Baseball, Lamar square off in critical series
May 12, 2011
ARLINGTON, Tex. - UT Arlington aims to get back on track and snap its six-game losing streak this weekend when it travels to Beaumont for a three-game series against Lamar.
Entering the penultimate weekend of the regular season, the Mavericks are tied for sixth in the Southland Conference standings. The Cardinals are currently 10th and sit two games back of UTA. The top eight teams make the Southland Conference Tournament.
Friday's first pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Here is a closer look at the series:
UT Arlington (25-24, 13-14)
Saturday, 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, 1:00 p.m.
FIRST PITCH: UT Arlington is back on the road after a brief three-game homestand. The Mavericks did not take advantage of the home games, losing all three to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. UTA has now lost six consecutive games, easily marking its longest losing streak of the season. The Mavericks are currently tied with UTSA for sixth in the Southland Conference standings. This weekend's opponent, Lamar, is 10th in the standings and needs a big weekend to have a chance to qualify for the Southland Conference Tournament held May 25-28 in San Marcos. The Cardinals won one of three last weekend against McNeese State. The two rivals split the series between Beaumont and Lake Charles, La. Lamar won Friday night in the lone game played at Vincent-Beck Stadium. Wade Mathis leads the Cardinals with a .326 batting average and 35 RBI.
INSIDE THE SERIES: UT Arlington has historically struggled against Lamar, holding a 38-72 all-time mark against the Cardinals. Playing in Beaumont has proven even more difficult for the Mavericks, who are 18-35 on the road in the series. Recent history has not been any better. The Cardinals have won six of the last seven times the two have met and have also won 16 of the last 20 contests.
GLOVE STORY: At the beginning of the season, UT Arlington found itself among the best fielding teams in the Southland Conference. The defense has deserted the Mavericks of late. They committed nine errors during Texas A&M-Corpus Christi's three-game sweep last weekend. In wins, UT Arlington has compiled a .971 fielding percentage. In the losses, the Mavericks have committed nine more errors and seen their fielding percentage slip to .958.
UT Arlington has not been much of a home-run hitting team all season, but found its power stroke three 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. In the eight games since leaving Arkansas, UT Arlington has not hit a home run and has scored more than five runs just twice.