the opening two games in its home series against McNeese State. Chase Weaver helped end the three-game skid by pitching 6.2 innings of relief in Sunday's win over over McNeese State. The junior struck out five without allowing a run, and gave up just two hits.
"It was a good win for us," Thomas said. "Weaver really picked us up in relief and we found a way to win."
UTA brings an offense that is hitting .278 as a team and features six players hitting over .300. Matt Shortall enters with a nine-game hitting streak and a team-leading .406 batting average. He has two home runs, two triples, six doubles and 26 hits this season.
Tickets are available by going online at www.utatickets.com or by calling 817-272-9595. Seating is general admission and pricing is $6 for the general public.
Students have the ability to login to their account on www.utatickets.com and receive up to two (2) complimentary tickets, and have the ability to purchase up to four (4) additional at $3 per ticket.
Walkups will be available at the Rangers Ballpark the day of the event. Tickets will be $10 for adults, while youth and UTA/TCU students will be $6.