BSB: Mavs host ASU for first SBC home series
March 20, 2014
UT Arlington (7-14, 0-3 SBC) vs. Arkansas State (11-9, 3-0)
Friday - UTA Brad Vachon (1-4, 4.79) vs. ASU David Own (3-0, 3.28)
ARLINGTON, Texas - UT Arlington baseball hosts Arkansas State on Friday at 6:30 p.m. to begin the Mavericks' first-ever Sun Belt Conference home series.
The Mavericks (7-14, 0-3 SBC) enter with their first winning streak of the season after mid-week wins over No. 16 Sam Houston State and Columbia. UTA is trying to avoid falling to 0-4 for the first time to begin conference play since 2007.
"They are going to bring a 3-0 team with a lot of confidence," UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas said. "We are playing better. I don't think we played that bad last weekend. I really thought we should have won a couple of those against a good club. Hopefully we have got the bad part out of the way and can get going here."
UTA and Arkansas State last met as conference opponents in 1987. The teams were once rivals in the Southland Conference.
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.
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: The Mavericks hold a 35-33 advantage in the all-time series and are 7-3 in the last 10 meetings (all in Arlington).
MAVS OVER THE MID-WEEK: UT Arlington earned back-to-back wins for the first time this season with victories over No. 16 Sam Houston State and Columbia.
SHSU raced out to a four-run lead in the second before UTA scored six unanswered through the fourth. UTA’s bullpen pitched 6 innings overall and allowed just 1 run and posted 5 strikeotus.
The Mavs raced out to a four-run lead vs. Columbia in the first and went on to win 8-4. Eight out of nine starters in the UTA lineup posted a hit as the Mavs hit 14 overall.
RECORD SETTER: UTA's 19-inning game at McNeese State (2/21) is the longest game played in Mavericks' history. 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.