As run scoring perks up, UTA baseball hopes wins follow

03/24/2014 5:41 PM

03/24/2014 5:42 PM

With a lineup that’s starting to find it’s groove, UT Arlington looks to split a season series with Baylor by hosting the Bears at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Clay Gould Ballpark.

Having scored 32 runs over their last five games, the Mavericks (8-16) are starting to turn base runners into runs. They’ve won three of those five games, but two conference losses dropped them to 1-5 in the Sun Belt.

Matt Shortall has been the rock of the lineup, hitting .367 with four homers and 21 RBIs. Now he’s starting to get help from the rest of the lineup. Ryan Bottger went 4 for 4 in Sunday’s 14-10 loss to bring his average up to .313, and combined with Greg McCall’s four homers, the middle of UTA’s lineup is turning into one of the area’s finest.

That all means nothing without help on the mound, which is the reason the Mavericks are just 6-9 at home this season. They give up 5.5 runs per game at Clay Gould this season.

Baylor (13-10) enters Tuesday’s game hitting just .233, worst in the Big 12. The only Bear batting above .300 is Brett Doe, who has three extra-base hits to go with a .311 average.

Daniel Milliman (1-0, 1.86 ERA in 9 2/3 innings) will be tasked with keeping Baylor at bay in his first start of the season.

The Bears have owned the Mavericks over the past nine years, winning 17 of 19 meetings.

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