UTA baseball players enjoy strong summers
Aug. 3, 2012
By Michael Eldridge | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Coming off a Southland Conference baseball championship, players from the team have not taken any time off as they prepare for their first season in the Western Athletic Conference.
“Summer baseball is very important to the development of college baseball players,” UTA coach Darin Thomas said. “It gives them [another] season to develop so freshman come back really as juniors and not sophomores and it gets them away from home.”
Three Mavericks shined during their summer league season making the All-Star Game in their respective leagues. Outfielder Matt Shortall and pitcher John Beck were selected to the CAL Summer League All-Star team. New Mexico transfer J.M. Twitchell led his Mankato Moondogs in hitting with a .351 batting average with 54 hits and seven home runs in 25 games.
“A lot of these guys have had really good summers,” Thomas said. “They have represented our team very well during the summer."
Here is a list of all of the Mavericks participating in summer league baseball and how they performed.
Liberal BeeJays | Jay Hawk League
El Dorado Broncos | Jay Hawk League
San Luis Blues Obispo | California Collegiate League
Matt Shortall (OF) – Shortall was an All-Star selection after hitting .336 during the season. He had 39 hits and 25 RBIs in 110 at bats.
Santa Barbara Foresters | California Collegiate League
McKinney Marshals | Texas Collegiate League
Kasey Merck (P)– Merck pitched five innings for the Marshals and struck out seven. He allowed eight earned runs and had a 0-1 record.
Mankato Moondogs | Northwoods League
J.M. Twitchell (INF) – Twitchell, an All-Star in the Northwoods League, hit .351 in 154 at bats during the 2012 summer league. He had seven home runs and 54 base hits.
Texas Gators | Dallas Amateur Baseball Association
Cody Dyvig (INF) and Brent Bollinger (INF)