BSB: 2017 #MavCity Moments

Aug. 10, 2017

ARLINGTON, Texas -- UTA completed a historic baseball season in 2017 with the first Sun Belt Western Division Championship in school history with a program best 20-10 record in league play. 

Final Season Notes

  • UTA finished the season 30-25, including a program record 20-10 in conference play. 
  • The Mavs set a program record with a 17-8 road mark, including a school-record 12-3 record in road conference games. 
  • UTA moved into the top-25 poll for two consecutive weeks, ranking as high as No. 23 by Collegiate Baseball. It marked UTA's first national ranking since 2001. 
  • UTA won 10 consecutive league games, tying the school record, also set in 1992, 2006, 2014 and 2017. 
  • UTA won its first western division title in its brief history in the Sun Belt. 
  • The Mavs reached 30 wins for the 25th time in program history and the sixth time under Coach Darin Thomas
  • UTA won 30 or more games for the second consecutive year, a first since 2013-14. 
  • The Mavs swept No. 20 Louisiana, the first sweep over the Ragin' Cajuns in program history and UTA's first series win over ULL since 1976. 
  • UTA set a new program record with a 5-4 record vs. top-25 teams, the most wins in a season over ranked teams in school history. 
  • The Mavs earned ranked midweek wins over No. 4 Texas Tech and No. 23 Texas A&M. 
  • UTA boasted two of the top attendances in school history, including setting a new Clay Gould Stadium record with 2,008 fans vs. No. 1 TCU on Feb. 21. 
  • The Mavs had the second-most saves in single-season history (18). 
  • After starting 2-7 to open the year, UTA went 28-18 over the last three months of the year. 
  • UTA ranks as the third most successful program in Sun Belt Conference play since joining the league in 2014. Overall, UTA has the fourth-most wins of any team in the league since 2014. 
  • UTA is 108-3 over the last four years when holding an eighth-inning lead, including 30-1 in 2017.




  • Coach Darin Thomas was named Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year, the first UTA skipper honored since Butch McBroom in 1992. 
    • Thomas has the best conference coaching record in program history (.562), ranking just behind McBroom with a .514 overall winning percentage. 
    • Junior 1B/DH Omar Salinas was tabbed first-team All-Sun Belt Conference. 
    • Sophomore C/DH Will Olson was named second-team All-Sun Belt. 
    • Junior RHP Trae Patterson was named second-team All-Sun Belt Conference as a starting pitcher. 
    • Junior LHP Jakob Hernandez earned second-team All-Sun Belt honors. 
    • Junior RHP Daniel James was tabbed second-team All-Sun Belt Conference. 

Individual Notes

    • Junior RHP Daniel James saved the second-most games (13) in UTA single-season history. 
    • James finished a save shy of the single-season record, held by Jason Watkins (1992). 
    • With 16 saves, James ranks tied for fourth in UTA career history, equaling David Sobczak (1996-98). 
    • Sophomore OF/1B Noah Vaughan stole a team-leading 11 bases, the most for a UTA player since Ryan Walker stole 14 in 2012. 
    • Junior 1B/DH Omar Salinas belted a team-leading 11 homers, the most for a UTA slugger since Greg McCall hit 11 in 2014. 
    • Salinas hit the eighth most homers in single-season history. 
    • Salinas had three games with two homers. 
    • Senior RHP Austin Gardner appeared in a club-best 29 games, the seventh most in UTA single-season history. 
    • Junior LHP Jakob Hernandez struck out 89, the most for a UTA pitcher since 2010.  
    • Senior OF/IF Quintin Rohrbaugh was hit by 14 pitches in 2017, the second-most in school single-season history. 
    • Junior IF/OF RJ Williams has been hit by 23 pitches, the sixth-most in UTA career history. 


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