After a dreadful month of April, UT Arlington swept Arkansas-Little Rock this past weekend to jump back into the mix for a playoff spot in the Sun Belt tournament.
But before the Mavericks host their final home series against Appalachian State this weekend, they’ll head to the new home of No. 13 Dallas Baptist at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The Patriots have won seven straight games and own the nation’s top RPI after beating TCU and sweeping Charlotte last week.
The Mavericks, who lost 9-3 in an earlier meeting this season, are an even .500 against Dallas Baptist since 2010, but they haven’t played in Dallas since they opened their new ballpark in 2013.
What was once Patriot Field is now Horner Ballpark, a dark red brick stadium that stands as one of the most beautiful in the area. It comes as the Patriots have built themselves into a perennial contender for the NCAA Tournament.
With four regional appearances in the last five years and a Super Regional in 2011, Dallas Baptist has churned out 12 draft picks over the last three years.
During Dallas Baptist’s ascent to the upper echelon of college baseball programs, the Mavericks have played them every year since 2002, except for last year when a late conference reshuffling left them off the schedule.
With just 11 miles separating the two schools, Dallas Baptist is the closest thing UTA has to a local rival.
UTA at Dallas Baptist
6:30 p.m Tuesday, Horner Ballpark
Records: UTA 20-26; DBU 36-9