MAVERICKS BASEBALL PROGRAM HELPS KICK OFF MIRACLE LEAGUE SEASON
April 3, 2008
ARLINGTON, Texas - - The UT Arlington baseball team will use most of Friday evening trying to capture Game 1 of a crucial Southland Conference series against Sam Houston State.
But the late afternoon will be spent with kids, parents and volunteers in the Arlington community who help with the Miracle League baseball program. The Miracle League's official kickoff ceremony begins at 4 p.m. at Clay Gould Ballpark. Food, games and entertainment will be part of the fun, and speeches from Miracle League Representatives and Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck will highlight the event.
Kids in the Miracle League will interact with Maverick baseball players in hitting throwing and defensive activities. The team will be announced as they parade along the warning track behind home plate.
At 6:35, fans of the Miracle League are invited to cheer on the Mavericks against the Bearkats.
UTA is riding a three-game win streak, thanks to victory on Sunday against UTSA and a double-header sweep against UT Pan American on Tuesday evening. The double-header included a nine-run inning from UTA's offense.
The Mavericks will send Ryan Robinson to the mound in the first game in hopes of taking early control of the series.
"In the first four weekends of the year, we will have played some of the best teams in the conference," UTA coach Darin Thomas said. "We have done some things right over the past few games, so hopefully, we can build on those things and get the series off on the right foot."
Sam Houston State (16-11, 5-4) stands in a tie for third place in the SLC West Division. UTA (10-18, 3-6) is just two games behind the Bearkats. The Mavericks and Bearkats continue their series at 2 p.m. Saturday at Clay Gould Ballpark. Taking the hill for UTA will be right-handed ace Nathan Long.
The series finale is schedule Sunday, featuring Maverick pitcher Andy Sauter. First pitch in Game 3 is set for 1 p.m.