Baseball aims for season sweep of DBU
April 4, 2011
ARLINGTON, Tex. - UT Arlington looks to return to its winning ways Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. when it takes on Dallas Baptist at Patriot Field.
The Mavericks (15-13) are looking for the season sweep of the Patriots (17-10) after winning the first two games between the two teams in 2011.
Here is a closer look at Tuesday night's game:
UT Arlington (15-13) at Dallas Baptist (17-10)
FIRST PITCH: UT Arlington enters Tuesday night's game at Patriot Field looking to break a two-game losing streak. If the Mavericks are able to do so, it would mark the first season sweep over Dallas Baptist since 1989. UTA has lost three of its last four - an extra-inning defeat against No. 5 Texas A&M last Wednesday and a pair of weekend losses at Nicholls. The Mavericks are now 7-5 in Southland Conference games, placing them in a three-way tie for third place in the league. DBU enters the game 17-10 overall with a 9-5 record at home. UTA is 4-8 on the road this year, but one of those wins came at Dallas Baptist earlier this season when the Mavs beat the Patriots 13-2 on March 4 as part of the DBU Invitational. UT Arlington went 3-0 during DBU's home tournament, including a 6-3 win over then-No. 19 Wichita State.
INSIDE THE SERIES: With a pair of wins this season, UT Arlington has claimed a 30-29 all-time series advantage over crosstown rival Dallas Baptist. The Mavericks are just 6-16 all-time as the visitor in the series, though they defeated Dallas Baptist 13-2 at Patriot Field earlier this season. UTA have won the first two games against the Patriots this season. In the first game, DBU led 4-0 entering the eighth inning. However, the Mavs battled back to tie the score in the eighth. 3B Brian Nephew drew UTA even with a two-run double. SS Jesse Payne gave the Mavs the victory an inning later with a walk-off single on an 0-2 count. In the second game, 2B Michael Guerra went 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and three RBI and RF Preston Beck went 3-for-5 with one run and three more RBI to help the Mavericks roll Dallas Baptist 13-2. When the two teams have met at least twice in a year, UT Arlington has not swept a season series against DBU since 1989.
MILESTONE VICTORY: UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas won his 100th career game on Friday, April 1, 2011 when the Mavericks defeated Nicholls 5-1 in 10 innings. Starting pitcher Lance Day threw a 10.0-inning complete game in the victory.
WORKING OVERTIME: Over the last nine games, UTA has gone to extra innings four times. The Mavs are 3-1 in extra-inning games in that stretch and 4-1 overall. UTA dropped its first extra-inning game of the season last Wednesday to No. 5 Texas A&M. UTA beat Nicholls 5-1 in 10 innings on Friday, getting a 10.0-inning complete game from Lance Day. 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 last 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. 2B Michael Guerra hit a home run the last time UTA played at DBU.