Baseball takes on No. 10 Texas A&M
May 16, 2011
ARLINGTON, Tex. - UT Arlington looks for its four wins over a ranked team this season Tuesday when it travels to play No. 10 Texas A&M.
The Mavericks have lost nine consecutive games and will try to get back on track at Olsen Field.
Here is a closer look at the series:
UT Arlington (25-27) at #10 Texas A&M (36-16)
FIRST PITCH: UT Arlington takes a break from Southland Conference play after getting swept at Lamar last weekend. The Mavericks have now lost nine consecutive games and will try to avoid their first 10-game losing streak since 2007. Heading into the final weekend of the season, the Mavs are 13-17 in conference play. That record puts UTA in ninth place and probably needing to win at least two games this weekend against SLC-leading Texas State and some help to clinch a spot in the Southland Conference Tournament next week. No. 10 Texas A&M has won five straight games, including a three-game sweep of Nebraska last weekend. So far this season, the Mavericks are 0-4 against Big 12 opponents. The Aggies have won three of four games against Southland Conference teams with their only loss coming to Sam Houston State, 8-5 in 12 innings. Texas A&M is in the mix to host an NCAA Regional and could do so with a strong finish teamed with a nice showing at the Big 12 Tournament.
INSIDE THE SERIES: UT Arlington is just 7-22 all-time against Texas A&M and has lost the last three in the series. The Aggies have won six of the last seven in the series. Texas A&M is also 18-2 against the Mavericks in College Station. The last time UTA won a road game in this series was on March 8, 2005. The Aggies won the first half of the home-and-home series against the Mavs this year, but needed 10 innings to do so. Texas A&M scored three runs in the top of the 10th to capture the victory at Clay Gould Ballpark on March 30.
GIANT KILLERS: UT Arlington has beaten ranked teams 12 times under coach Darin Thomas. That total includes three upsets of ranked teams this season - a pair of wins over then-No. 19 Wichita State and a win over No. 9 TCU. The Mavs are 3-4 this season against ranked opponents with their losses coming at TCU, at Baylor and at home against Oklahoma and Texas A&M. Thomas has accumulated a record of 12-21 against ranked teams during his four years at UT Arlington.
POSITIVE OUTING: Starting pitcher Collin Reynolds turned in his strongest start of the season in the game. The junior right-hander hurled 8.0-plus innings, holding the Cardinals to three runs on eight hits with three walks and seven strikeouts. Reynolds was in line for the win before the bullpen blew the lead in the bottom of the ninth.
MISERABLE MAY: The Mavericks have lost all eight games played in May so far. Included in those defeats are three one-run losses and a couple walk-off defeats. The Mavericks hope to reverse their fortunes against a pair of ranked teams this week.