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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Winners of four of its first five conference weekends, UTA will step out of league play to host Texas A&M in a Tuesday night tilt, presented by eSix Sportswear, with first pitch slated for 6:30 p.m. CT at Clay Gould Ballpark.
UTA (19-17, 10-5 Sun Belt Conference) will host Texas A&M (26-11, 8-7 Southeastern Conference) in its lone midweek game of the week, before traveling to face ULM in a crucial three-game series, starting on Friday in Monroe, La.
The Mavs sit a half game shy of first place in the Sun Belt conference and have won four of their first five weekend test for the first time since 2005. UTA's 10-5 start equals a 10-5 start from the 2013 Western Athletic Conference Championship team for the second-best midway start to a season in school annals.
HONORING BASKETBALL MAVS
UTA will honor its 2016-17 basketball teams during the matchup with Texas A&M. UTA's men's basketball claimed the regular-season Sun Belt Conference Championship, behind Coach of the Year Scott Cross and Player of the Year Kevin Hervey and reached the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament. The Lady Mavs won 22 games, the third-most in school history under the direction of Coach Krista Gerlich and featured Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year Cierra Johnson. The Lady Mavs reached the Women's NIT for the third time in program history.
Tuesday vs. Texas A&M
Jr., LHP Jake Wilcox vs. RHP Turner Larkins (0-0, 3.24 ERA)
LEADING THE MAVS
The Mavs have hit .271 as a team in 2017, scoring 184 runs in 36 games, with 43 doubles, seven triples and 20 homers, reaching base at a .363 clip and stealing 22 bases. Defensively, UTA has fielded .969, turning 36 double plays and throwing out 13 would-be basestlears. On the bump, UTA has a 4.06 team ERA with 13 saves in 36 games and 323.2 innings, allowing 323 hits and 113 walks, striking out 258.
In the outfielder, Aaron Funk (.333), Christian Hollie (.306), Phil Berthiaume (.301), Noah Vaughan (.239) and Quintin Rohrbaugh (.322) have helped lead the offense, with Rohrbaugh owning eight doubles, two triples and three homers, driving in 24 runs. Vaughan leads the team with six homers, driving in 21 runs and stealing six bases. Behind the plate, Will Olson (.327) and Brady Cox (.222) have split time with Olson owning three doubles, two homers and 16 RBI. Infielders Zac Cook (.288), Omar Salinas (.285), Easton Johnson (.281), Josh Minjarez (.273) and RJ Williams (.209) have pace the lineup, with Salinas owning five homers and 28 RBI.
In relief, junior Daniel James (0-1, 2.76 ERA) has eight saves in 11 games, with righties Austin Gardner (1-1, 3.92 ERA) and Dylan Schneider (1-2, 4.76 ERA) each sporting at least 16 relief outings. Lefties Adam Meyer (0-3, 3.00 ERA), Jake Wilcox (2-1, .707 ERA) and Brad Vassar (2-1, 9.90 ERA) have each pitched in at least eight games in relief.
SCOUTING THE AGGIES
Texas A&M (26-11, 8-7 SEC) has hit .287 as a team in 2017, belting 72 doubles, 17 triples and 28 homers, scoring 252 runs in 37 games, with a .375 on-base percentage and 47 steals. Defensively, the Aggies have fielded .976, turning 31 double plays and throwing out 23 of 40 would-be basestealers. On the mound, Texas A&M has a strong 3.61 team ERA in 337 innings, allowing only 289 hits and 129 walks, striking out 316.
Braden Shewake leads the Aggies at the plate while piecing together a potential SEC Freshman of the Year season in the outfield. Shewmake has hit .350 with 13 doubles, two triples, four homers and 42 RBI, stealing 11 bases. In relief, Mitchell Kilkenny (2-1, 3.58 ERA) has five saves in 37.2 innings, walking 12 and punching out 35.
Texas A&M leads the all-time series with UTA, 28-8, including a 6-5 mark in games played in Arlington. The Aggies have won four straight meetings, with UTA's last win coming in 2012 in a 3-2 result College Station and its last win in Arlington coming in 2008, 16-8.
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