BSB: Mavericks host No. 2 Ragin' Cajuns
April 17, 2014
UT Arlington (16-21, 8-7 SBC) vs. No. 2 UL Lafayette (34-4, 14-1 SBC)
Arlington, Texas (Clay Gould Ballpark)
ARLINGTON, Texas - UT Arlington's tough stretch continues on Friday when the Mavericks host No. 2 UL Lafayette to begin a three-game series at Clay Gould Ballpark.
The Mavericks fell to No. 6 Texas on Tuesday and host their highest ranked opponent since losing to No. 2 Oklahoma 4-3 in March 2011. UTA is 7-2 in its last three Sun Belt Conference series.
"It's that time of the year that there is not a lot different you can do," UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas said. "It is just time to play. In the last three conference series we have played well. We have to forget about Tuesday and play well."
The Ragin' Cajuns are ranked No. 2 in the Baseball America poll and No. 1 in the Collegiate Baseball rankings.
ULL's anticipated pitching rotation is a combined 18-0, while UTA's pitching staff has settled in and is 4-0 over the last three weekends.
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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.