UT Arlington Mavericks baseball

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Texas–Arlington Mavericks
2017 Texas–Arlington Mavericks baseball team
UT Arlington Mavericks wordmark.svg
Founded 1969
University University of Texas at Arlington
Head coach Darin Thomas (7th season)
Conference Sun Belt
West Division
Location Arlington, Texas
Home stadium Clay Gould Ballpark
(Capacity: 1,600)
Nickname Mavericks
Colors Royal Blue, White, and Orange[1]
              
NCAA Tournament appearances
1990, 1992, 2001, 2006, 2012
Conference tournament champions
Southland: 2001, 2006, 2012
Conference champions
Sunbelt: 2017 (West Division)
WAC: 2013
Southland: 1990, 1992

The UT Arlington Mavericks baseball team is a varsity intercollegiate athletic team of the University of Texas at Arlington in Arlington, Texas, United States.[2] The team is a member of the Sun Belt Conference, which is part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I. The team plays its home games at Clay Gould Ballpark in Arlington, Texas. The Mavericks are coached by Darin Thomas.

History[edit]

The UTA Mavericks began intercollegiate baseball in 1969 as the Athletic Department moved from the College Division to the University level, which required schools to sponsor more sports than UTA did at that time. As the only founding member of the Southland Conference to not offer the sport, UTA immediately had a conference home.

Tom Beasley became UTA's first head coach. After two losing seasons, Fred Mathews Took the helm and guided the Mavericks to their first winning season and a second-place finish in the SLC. He coached for two more seasons before a legend would guide the Mavericks for the next 26 seasons.

Butch McBroom amassed 756 wins, which is by far the most for any Maverick coach and still second all-time in the Southland. His teams won two Conference Championships, were runners-up six times and participated in two NCAA tournaments. He occasionally landed in national rankings as well. His players earned four pitcher-of the-year awards, one player of-the-year, one hitter-of-the-year and three newcomer-of-the-year while he, himself, won four coach-of-the-year honors.

In 1994, the Mavericks finished four games under .500, breaking a streak of 14-straight winning seasons. It marked the first of six-consecutive sub-.500 years, until he retired after the 1999 season.

Clay Gould was hired as the fourth coach in Maverick history. He played for the Mavericks in the early '90's during their two NCAA tournament runs and was named the 1993 Southland Conference Player-of-the-Year. His first year was a rebuilding year, but in 2001, UTA won their first Southland Conference tournament and advanced to the NCAA tournament.

Against the Houston Cougars, Craig Martin, who retired as UTA's all-time hits leader and is still currently UTA's all-time doubles leader, hit a late-inning home run to win UTA's first NCAA tournament game. UTA's two losses were to host Rice University, which advanced to the Super Regional.

During the season, Coach Gould was battling colon cancer, and he died shortly after the season ended.

Jeff Curtis succeeded Coach Gould in 2002 and in 2006, UTA won their second Southland Conference tournament.

Current Head Coach Darin Thomas, who was an assistant coach under Clay Gould and associate head coach with Jeff Curtis, officially took the reins in 2008. In 2012, his team won the Southland Conference Tournament to advance to a NCAA regional for the fifth time in program history. In 2013, as the team played their first and last season in the Western Athletic Conference, the team was Co-Champions with California State University-Bakersfield. In 2017, the team won a program record 20 conference games en route to a West Division championship in the Sun Belt.

Since 2013, the baseball team annually plays one game against a Division I opponent in Globe Life Park.[3]

Season-by-season results[edit]

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Southland Conference (1969–2012)
1969 Beasley 6–16 0–8 5th
1970 Beasley 10–18 3–9 5th
Tom Beasley: 16–34 (.320) 3–17 (.150)
1971 Mathews 22–12 8–4 2nd
1972 Mathews 18–25 8–9 4th
1973 Mathews 20–17 7–7 4th
Fred Mathews: 60–54 (.526) 23–20 (.535)
1974 McBroom 23–28 3–12 6th
1975 McBroom 22–27 6–9 4th
1976 McBroom 29–21 7–8 T–3rd
1977 McBroom 14–39 4–10 6th
1978 McBroom 34–27–1 9–11 4th
1979 McBroom 21–28 7–13 5th
1980 McBroom 35–25 10–5 3rd
1981 McBroom 38–23 9–4 2nd
1982 McBroom 37–20 4–8 5th
1983 McBroom 30–23 8–8 T–2nd
1984 McBroom 30–20 10–2 2nd
1985 McBroom 35–26 8–9 4th
1986 McBroom 30–26 12–5 2nd
1987 McBroom 32–26
1988 McBroom 33–22 10–9 3rd
1989 McBroom 33–23 11–7 2nd
1990 McBroom 31–30 11–5 1st NCAA Central Regional, L 0–2
1991 McBroom 32–22 8–6 3rd
1992 McBroom 40–15 16–5 1st NCAA Central Regional, L 0–2
1993 McBroom 34–20 17–6 2nd Southland Tournament, L 1–2
1994 McBroom 25–29 13–11 5th
1995 McBroom 27–32 14–10 4th Southland Tournament, L 1–2
1996 McBroom 23–35 13–17 6th Southland Tournament, L 0–2
1997 McBroom 22–35 12–17 5th Southland Tournament, L 1–2
1998 McBroom 20–29 9–13 7th
1999 McBroom 26–35 14–13 5th Southland Tournament, L 3–2
Butch McBroom: 756–686–1 (.524) 245–223 (.524)
2000 Gould 24–30 9–18 9th
2001 Gould 39–25 15–11 T–3rd Southland Tournament, W 4–0
NCAA Houston Regional, L 1–2
Clay Gould: 63–55 (.534) 24–29 (.453)
2002 Curtis 29–29 15–11 4th Southland Tournament, L 0–2
2003 Curtis 37–25 18–9 3rd Southland Tournament, L 4–2
2004 Curtis 32–26 14–13 4th Southland Tournament, L 1–2
2005 Curtis 26–32 14–13 4th Southland Tournament, L 1–2
2006 Curtis 29–36 16–12 5th Southland Tournament, W 4–1
NCAA Austin Regional, L 0–2
2007 Curtis 13–40 4–26 12th
Jeff Curtis: 166–188 (.469) 111–127 (.466)
2008 Thomas 26–31 16–14 6th Southland Tournament, L 0–2
2009 Thomas 30–26 19–13 5th Southland Tournament, L 1–2
2010 Thomas 29–31 19–14 5th Southland Tournament, L 2–2
2011 Thomas 27–29 15–18 T–7th
2012 Thomas 36–25 19–14 T–3rd Southland Tournament, W 4–0
NCAA Waco Regional, L 0–2
Western Athletic Conference (2013)
2013 Thomas 31–27 18–9 T–1st WAC Tournament, L 1–2
Sun Belt Conference (2014–present)
2014 Thomas 30–25 19–11 2nd SBC Tournament, L 3–1
2015 Thomas 24–32 14–16 7th SBC Tournament, L 1–2
2016 Thomas 30–28 15–15 7th SBC Tournament, L 1–2
2017 Thomas 30–25 20–10 3rd, 1st in West Division SBC Tournament, L 0–1
Darin Thomas: 293–279 (.512) 174–134 (.565)
Total: 1,354–1,296–1 (.511)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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