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ARLINGTON, Texas -- UTA baseball will conclude a four-game homestand with a Tuesday matchup vs. No. 3 TCU, with first pitch slated for 6:30 p.m. CT at Clay Gould Ballpark. The game will be broadcast live on UTAMavs.com, with the Voice of UTA Baseball, Josh Sours, calling the action.
UTA (14-15, 5-4 Sun Belt Conference) will meet the high-octane Horned Frogs for the second of a three-game midweek series. TCU posted a 7-2 win over the Mavs in UTA's home opener on Feb. 21, in front of a program record 2,008 fans at Clay Gould Ballpark. The Mavs took a 2-0 lead into the third inning, before TCU evened the game with single runs in the third and fifth innings and took a commanding lead with five runs over the eighth and ninth innings.
Tuesday vs. TCU
Jr., RHP Jordon West (0-1, 7.43 ERA) vs. R-Sr., RHP Mitchell Traver (0-0, 2.45 ERA)
West, a native of Taylorsville, Utah, has appeared in 10 games with one start, coming in UTA's win over No. 4 Texas Tech at Globe Life Ballpark on March 14. West has worked in 13.1 innings, allowing 17 hits and nine walks, fanning 10 and owning UTA's first save of the season on opening weekend vs. SEMO. West worked 3.2 one-hit, one-run innings in UTA's win over Texas Tech, walking three and striking out one.
LEADING THE MAVS
UTA has hit .266 as a team in 29 games, owning 135 runs scored with 34 doubles, three triples and 16 homers, stealing 19 bases and reaching base at a .363 clip. Defensively, the Mavs have fielded at a .965 clip, turning 28 double plays and catching 11 runners stealing. On the bump, UTA has a 4.28 team ERA in 260.2 innings with 10 saves, allowing 266 hits and 94 walks, striking out 200 and holding foes to a .267 average.
Omar Salinas - the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week - leads the offense for the Mavs with a 27 RBI. Salinas has hit .302 with six doubles, five homers and a .439 on-base percentage. Catcher Will Olson has hit .346 to lead the club, adding three doubles and seven RBI, with a .448 on-base percentage. Christian Hollie has hit .303 since returning from an injury that cost him the first four weeks. Hollie has hit a triple and homer with three RBI. Quintin Rohrbaugh has hit at a .296 clip with six doubles, one triple and three homers, driving in 17 runs. Noah Vaughan leads the team with six homers, owning a double and 18 RBI.
The Mavs have used the weekend rotation of Kadon Simmons (3-2, 3.72 ERA) on Friday, junior right-hander Trae Patterson (2-2, 2.74 ERA) on Saturday and junior southpaw Trae Patterson (2-2, 2.74 ERA) on Sunday.
In relief, right-hander Dylan Schneider (1-2, 4.95 ERA) has appeared in a team-leading 16 games. Right-handers Logan Austin (0-0, 0.00 ERA), Jud Kinzy (1-0, 0.00 ERA), Daniel James (0-1, 3.00 ERA), Reid Petty (1-0, 4.50 ERA), Austin Gardner (0-1, 5.40 ERA) and Matt Michalski (0-1, 8.18 ERA) have each appeared in at least three games. Southpaws Adam Meyer (0-3, 2.89 ERA), Jake Wilcox (2-1, 9.71 ERA), Brad Vassar (2-1, 9.90 ERA) and Ryan Buss (0-0, 10.80 ERA) have appeared in at least three games in relief.
SCOUTING THE FROGS
TCU enters the midweek game with UTA as the consensus No. 3 team in the nation. The unanimous preseason No. 1, TCU has opened Big 12 play with an 8-1 start, including a series win over Kansas State last weekend in Manhattan, Kan.
The Horned Frogs have hit .267 as a team in 2017 with 193 runs scored in 27 games, owning a penchant for clutch hitting, while sporting a .373 slugging percentage. TCU has belted 39 doubles, four triples and 25 homers, stealing 49 of 59 bases. On the mound, TCU has a 3.38 team ERA in 248 innings, with 10 saves. The Frogs have allowed only 192 hits and a .210 opponent average, walking just 81 and striking out 266. Defensively, TCU has fielded .973, turning 15 double plays and throwing out 10 runners stealing in 26 attempts.
At the plate, Austin Wade, Luken Baker and Nolan Brown each have hit over .300, with Wade leading the club at .314 with six doubles, one triple, three homers, 18 RBI and nine steals. A two-way standout and member of the 2017 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, Baker has crushed a team-high five homers, adding a .311 average with two doubles and 20 RBI. Brown paces the club with 14 steals, hitting .303 with two doubles, two triples, two homers and 17 RBI. Star catcher Evan Skoug has hit .250 with four homers and 22 RBI, reaching base at a .384 clip.
In relief, Durbin Feitman (2-0, 0.77 ERA) has a team-high seven saves in 11 relief outings, fanning 15 and allowing only five walks and seven hits in 11.2 innings. Sean Wymer (2-1, 1.21 ERA) has appeared in 12 games with a save in 22.1 innings, allowing only 10 hits with 29 strikeouts.
TCU leads the series with UTA, 99-58-1 all-time, including a 38-25-1 mark in games played in Arlington. UTA last topped TCU in 2016 in Fort Worth, a 4-3 win, and won last vs. TCU in Arlington in 2015.
LAST MEETING: EIGHTH-INNING SKOUG HOMER POWERS NO. 1 TCU
Evan Skoug's two-out, two-run homer in the eighth inning broke a tie game and lifted No. 1 TCU to a 7-2 win at UTA, in front of a school-record 2,008 fans in the home opener of the 2017 season, on Tuesday night at Clay Gould Ballpark.
The school-record crowd was treated to a well-played, well-pitched game at Clay Gould Ballpark. The crowd eclipsed the previous record of 1,388 on April 20, 2004 vs. Texas A&M.
UTA was searching for its first win over a No. 1 ranked team since 1983 at Texas but after the Mavs took a two-run lead in the first inning, TCU plated single runs in the third and fifth inning to tie the game and got a two-run homer from Skoug for the difference in the eighth. A defensive miscue in the ninth inning led to three add-on runs for the Frogs.
The Mavs rallied in the eighth inning to load the bases with one out but TCU turned to preseason All-America closer Dustin Feltman, who was perfect in save chances as a freshman in 2016. TCU fielded the fly ball down the line and gunned out the third UTA run at the plate, ending the inning.
TCU used the big hit from Skoug to post the win, also getting a standout relief outing from Charles King, who didn't allow a hit over three shutout innings.
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