With a weekend of rain behind it, UT Arlington hosts Texas Tech in its annual game at Globe Life Park in Arlington on Tuesday night with warm, clear weather in the forecast.
The Mavericks (10-7, 2-1 Sun Belt) are coming off a series win over Arkansas State, while the Red Raiders didn’t get to finish their four-game series with No. 9 California. Their final two games were canceled because of rain.
Because of the layoff, the Red Raiders (9-6, 0-0 Big 12) will start Ty Damron, their normal Sunday starter. Damron (1-1, 4.22 ERA) only got through three innings in his last start against Cal State-Fullerton, and he’s well-rested for UTA’s showcase game.
Having to play three games in two days is tough to do. We used a lot of arms this weekend, so we’re going to have to see where we are [Tuesday] night.
UTA baseball coach Darin Thomas
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The Mavericks, meanwhile, used a lot of pitchers last weekend because of the Saturday doubleheader and early Sunday start. They’ll give Matt Michalski (0-0, 4.76) the first start of his career.
“Having to play three games in two days is tough to do,” coach Darin Thomas said. “We used a lot of arms this weekend, so we’re going to have to see where we are tomorrow night.”
The big right-hander is coming off a strong game at TCU last week when he struck out four in three innings.
UTA is 2-1 in midweek games this year, losing only to TCU last week.
While UTA won the teams’ last meeting in 2013, the Red Raiders had won the previous 17 games against the Mavericks. They’re 21-5 all-time against UTA.
But Globe Life Park brings out the best in UTA, which beat Texas last year in extra innings. No matter what, Globe Life Park games are usually tight. The Mavericks’ previous three games at Globe Life Park against Oklahoma, TCU and Texas A&M were all decided by one run.
Having already beaten Baylor, UTA is 2-1 in midweek games this year, losing only to TCU last week.
“I like where we’re at. We’re going to score runs and we’re starting to clean up some of the errors a little bit,” Thomas said.
UTA vs. Texas Tech
7 p.m. Tuesday
Globe Life Park