Tarleton Baseball looks to ship well in Arlington against future conference foe UTA
The teams: Tarleton Texans (13-26, 6-12 WAC) at UT Arlington Mavericks (11-29, 4-14 Sun Belt)
Date and hour : 6:30 p.m. CT on Tuesday, April 26
Location: Clay Gould Ballpark in Arlington, Texas.
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TEXAN BASEBALL GAME DAY
The Tarleton Texas baseball team is coming off a series where they were swept by Sam Houston. They’re looking to shake up the funk and get back on track as they take on UTA. The Mavericks come into the game losing 11 straight, so the Texans have a great opportunity to enter the win column.
The last time these two teams met was on April 6 in a four-hour, thirty-minute marathon at Tarleton Baseball Complex. The teams combined for 20 hits and 29 runs. UTA emerged 16-13 winners after scoring eight runs in the fifth set and five runs in the eighth. Tarleton recorded five errors to help the Mavericks.
The match will mark the first time Tarleton will play at Clay Gould Ballpark.
GAME COVERAGE AND TICKETS
LIVE STATS: LINK
MATCHUPS LIKELY PITCHUPS (APRIL 26:)
TAR RHP RILEY BOYD (GR., 1-3, 7.36 ERA) VS. UTA RHP CADE CITELLI (FR., 0-3, 13.06 ERA)
• Tarleton will travel to Arlington to face UT Arlington for the second time this season. The Mavericks won Game 1, 16-13, earlier this season in Stephenville. The Mavericks hold the all-time series lead, 2-0.
• UTA enters an 11-game losing streak. Their last victory dates back to April 6 against the Texans.
• Tarleton enters the game on a three-game losing streak after being swept away by Sam Houston last weekend. They are 4-6 in their last 10 games. They sit sixth in the WAC Southwest Division, 1.0 game behind the SFA.
- London Green ranks third in the WAC with 12 home runs this season. His previous-season record was three in the 2021 season. Since March 9 against Texas A&M, Green has hit safely in 26 of 28 games. His three multi-HR games lead the Texans.
- KemuelThomas Rivera reached base safely in 21 straight games. The senior ranks second in the WAC with a .451 batting average in conference games only, and third in the WAC with a .517 on-base percentage in conference games.
- Good luck keeping Alec Williams off the basic paths. The outfielder has started all 39 games for the Texans this season and had a hit in 30 of them, reaching base in 35. He leads the team with 17 multi-hit games, as well as 11 stolen bases. The 11 base sweeps rank third in the WAC.
- The way Tarleton pitches baseball is critical to whether they win or lose. In contests where the Texans have made 0-1 errors, they are 10-10. When they have 2+ errors they are 3-16.
- Tarleton ranks third in the WAC with 48 home runs this season.
Tarleton turned to the arm of the junior RHP Matthew Hickey to close the matches this season. He made his fourth save of the season on March 25 against the ACU. Hickey’s four saves are tied for fifth in the WAC. He has 27 K against only three walks.
Hickey made an appearance unlike any he had seen all year against Sam Houston on April 23. He pitched 5.1 innings of relief, allowing one run on three hits, striking out five. The closest has shown he can throw himself into any situation to help the Texans.
outfielder Colby Feris was inserted into the starting lineup on April 6 against UT Arlington and started seven of the next eight games in left field. He struck in six of those seven games, with four consecutive multi-hit games from April 10 to April 15. The junior is now hitting .316 with 12 hits and seven RBIs.
SPARK PLUG X2:
Another player who was inserted into the Texas roster and went the extra mile if this is the first year in a 1B redshirt Jake Escalon. From Game 3 of the SFA series so far, Escalon has started 13 of 14 games. He has four multi-hit games, including two three-hitters. He’s hitting .340 with 18 hits, four home runs, ten RBIs and hitting .623 percent on the season after playing just three games before that span.
GO AWAY :
Dylan Kurahashi – Choy Foo leads the Texans with three swings this season, two homers and a double. The first came in a victory over the UTRGV on March 20 when he hit a two-point shot over the left field wall to help Tarleton defeat the UTRGV 13-3.
The second came on April 15 against St. Thomas in the tenth inning. He led the bottom half with a solo blast on a 1-0 count to left field to help ensure Tarleton left happy.
The third was against Wiley as he enforced the ten run rule on a two run double.
BEGINNING OF THE GAME UNFORTUNATE:
Tarleton has been outscored 126-78 in the first three sets of games this season. They are 3-14 when trailing after the first set and 3-19 when trailing after the third.
On the other hand, the Texans are 3-4 in games they lead after the first inning and 9-3 in games they lead after the third inning.
Senior London Green reached 100 career hits at Tarleton on April 3 against SFA. The hit came in the sixth inning on a single down the middle.
NEW WAC LOOK:
After finishing seventh out of 10 teams in its inaugural season in the WAC, Tarleton will now compete in the Southwest Division as the conference splits into two divisions following the addition of four more Texas universities. Abilene Christian, Lamar, Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin begin their first year of WAC competition in 2022, joining Tarleton and the UTRGV.
WAC PRE-SEASON SURVEY:
Tarleton was chosen to finish sixth out of six schools in the WAC preseason poll for the Southwest Division. The poll was released on February 9. The Texans received seven total votes.
NEW WAC ADDITIONS:
Beginning July 1, 2022, the Western Athletic Conference will add two more Texas universities to the fold. The University of the Incarnate Word and UT-Arlington will join the conference to bring the total of Texas universities to eight. UIW comes from the Southland Conference and UTA from the Sun Belt Conference. With Sam Houston scheduled for a July 1, 2023 departure to Conference USA, the conference will be held at seven in the Southwest Division for the 2023-24 season.
END OF CONFERENCE DOUBLE-HEADERS:
COVID-19 played a role in the 2021 season, causing some conferences, including the WAC, to schedule four series of game conferences with doubleheaders on Saturday. 2022 should bring some normalcy back to the college baseball landscape as the WAC and most other Dl conferences return to the traditional three-game Friday/Saturday/Sunday. series.
Of the Texans’ 18 newcomers for the 2022 season, five are from other DI schools (Boyd, Campa, Crews, Daniell & E. Filming) and five come from junior college (Dobrinski, Hickey, Kurahashi-Choy Foo, Ross and williams). The class was recognized by Baseball America for its “Notable Under-The-Radar 2021 College Baseball Recruiting Classes” article.
HOT ON THE RECRUITMENT TRACK:
Speaking of new arrivals, Tarleton’s coaching staff hit the recruiting trail hard last season in a bid to sign an instant-impact class of 2021. There were seven freshmen who signed with the Texans as well as 10 transfers. The class was recognized by Baseball America for its “Notable Under-The-Radar 2021 College Baseball Recruiting Classes” article.
YOUNG BUT STILL THE BOSS:
Tarleton Head Coach Aaron Meade is the fifth-youngest NCAA DI baseball coach in the nation at 33 years and 292 days as of Feb. 18, 2022. Meade pitched in the minor leagues for four years and was an assistant coach at the NCAA D1 and D2 levels for a combined six years before to become the leader of Tarleton.
CUT YOUR TEETH:
Tarleton are in their second season at the Dl level, and they are diving head first. Tarleton faces five different Power 5 opponents in the 2022 season. At the start of the season, Tarleton has a five-game streak against Power 5 opponents as they host Washington State (March 2), have a series at Missouri Colombia (March 4-6) and return to Bryan-College Station to play Texas A&M for a second consecutive season (March 8). They play Baylor (May 3) and TCU (May 17) later in the season.
RETURN OF FIREPOWER:
Three Texans on this season’s roster earned All-WAC honorable mention in 2021. Bryan Aguilar, KemuelThomas Rivera and London Green number to lead the Texas offense this season as they accounted for nearly 30 percent of Tarleton’s hits last season.
Tarleton installed Hellas Matrix Turf on its baseball and softball field and all bullpen areas ahead of the 2022 season. Surrounding the new turf is an all-new 10-foot-high Champion Wall in the outfield and a 6 foot high vinyl covered chain link fence along the foul lines. The baseball field extends up to 16 feet high in center field for the batter’s eye. The project also included a new Ephesus LED lighting system on both pitches. The upgraded lighting system enhances both venues and meets NCAA regional broadcast hosting requirements.
NEXT FOR TARLETON
The Texans will return to WAC play as they travel to Edinburgh to take on UTRGV Vaqueros for a three game set. All three games will be broadcast on ESPN+.