UT Arlington’s lineup woke up from its worst stretch of the season to score 31 runs last weekend as the Mavericks won two of three games against Troy at Clay Gould Ballpark for their first series win since March 15.
But just when the Mavericks are back on track, they travel south for a midweek matchup Tuesday with No. 2 Texas A&M at Blue Bell Park.
And it’s not just a powerful Aggies team they have to worry about — it’s an Aggies team coming off two losses for the first time this season. The top-ranked team for most of the last month, Texas A&M (35-5, 12-5 SEC) lost two of three to Arkansas last weekend.
Led by Nick Banks (.408) and Logan Taylor (.377), the Aggies are hitting .317 as a team. They also lead the SEC with a 2.43 ERA, and only one pitcher with more than an inning of work has an ERA higher than 4.00.
A championship contender, the Aggies are the fifth ranked team the Mavericks will have played this year. UTA (17-21, 8-10 Sun Belt) has managed to scrape together a 3-4 record against Top 25 teams, but the experience hasn’t translated into success in conference.
Before their series win over Troy, the Mavericks had lost 11 of 14 and tumbled toward the bottom of the Sun Belt standings. But their bats woke up against the Trojans, and they’re hoping it carries over into this weekend’s series at Louisiana-Lafayette.
If UTA can get more from Cody Farrell, it might help turn a corner. Farrell made the most of his start Saturday with a 4-for-5 day. Levi Scott leads UTA with a .341 average and four home runs.
UTA at Texas A&M
2:05 p.m. Tuesday
Blue Bell Park, College Station
TV: SEC Network
Records: UTA 17-21;
Texas A&M 35-5