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Baseball returns home for series with Islanders

Preston Beck and the Mavs hope when the dust settles they will among the top seeds in the Southland Conference Tournament.

 
Preston Beck and the Mavs hope when the dust settles they will among the top seeds in the Southland Conference Tournament.
 

May 5, 2011

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ARLINGTON, Tex. - After an eight-game roadtrip, UT Arlington finally returns home for a three-game series against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Clay Gould Ballpark.

The series begins Friday night at 6:30 p.m. The Mavericks and Islanders enter this weekend in position to qualify for the Southland Conference Tournament. Both would like a strong showing to secure their respective positions.

UTA enters the weekend in a three-way tie for fourth place in the SLC. The Islanders sit two games back, alone in seventh and one game clear of a three-way tie for the eighth and final SLC Tournament spot.

Here is a closer look at the series:

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (26-21, 11-13)
at UT Arlington (25-21, 13-11)
May 6-8, 2011 // Arlington, Tex.
Clay Gould Ballpark (1,500)

PROBABLE STARTERS
Friday, 6:30 p.m.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Justin Meza, RHP, 2-3, 5.43)
vs. UT Arlington (Lance Day, RHP, 3-5, 3.07)

Saturday, 2:00 p.m.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Ian Campbell, RHP, 5-4, 3.87)
vs. UT Arlington (Calan Pritchard, LHP, 3-3, 4.89)

Sunday, 1:00 p.m.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Todd Simko, LHP, 7-6, 5.27)
vs. UT Arlington (TBD)

FIRST PITCH: UT Arlington finally returns to the friendly confines of Clay Gould Ballpark after spending the last eight games on a roadtrip. The loss to Louisiana Tech meant the Mavericks finished the roadtrip with a 4-4 record, including a 3-3 stint in Southland Conference games. UT Arlington enters this weekend's series as part of a three-way tie for fourth in the Southland Conference. The Mavs are currently tied with UTSA and Sam Houston State. They have the tie-breaker over both teams. UTA currently holds a two-game advantage over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, which has won its last four conference games including a three-game sweep of Central Arkansas. The Islanders are 11-13 in SLC games, putting them in seventh and a game clear of the three-way tie for the eighth and final SLC Tournament spot. Matt Holland leads the team with a .365 batting average with eight home runs and a team-best 42 RBI. Trey Hernandez has mashed 10 home runs and has driven in 40.

INSIDE THE SERIES: UT Arlington leads the all-time series with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 13-6. Included in the series edge is an 8-1 record in Arlington, the site of this weekend's three-game set. The Mavericks have won the last seven at Clay Gould Ballpark with three-game sweeps in 2008 and 2009. Last year UT Arlington swept the Islanders in Corpus Christi. UTA has won the last nine games in the series.

VAUGHN HEATING UP: Over the last week, UT Arlington 1B Jordan Vaughn has found his stroke. The junior batted .523 over the last week with six RBI in four games. He had RBI in each of those games and posted 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 16th that broke a 2-2 tie.

GOING DEEP 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.

 

 

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