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Oct. 18, 2007

After three weeks of fall practice, the UT Arlington baseball team will take to the field for the Blue-Gray World Series beginning Thursday.

The split-squad World Series will be at Clay Gould Ballpark with Games 1 and 2 on Thursday and Friday and a game each day next week beginning on Monday.

"It will be good for our guys to end our fall workouts with a chance to play for the World Series title," said seventh-year head coach Jeff Curtis. "We have a lot of newcomers that can step in and play. This will be a great opportunity for these guys to show that they deserve to be in the lineup everyday."

The Mavericks welcome 21 newcomers to their 35-man roster.

All-Southland Conference outfielder Danny Slinkman (Arlington, Texas) returns after batting .333 and sharing the team lead in RBIs with 28. He led the team in slugging percentage with a .486 percentage while earning honorable mention all-SLC honors his junior season.

Junior pitchers Nathan Long and Brandon Endsley return to provide the Mavericks with quality pitching. Long made 10 starts in 2007 and finished second on the squad in innings pitched (77.0) and strike outs (48) while compiling a 2-8 record with a 5.14 ERA.

Endsley was arguably the top reliever on the squad with a 3-2 record. He shared team-high honors with 17 appearances, pitching 27.2 innings and compiling a 7.48 ERA.

The Mavs will open the 2008 season on Feb. 23 when they host Arkansas-Little Rock at Clay Gould Ballpark at 3 p.m. -




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