Nov. 10, 2014
By Paul Watley | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas - UT Arlington wrapped up fall practice on Friday with the final game of the Fall World Series held at Clay Gould Ballpark.
"It's just good to get out and finish up the fall practices with some competitive games and we've had some good ones that have come down to the last batter," UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas said. "The biggest thing is getting more at bats and getting more chances at the mound and it's been a good series."
The three-game series which marks the end of fall practice was played on Monday, Thursday and Friday, with the Maverick players divided up into a Blue team coached by Troy Dean Conkle and an Orange team led by Fuller Smith.
The Blue team claimed the series 2-1, taking the first two games 5-2 and 8-5 before the Orange team picked up Game 3, 9-3.
"It's felt great to get out here and guys have been competing really well," UT Arlington senior Eric Tate said. "Everybody's been making adjustments and it's just a great deal of competition out here."
The Mavericks are coming off of a 33-26 season that ended with a 6-5 loss to Louisiana in the Sun Belt Conference title game. UTA had a record number of players taken in the 2014 MLB Draft as six Mavs were selected, raising UTA's all-time draft total to 48 players.
UT Arlington will open up the 2015 season in the Stephen F. Austin Tournament in Nacogdoches on February 13 when it takes on Missouri State.
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