The UTA Mavericks played the 20th ranked Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns at Clay Gould Ballpark. This three-game series was a battle for control of overall first place in the Sun Belt Conference. The Mavericks held off the Cajuns’ to win game one, 5-4. The series was put on hold until Sunday, because of the chance of bad weather on Saturday. On a windy day, the series continued with a doubleheader. In game two, UTA managed to seize the moment and win 10-2. Going for the sweep, the Mavericks won game three, 9-3. Giving them sole possession of first place.
On Tuesday, April 4th, the Mavericks (14-15) hosted the third ranked team in the nation, TCU Horned Frogs for their second matchup of the year. Things got off to a rocky start for UTA. Starting pitcher, Jordan West, walked the first three TCU batters. He was quickly pulled from the game. The Horned Frogs took advantage of the situation and took an early lead. UTA managed to get hits, but only scored one run. The Mavericks managed to start a late game rally and posted three more runs. Their ninth inning surge fell short. TCU gets the win. Final score, 5-4.
Over the weekend of March 31 and April 1st, UTA play the Troy Trojans in a three game series at Clay Gould Ballpark. The series’ times were moved up due to potential bad weather on Sunday. There was a doubleheader on Friday. UTA was able to hand the Trojans back to back losses with the final scores of 9-6 in game one and 5-2 in game two. In game three, the Mavericks had a lead through eight innings. Troy had a flurry of runs in the last two innings. UTA couldn’t manage to rally back. The Mavericks lost game three, 13-5.
On Tuesday, February 28th, UTA played the Dallas Baptist University Patriots. In the final game of the Mavericks’ opening homestand, they look to snap their winless streak at Clay Gould Ballpark. DBU jumped on the board first, they also added more runs with timely offense in the middle innings. UTA rallied back to tie the game. DBU padded their lead with additional runs. The Mavericks had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth. UTA fell short in their effort to make a comeback. UTA lost to DBU by the final score, 9-7.
As the semester rolls on, the UTA Baseball team prepares for the 2017 season. Before the season begins, the team held its preseason media day at the Justin D. Wilson Batting Facility on Thursday February 2nd. Head Coach Darin Thomas and a few Maverick players gave their insight on what to expect for the team’s upcoming season. They discussed how versatile the team is. The players have to be expected to step in to any role when asked. Coach Thomas and the team are looking forward to getting back on the field and officially start the season.
The annual UTA baseball alumni game took place on Saturday, January 28th at Clay Gould Ballpark. It gave past players the chance to suit up and play. The scrimmage game served as a warm up for UTA’s upcoming season. The game also gave the opportunity for both current and past players to interact with one another.
The fans were treated to a competitive game early on with the alumni jumping out to an early lead. UTA answered back with a explosive amount of hits and runs to take the lead and the game. Final score was 17-3.
Jhonathan Gonzalez represented UTA at the Texas Regional Tennis Tournament. He made it to the semi-finals before he was eliminated by Texas Tech.
Before athletes hit the court these are the people that make sure they’re fit to play. The trainers for UTA’s Athletic Department do more than most people think. They aren’t the waterboys and they don’t help people work out in the gym. These trainer’s are here to prevent injuries, rehabilitate, and sometimes even save lives.
From the stands, when you see Link, you see a 7 foot giant who has quite the defensive presence in the front court.
But when I sat down with the Senior from Montreal, Canada, I learned about things the average UTA fan may not know. Like the fact that his first language is French, how his teammates that room with him rave about his cooking abilities, and one particular interest off the court that may not be as obvious as his tall size.
Kabayundi has a passion for photography and graphic design. And although he’s humble about his talents, he has quite the potential. He takes pictures of his teammates and edits the photos into promotional posters. He also has an Instagram page dedicated to his photography.
To see more of Kabayundi’s Photography follow him at @KingTonyPics on Instagram.