Baseball aims for winning roadtrip
May 2, 2011
ARLINGTON, Tex. - UT Arlington concludes its eight-game roadtrip on Tuesday against Louisiana Tech. The Mavericks will try to conclude what would be a winning roadtrip with a victory.
After Tuesday, the Mavs return home for a three-game series against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
Here is a closer look at Tuesday's game:
UT Arlington (25-20) at Louisiana Tech (24-22)
FIRST PITCH: UT Arlington heads to Ruston, La. looking to return to its winning ways after dropping two of three at Stephen F. Austin last weekend. Before the final two games in Nacogdoches, the Mavericks had won three of their first four on the current eight-game roadtrip. Now they need a win over Louisiana Tech on Tuesday in order to secure a winning roadtrip and return to Southland Conference play this weekend against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi with momentum. UTA had a chance to take the series against Southland Conference-leading SFA, but could not hold a 10-1 lead. Tuesday marks the penultimate non-conference game for the Mavericks. After Tuesday night, UTA's lone non-conference game is scheduled for May 17 at Texas A&M. Louisiana Tech has won five out of its last six, including three of four against Nevada over the weekend. The Bulldogs have been tough to beat at home, going 18-6 at J.C. Love Field so far this season. Kyle Roliard leads the way for Louisiana Tech with his .330 batting average. Will Alvis leads the team with seven home runs and Alex Williams leads the team in RBI with 35.
INSIDE THE SERIES: UT Arlington leads the all-time series with Louisiana Tech, 47-41. However, the Mavericks are just 18-22 all-time in Ruston, La. The Bulldogs have won the last three games played on their home turf. UT Arlington won the earlier match-up this season, 11-6. The Mavericks posted four-run innings in the third and the fourth to roll to the win at Clay Gould Ballpark on Match 16. Preston Beck went 4-for-5 with a triple, two RBI and four runs scored in the game. Before this year, the two teams haven't met since February 2008 with Louisiana Tech having won the last four contests.
VAUGHN HEATING UP: Over the last week, UT Arlington 1B Jordan Vaughn has found his stroke. The junior batted .550 over the last week with six RBI in four games. He had RBI in each of those games and posted a career-high five hits during Friday afternoon's 16-inning, 5-4 victory over Stephen F. Austin. Included in those five hits was a two-run double in the top of the 16th that broke a 2-2 tie. Vaughn later scored in the inning on Preston Morrow's RBI single to give the Mavericks what turned out to be a much-needed insurance run. Vaughn also had a three-hit game on Sunday.
UT Arlington found its power stroke two weeks ago in Conway, Ark. The Mavericks hit four home runs at Bear Stadium in the three-game series. To put that into perspective, they have hit two all year at Clay Gould Ballpark. RF Preston Beck led the way with a pair of bombs, including a three-run shot in the 18-14 win. Beck batted .455 over the weekend with two doubles, two homers, three walks and eight RBI.