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UTA baseball starts busy week with road, home games against Abilene Christian

Pitcher Kyle Laberge and UT Arlington are scheduled to play eight games in eight days. The Mavericks are 4-3 after their loss at TCU on Feb. 17.
Pitcher Kyle Laberge and UT Arlington are scheduled to play eight games in eight days. The Mavericks are 4-3 after their loss at TCU on Feb. 17. Special to the Star-Telegram

Although it has been a strange couple weeks for the UT Arlington baseball team, neither weather nor illness kept it from winning two of three in the opening weekend of Sun Belt play.

The Mavericks (5-6, 2-1 Sun Belt) battled a delayed start and daylight savings to win the weekend against Arkansas State on a neutral field in Jackson, Miss., playing 27 innings of baseball in 21 hours.

“That’s got to be some kind of a record,” coach Darin Thomas said.

The Mavericks are in the midst of playing eight games over the course of eight days, and now they turn around for a home-and-home series with Abilene Christian.

Abilene Christian (1-9, 1-2) is hitting only .206 as a team. Its only win came Friday against Nicholls State.

Meanwhile, the heart of UTA’s lineup features Coppell’s Jackson Morris hitting .367 and Levi Scott of Burleson batting .349. Since a 4-1 loss at TCU on Feb. 17, UTA has gone 4-3.

“I was really proud of the way we handled ourselves this weekend,” Thomas said. “That’s a team we’ll probably see at the top of the Sun Belt when everything plays out.”

UT Arlington vs. Abilene Christian

2 p.m. Tuesday, Abilene

6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Clay Gould Ballpark, Arlington

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