BSB: Mavs and Panthers to meet for the first time
April 10, 2014
UT Arlington (14-19, 6-6 SBC) vs. Georgia State (16-18, 4-8 SBC)
Decatur, Ga. (GSU Baseball Complex)
ARLINGTON, Texas - UT Arlington resumes Sun Belt Conference play vs. Georgia State on Friday amidst a five-game road trip.
The Mavericks and Panthers meet for the first time in the three-game series at GSU Baseball Complex. The Mavs lost 7-4 in nonconference play on Tuesday to begin the trip. UTA has bounced back from a conference-opening sweep by going 6-3 since in Sun Belt play.
"Georgia State is a good club," UT Arlington assistant coach Fuller Smith said. "They have played a lot of good opponents thus far and are probably going to be the best offense we have played all year. They are tough to beat so we are going to have to get out there and be ready to play."
BROADCAST INFORMATION: Live audio of this weekend's series is available online at GeorgiaStateSports.com. Stats are also available through the GSU website. Fans can follow along with live updates throughout the series on twitter by following @UTAMavs.
MILESTONE WATCH: DH Matt Shortall - 41 Doubles (7th), Next: 6th Ryan Roberts (42)
MAVS SWEEP WEEKLY AWARDS: Along with sweeping South Alabama on March 29-30, the Mavericks earned both pitcher and player of the week in the Sun Belt Conference.
Ryan Bottger, a transfer from Bethany, Okla, helped the Mavericks spark their 4-0 record last week, the team's longest winning streak of the season. Bottger opened the week with a 3-for-5 effort vs. Big 12 opponent Baylor as the Mavericks cruised to their largest win over the Bears since 1987. Bottger then helped UTA to its first-ever sweep of a SBC team when the Mavs took all three from South Alabama. The outfielder knocked in seven RBI in the series, scored two runs and was 4-for-12 during the trip with a homer and three walks. Bottger hit .412 over the week with nine RBI overall and scored five times.
Daniel Milliman, a senior from Fort Worth, Texas, provided UTA with a spark from the pitcher's mound after earning his second and third wins of the season in his first two starts. Milliman opened the week with a four-inning effort and departed with a big lead in Tuesday's contest vs. Baylor. He backed that start up with a key performance in the series finale against South Alabama when the right-hander pitched six innings of scoreless ball to help the Mavs sweep its first SBC series. Milliman allowed just three hits throughout his two starts and gave up just one run while striking out four and walking one. He finished with a 0.90 ERA for the week to improve to 3-0 for the season.
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 out a double to the right-center field wall but was called out at third on the play.
Shortall was 5-for-5 to complete 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.