Baseball hosts UTA for crucial series with Mavericks

Freshman first baseman Jason Swan is hitting .262 on the season. 

Kaitlin Sells

Coming off from a 6-4 win over College of Charleston, Georgia Southern will face UT Arlington in a home series over the weekend.

UT Arlington (19-18; 9-6)

UTA has a similar record to the Eagles but have been unsuccessful when it comes to away games, only winning four of the 14 games they have played outside of Texas.

The Mavericks bat a team average of .265, with Omar Salinas leading with a .317 average. Salinas has also logged 13 runs and 32 hits.

Zac Cook also looks to be a threat off the bats, with his 24 runs and 36 hits for the season along with a .308 batting average.

We should expect to see Trae Patterson on the mound and pitching for the Mavericks, as he’s got an ERA of 5.48 for the 47.2 innings he’s pitched this season. Along with that Patterson has also thrown 33 strikeouts.

Brad Vassar could also be expected on the mound with his 4.66 ERA for the 38.2 innings he’s pitched this season.

Georgia Southern (17-19; 8-6)

GS has had a pretty good season so far, having a total record of 17-19 but being successful at home with a 13-8 record. Hopefully we’ll see the Eagles use their home advantage this weekend to further improve their records.

The Eagles swing a batting average of .232 as a team, with freshman Christian Avant leading with a .266 average along with 15 hits and 25 runs.

Trailing close behind Avant is freshman Jason Swan batting an average of .262 and adding nine runs and 27 hits for the Eagles. Sophomore Mason McWhorter is another to watch for as he’s been hot on the bats this season with his six homeruns, 23 hits, and 34 runs.

It’s no doubt we’ll probably see sophomore Seth Shuman on the mount and throwing a few pitches as the sophomore as an ERA of 5.09 for the 58.1 innings he’s pitched. Shuman’s also thrown an impressive 59 strikeouts for the season.

We could also expect to see some pitching action form junior Brian Eichhorn who has an ERA of 3.67 in the 56.1 innings he’s pitched and has thrown 68 strikeouts for the season.

All three games will be played over the course of the weekend of April 20. Game one will be on Friday at 6:30 p.m, game two will be played Saturday at 3 p.m. and the series will wrap up with game three on Sunday at 11 a.m.

Kaitlin Sells, The George-Anne Sports Reporter, [email protected]