BSB: UTA hosts Baylor to close homestand
March 24, 2014
UT Arlington (8-16, 1-4 SBC) vs. Baylor (13-10, 4-2 Big 12)
Probable Starting Pitchers
ARLINGTON, Texas - UT Arlington is looking to close out a six-game homestand with a winning record when the Baylor Bears come to Clay Gould Ballpark on Tuesday night.
The Mavericks are 3-2 during the stand with nonconference wins over No. 16 Sam Houston State and Columbia. UTA went 1-2 in a Sun Belt series with Arkansas State over the weekend.
This is the second meeting of the season between UTA and Baylor. The Bears defeated the Mavs 5-2 on Feb. 18 in Waco.
The Mavs had just four hits in the contest, but found themselves with a 2-1 lead in the sixth. However, the Bears scored four runs in the sixth and seventh innings to top the Mavericks for the fourth consecutive time.
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Matt Shortall is a double shy of breaking into the top 10. Three players are tied for ninth with 37 overall (Clay Gould, Jeff Stephens and Trey Hillman). Shortall is also two homers away from the top 10 list. Billy Martin and Daniel Ortmeier each have 20 for their careers.
FEET FROM THE CYCLE: Designated hitter Matt Shortall was a few feet short of UTA's seventh all-time cycle in program history on March 22 vs. Arkansas State.
In his fifth at-bat of the contest, Shortall attempted to stretch a double to the right-center field wall, but was called out at third on the play.
Shortall finished 5-for-5 to notch his second five-hit game of the season, third of his career.
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 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.