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Baseball looks to take fourth consecutive SLC series

Michael Morales and the bullpen have been a big reason why the Mavericks are off to such a good start in conference.

 
Michael Morales and the bullpen have been a big reason why the Mavericks are off to such a good start in conference.
 

April 1, 2011

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THIBODAUX, La. - UT Arlington looks for its fourth consecutive Southland Conference series win this weekend when the Mavericks take on Nicholls in Thibodaux, La.

The Mavericks (14-11, 6-3) have split the first two games in the previous three series only to win in extra innings in the three Sunday games.

Friday's first pitch is set for 6:00 p.m.

Here is a closer look at the series:

UT Arlington (14-11, 6-3) at Nicholls (9-14, 1-8)
April 1-3, 2011 // Thibodaux, La.
Ray E. Didier Field (1,700)

PROBABLE STARTERS
Friday, 6:00 p.m.
UT Arlington (Lance Day, RHP, 1-4, 2.66)
vs. Nicholls (Seth Webster, RHP, 1-1, 1.85)

Saturday, 3:00 p.m.
UT Arlington (Collin Reynolds, RHP, 2-2, 4.50)
vs. Nicholls (Brian Arceneaux, RHP, 1-4, 5.76)

Sunday, 1:00 p.m.
UT Arlington (John Beck, RHP, 1-0, 3.48)
vs. Nicholls (Mike Wisecarver, LHP, 2-2, 4.18)

LEADING OFF
FIRST PITCH: Two days after pushing No. 5 Texas A&M to extra inning, the Mavericks open a four-game homestand Friday night in Thibodaux, La. UT Arlington and Nicholls square off in a three-game series. The Mavs enter the series at 6-3 in Southland Conference games and in a three-way tie for third place in the league. UTA has gone 2-1 in each of the first three series. The Mavs have not minded putting in extra work to get to that record, requiring extra innings in all three series-deciding Sunday games - wins over Sam Houston State, UTSA and Northwestern State. The Colonels have not enjoyed as much success, coming into the series 1-8 in SLC games. Nicholls was swept by Lamar and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the first two conference series of the year, but did hand Stephen F. Austin its first conference loss of the season last weekend. The Lumberjacks took two out of three from the Colonels in the series.

 

 

INSIDE THE SERIES: UT Arlington is 36-24 all-time against Nicholls and holds a 15-12 advantage over the Colonels in Thibodaux, La. The Mavericks have dominated the recent series, winning six of the last seven. In last year's series, the Mavs won two of three in Arlington, but dropped the series finale, 3-1. The two teams met again in the Southland Conference Tournament in Corpus Christi, where UTA defeated the Colonels 5-4. The last time these two teams met at Nicholls, UTA swept a three-game series in 2009. The Colonels swept the Mavericks at Ray E. Didier Field in 2007.

CLOSING IN ON 100: UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas enters today's game with 99 career victories. With one more, Thomas would become the third coach in UTA history to win 100 games.

WORKING OVERTIME: Over the last six games, UTA has gone to extra innings three times. The Mavs are 2-1 in extra-inning games in that stretch and 3-1 overall. UTA dropped its first extra-inning game of the season on Wednesday when No. 5 Texas A&M scored three times in the 10th to escape Clay Gould Ballpark with a 7-4 victory. The Mavs' last three Southland Conference finales have all gone into extra innings with UTA winning all three. In all, the Mavericks have earned four of their six SLC victories either in extra innings or in walk-off fashion.

POWERED UP: It took half of UT Arlington's home slate, but the Mavericks finally hit their first home run at Clay Gould Ballpark on Wednesday when RF Preston Beck launched a two-run shot in the first inning against Texas A&M. The Mavs now have six total home runs this season -- five of which have come on the road.

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