The UTA Baseball team hosted their first Sunbelt conference game when they took on the Georgia Southern Eagles for a three game series this past weekend. In Friday’s game, the Mavericks won 3-2. The game got on a promising start when Senior outfielder Quentin Rohrbaugh hit a solo home run in the first. Starting pitcher Kadon Simmons went 7 2/3 innings only allowing two hits. Saturday’s contest saw UTA lose their matchup against the Eagles 4-3. Noah Vaughn tied the game 3-3 with his fifth homer of the season, but Eagles second baseman Steven Curry hit the game winning RBI. In Sunday’s rubber match was a seesaw affair as the Eagles score five runs in the first. UTA starting pitcher Jakob Hernandez settled down after the first inning and had six scoreless innings with seven strikeouts. The Mavericks tied the game 5-5 in the fifth inning, but Georgia Southern would add four runs in the eighth to seal their win and the series win against the Mavericks.
The UTA Softball team was scheduled to play six games in four days, including the Maverick Classic this weekend. The weekend started with the Lady Mavericks taking on the Southern Jaguars. The Mavericks were victorious 16-0 as UTA had an offensive explosion in the second inning scoring 11. Friday started the Maverick Classic as UTA played a double header. First they defeated on the Incarnate Word Cardinal 7-1, but they fell to the St. Francis Red Flash 5-2. Saturday continued the Maverick Classic as they played another double header. The Lady Mavericks once again won against the Incarnate Word Cardinals 11-3, but fell to the Tulsa Golden Hurricane 7-0 in the nightcap. Sunday was supposed to be a rematch between UTA and Tulsa, but the game was cancelled due to rain. UTA won three out of five games to make their record 12-9 overall in this young season. The Mavericks start Sunbelt play against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks starting Saturday, March 11.
– Savannah Cole, Kendall Serman, and Mark Makinde
The UTA Lady Mavericks played their penultimate home game against the Troy Trojans at the College Park Center Thursday Night. Both teams had pink apparel for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. The Lady Mavericks trailed the Trojans by a game in the Sunbelt standings. UTA ultimately won 78-72 with guard Cierra Johnson leading all scorers with 22 points. Rebekah VanDijk was marred with foul trouble, only scoring seven points. UTA forced 22 turnovers against an aggressive Troy club and currently the Lady Mavs are sixth in the nation in turnovers. The Lady Mavericks regular season will conclude their season on the road. Thursday they’ll take on Louisiana-Monroe, and Saturday they will finish up with Louisiana.
The biology colloquium was held in the Life Sciences Building on Thursday. The guest Speaker was Dr. Martin Turcotte, who is an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Turcotte discussed how ecology and evolution work hand in hand. Turcotte’s research deals with the evolution of a green peach aphid and how it develops over time. He also has research different animal species and different kinds of plants. There is another Biology Colloquium held this Thursday at the Life Sciences building room 122.
– Mark Makinde
The 2017 UTA Softball season is steadily approaching and we get a first exclusive look at the team during the annual spring Softball/Baseball media day. Mavericks head coach Kristie Fox along with players Samantha Clakely, Sam Montes, and Shelbi Sikes sat at the podium while taking interviews. The players also debuted their new home uniforms for the 2017 season. Coach Fox said during her interview that “this group of girls has the best talent that we have.” The Mavs start their season in Tempe, Arizona to play Caifornia-Riverside Friday February 10th. They will return to Allen Saxe Field to play Nicholls State Friday February 24th.
New Year, New Me is a phrase said often when one pursues a new year’s resolution. Health related resolutions are the most common made on New Year’s Day. As the calendar turns to the month of February, I asked students are they doing New Year’s resolutions, if they are attaining their goals, or do they believe in them in the first place.