BSB: Mavs-Seattle U series pushed back to Saturday
April 18, 2013
UT Arlington at Seattle U
Saturday (2:30 p.m. CT): UTA - Brad Vachon (4-2, 2.48 ERA) vs. SU - Ted Hammond (1-4, 5.11 ERA)
SCHEDULE NOTE: Due to the combination of rain that has already fallen and the forecast of more rain throughout the rest of the day, the Western Athletic Conference collegiate baseball game between Seattle University and UT Arlington scheduled for Friday, April 19, has been postponed.Seattle U and UT Arlington will try to play a doubleheader Saturday, April 20, starting at 2:30 p.m. CT at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. WAC rules call for the doubleheader to consist of two nine-inning games.
SEATTLE, Washington - Never before has UT Arlington traveled this far in the continental United States for a baseball game, and a conference series at that. The Mavericks traversed nearly 1,700 miles by bus and air (mostly air) Thursday morning for the program's first meeting against Seattle U.
The three-game Western Athletic Conference series opens Saturday with a doubleheader at Bannerwood Park. First pitch was pushed back to 2:30 p.m. CT.
UT Arlington (20-16) came into the series tied for first in the WAC at 9-3. The Mavericks are 5-1 on the road in league play, having won both WAC road series this season. The Redhawks are 13-22 and 3-8.
UTA and Seattle U are meeting on the diamond for the first time. The Mavericks are also playing in the Pacific Time Zone for the first time in baseball program history. UTA does have another trip out west to face Sacramento State (May 16-18) in the final WAC series of the season.
UT Arlington did play in Hawaii in 2006, which is also the last time the team has traveled by plane.
The Mavs enter the series fourth in the WAC in hitting (.289) and first overall in triples with 18. Five hitters are above .300, with Matt Shortall leading the way with a .379 average. UTA's pitching staff is fifth in the WAC with a 4.66 ERA.
UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas recently moved into second all-time in wins in program history with 168.