A lot can change in a week, and UT Arlington found that out the hard way.
Having lost five straight games, the Mavericks play host to Baylor at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the second game of a home-and-home baseball series at Clay Gould Ballpark.
The Mavericks (10-11, 2-4 Sun Belt) entered last Tuesday’s Globe Life Park game against Texas Tech having won seven of their past 10, but a loss to the Red Raiders and a sweep at the hands of South Alabama sent the Mavericks falling below .500.
They’ve fallen behind early in games and haven’t been able to catch up. Since beating Arkansas State 2-0 on March 12, UTA hasn’t closed out an inning with a lead.
After scoring a run in the first on Saturday, South Alabama scored two in the bottom half to regain it. And once the Mavericks scored in the ninth to take a one-run lead, Daniel James blew the save as South Alabama won in walk-off fashion.
The Mavericks went from scoring 6.1 runs per game during their previous 10-game stretch to just 2.8 over the last five.
But one Maverick who isn’t scuffling at the plate is freshman Noah Vaughan, who recorded two hits in each game over the weekend to raise his average to .333. He’s the only Maverick slugging above .500 (.590) and he’s tied for the team lead with two homers.
He’ll likely get the start in right field against Baylor, a team UTA beat 9-2 on Feb. 24 as Christian Hollie and Colton Turner drove in six runs combined.
The Bears (8-11, 1-2 Big 12) are led by Darryn Sheppard, who’s hitting .324 with three homers on the year.
UTA vs. Baylor
6:30 p.m. Tuesday