BSB: Mavs travel to face South Alabama
March 27, 2014
UT Arlington (9-16, 1-5 SBC) vs. South Alabama (13-10, 3-2 SBC)
Mobile, Ala. (Stanky Field)
ARLINGTON, Texas - UT Arlington is searching for its first Sun Belt Conference road win at South Alabama this weekend. The three-game series begins Friday at 6:30 p.m. The Mavericks (9-16, 1-5 SBC) are facing the Jaguars (13-10, 3-2) for the first time.
UTA completed a six-game homestand with a 4-2 record, defeating nonconference opponents No. 16 Sam Houston State, Columbia and Baylor. UTA was 1-2 against Arkansas State in Sun Belt play.
Senior Matt Shortall hit .500 over the homestand, including three homers and four doubles.
BROADCAST INFORMATION: Live stats, video and audio are available on USAJaguars.com for Friday and Sunday's contest. Saturday's game will be broadcasted on the Sun Belt Network and WatchESPN.
Matt Shortall is tied for ninth all-time in doubles after a two-bagger against Baylor on March 25. Shortall is tied with Clay Gould, Jeff Stephens and Trey Hillman. Up next is B.G Wilson (38), Aaron Batlle (39) and Ryan Roberts (42). 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 into a triple, but called out on a close play. Shortall was 5-for-5 for 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 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.