BSB: Mavs hit the road to face UALR
May 1, 2014
UT Arlington (22-24, 11-10 SBC) vs. UALR (20-24, 6-15 SBC)
Little Rock, Ark. (Gary Hogan Field)
ARLINGTON, Texas - UT Arlington returns to Sun Belt Conference action when the Mavericks travel to UALR for a three-game series beginning Friday.
The Mavericks, winners of their last three game, have found their stride on offense, scoring at least six runs in their last six games. UTA outscored its midweek opponents 27-6 after downing Texas Wesleyan 11-3 and Arlington Baptist 16-3 in nonconference play.
Eric Tate enters with a team season-high 13-game hitting streak. Tate is hitting .412 during his run and has reached safely in 17 consecutive games. John Michael Twichell was named SBC Hitter of the Week last week for his performance through four games on the road. Twichell hit .417, had three home runs and a slugging percentage at 1.250.
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(Career) Shortall - 22 HR (6th) w/ Jason Smith, Next: 5th Richard Wilkinson (24)
(Career) Shortall - 327 TB (6th), Next: 4th Howard Prager and Preston Beck (332)
(Season) Shortall - 20 2B (T10th) w/ 2 Mavs, Next: 4th 6 Mavs tied (21)
(Career) P Chase Weaver- 65 appearances (6th) Next: 5th Pierce Loveless (77)
THOMAS REACHES 200 WINS: UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas became UTA's second coach to reach 200 all-time wins. Thomas joined Butch McBroom (757-686-2) in UTA's win against Texas Wesleyan on April 29.
TWICHELL HONORED: Senior outfielder John Michael Twichell was named the Sun Belt Conference Hitter of the Week on April 28 after hitting .417 during UTA's four-game road trip. He was also named College Sports Madness Sun Belt Player of the Week.
Twichell, a senior from Dallas, started just one of UTA's four games on the road, but had a big impact on each. Twichell ripped three home runs, scored four runs and added four RBI. Against Oklahoma, Twichell went 2-for-2 after pinch-hitting. He scored two runs in the contest and provided a RBI in UTA's 6-5 win.
Against Troy, he hit two homers, including a three-run homer, that each cleared the 35-foot wall in right field.
For the week, Twichell hit .417 with a slugging percentage at 1.250. He led the team with 15 total bases and was one of three UTA players to hit over .400 during the week.
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 that 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.
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.