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UTA baseball hopes to kick-start offense at Houston Baptist

Just when it appeared that the UT Arlington baseball team was starting to figure things out, the Mavericks went cold this weekend and were swept at Louisiana-Lafayette.

The Mavericks (17-25, 8-13 Sun Belt) squandered three good starts and scored only three runs all weekend, just seven days after scoring 31 runs in a three-game set against Troy. UTA has fallen out of conference tournament positioning with just three weekends remaining.

With Arkansas-Little Rock coming to town this weekend, UTA hopes to regain some offensive identity with a 3 p.m. midweek game Tuesday at Houston Baptist.

The Huskies (21-20, 12-9 Southland) beat UTA 2-1 on Feb. 21 behind a strong performance from Matthew McCollough, who struck out 10 in a complete game at Clay Gould Ballpark. Like UTA, Houston Baptist has earned wins over Top 25 teams but has struggled to translate that into conference success.

The Huskies have earned victories against Houston and Iowa, but sit in sixth place in the Southland Conference. They’re led by Zach Nehrir, who’s hitting .353 with 34 RBIs this season.

The Mavericks, meanwhile, are hitting just .262 as a team, the third-worst mark in the Sun Belt. Christian Hollie was the only player to record a hit in each game this weekend.

UTA at Houston Baptist

3 p.m. Tuesday, Husky Field

Records: UTA 17-25, 8-13 SBC;

HBU 21-20, 12-9 SLC

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