May 9, 2013
Texas State (24-24, 13-8) at UT Arlington (25-23, 13-8)
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UTA - Brad Vachon (6-3, 2.83 ERA) vs. TSU – Lucas Humpal (3-2, 3.02 ERA)
UTA - Zach Thompson (5-4, 5.79 ERA) vs. TSU – Taylor Black (3-5, 4.08 ERA)
UTA - TBA vs. TSU – Mitchell Pitts (3-3, 4.98 ERA)
ARLINGTON, Texas – Longtime rivals UT Arlington and Texas State clash for the first time as Western Athletic Conference foes this weekend at Clay Gould Ballpark. The three-game set opens Friday with first pitch scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
The Mavericks and Bobcats come into this crucial series tied for second in the WAC with 13-8 league records. CSU Bakersfield is leading the conference at 14-7 going into the second-to-last series of the regular season.
UT Arlington lost the series 2-1 to Dallas Baptist this past weekend to fall out of first place. The Mavericks won the opening game before dropping the next two. Texas State is 4-2 in its last six WAC games.
"I'm looking forward to the weekend," UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas said. "I know our guys are disappointed on how Saturday and Sunday turned out. There's nothing we can do but more on and get ready to play.
"We'll have final exams behind us, so that's big for our guys. Hopefully we can play well and put ourselves in position to win this thing going into the last weekend. We're starting to get healthier. Friday will be the first time we'll have our full complement of hitters since LA Tech. That will help depth-wise and being able to make some moves."
The Mavericks are 36-54 all-time against Texas State, including 6-12 under Thomas. The two squads have met six consecutive times in Arlington and have split those games. The longtime Southland Conference rivals both move into the Sun Belt next year.
The Texas State series also closes out the home schedule for UT Arlington, with Sunday serving as Senior Day. Brent Bollinger, Cody Dyvig, Brandon Lawrence, Jake Pinchback and Kennedy Winn will be honored before the 1 p.m. start.
"To me it's an all-around good group of guys," Thomas said. "It's five guys that have overcome a lot of health issues just to get on the field. They're loyal and great teammates. That's five guys that really have contributed to the program on an everyday basis since they've been here."
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