Former UTA men's golfer Paul McConnell fired a 5-under par 67 Monday to qualify for the Valero Texas Open, a PGA TOUR event scheduled for this weekend at TPC San Antonio.
An Allen, Texas resident, McConnell played in two PGA TOUR events in 2016 - the Valero Texas Open and the Shell Houston Open. He Monday qualified for each of those events. He has two top-10s in 32 career starts on Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada. He finished T80 in his lone Web.com Tour start, at the 2015 Price Cutter Charity Championship.
The Valero Texas Open, first played in 1922, is the 3rd oldest PGA TOUR tournament. This year's event features 12 major championship winners and four former FedExCup champions in the field, in addition to defending champion Kevin Chappell.
ESPN+, the upcoming direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International in partnership with ESPN and featuring ESPN branded content, will launch on April 12 and offer fans a dynamic lineup of live sports, original content and an unmatched library of award-winning on-demand programming - all for a subscription price of $4.99 per month.
ESPN+ will be an integrated part of a completely redesigned and reimagined ESPN App that will be the premier all-in-one digital sports platform for fans. ESPN+ will also be available through ESPN.com. The new ESPN App and ESPN+ showcase the culture of breakthrough innovation at ESPN and across The Walt Disney Company.
The Sun Belt Conference announced in March it has expanded its agreement with ESPN with a significant amount of programming (including UTA events) appearing live on ESPN+.
Overall: 9-9, 3-0 Sun Belt Conference Last Week: 5-0, 3-0 Sun Belt Conference Streak: Won 5
W, 5-1 at No. 6 Texas A&M [18 innings] * Tuesday, March 13 | RECAP | NOTES
W, 13-5 vs. Minnesota * Wednesday, March 14 | RECAP | NOTES
W, 6-4 vs. Georgia State * Friday, March 16 | RECAP | NOTES
W, 12-10 vs. Georgia State [10 innings] * Sunday, March 18 | RECAP | NOTES
W, 6-5 vs. Georgia State * Sunday, March 18 | RECAP | NOTES
Tuesday, March 20 * vs. Abilene Christian * 6:30 p.m.
Friday, March 23 * at Little Rock * 6 p.m.
Saturday, March 24 * at Little Rock * 2 p.m.
Sunday, March 25 * at Little Rock * 1 p.m.
Pitcher of the Week Nominee Andrew Gross, Jr., RHP - Chandler, Ariz.
NOTES: Junior sidewinding right-hander Andrew Gross had a career week, pitching in three of UTA's five wins ... Gross worked 6.2 shutout innings to earn his first career win at No. 6 Texas A&M on Tuesday, coming on in the 13th inning and working until the Mavs took the lead in the top of the 18th ... Three days later, returned to the hill to work a three-inning save with a one-run lead in the series opener vs. Georgia State ... In the series-clinching win vs. GSU on Sunday, Gross came out of the bullpen to induce a key ground-ball double play.
Player of the Week Nominee Will Olson, R-Jr., C - Sherman, Texas
NOTES: Junior catcher Will Olson had a prolific week for the Mavs, belting three homers ... Olson hit .350 (7-for-20) with seven RBI in five games, ripping two homers in a win over Georgia State in the series clincher after a go-ahead blast in a win over the Panthers on Friday night ... His final homer in the Georgia State series was a walk-off blast in the 10th inning to clinch the series ... Over the three-game series with Georgia State, Olson was 6-for-11 with three blast and seven RBI.
UTA baseball completed a 5-0 week with a series sweep over Georgia State to open Sun Belt Conference play over the weekend. The Mavs also earned an 18-inning win at No. 6 Texas A&M on Tuesday night - the longest game played in TAMU history - and a seven-run pasting of Minnesota on Wednesday.
The Mavs used a prolific power duo of Will Olson and Noah Vaughan to propel the sweep over Georgia State. Olson hit three homers over the first two games, including a walk-off blast to clinch the series, and Vaughan belted two jacks, with his second coming as the walk-off homer to give UTA a sweep on Sunday. Both of the UTA homers came with the Mavs trailing in their final chance at-bat.
UTA (9-9, 3-0 Sun Belt Conference) broke out during the five-game week that saw the Mavs work a total of 55 innings. UTA posted a 5-0 team ERA during the week and hit .288 with seven homers and 42 runs. Overall, the Mavs have hit .246 with 14 homers and 101 runs in 18 games, sporting a 5.38 team ERA in 170.2 innings. On the mound, freshman David Moffat won all three of his games in relief.
UTA's win at Texas A&M marked the fifth consecutive season the Mavs have posted a top-25 win. The 18-inning game was the second-longest in program history and was the longest in Aggie baseball annals. UTA got sterling pitching outings from Carlos Tavera, Logan Austin and Andrew Gross as the game went scoreless for the first 17 innings before the Mavs broke out with five in the 18th.
Vaughan has powered the offensive attack for UTA in 2018, owning a .310 average (22-for-71) with three doubles, five triples, five homers and 16 RBI, owning a 1.134 OPS with two steals and four outfield assists from his centerfield post. Vaughan ranks among the UTA career (11) and single-season leaders in triples and is coming off five extra-base hits over the five-game week.
Senior first baseman Omar Salinas has hit .304 (21-for-69) with three doubles and 10 RBI, owning a 12-5 walk-strikeout ratio. Outfielder Phil Berthiaume has hit .280, second baseman/outfielder Christian Holler has batted .269 with a homer and seven RBI, and shortstop Josh Minjarez is hitting .269 with a double, homer and eight RBI. Olson has batted .246 with two doubles, five homers and 14 RBI, with catcher Jakob Nunez adding a .242 average with a homer and seven RBI. Outfielder/infielder Zac Cook has batted .220 with seven RBI and a .355 on-base percentage, third baseman RJ Williams has a homer and 10 RBI, with outfielder Aaron Funk driving in four runs and second baseman Easton Johnson plating six RBI.
UTA used the weekend rotation of senior southpaw Brad Vassar (2-1, 2.86 ERA) on Friday, senior righty Trae Patterson (0-1, 7.56 ERA) on Saturday and junior right-hander Kai'kepono Anderson (0-1, 8.05 ERA) last weekend. Freshman righty David Moffat (3-4, 3.26 ERA) went 3-0 last week in his three appearances over 6.1 innings. Right-handers Cody Wernli (0-0, 0.00 ERA), Tristan Tom (0-0, 0.00 ERA), Andrew Gross (1-0, 1.46 ERA), Logan Austin (0-0, 5.40 ERA), Carlos Tavera (0-0, 6.48 ERA), Daniel James (0-2, 6.75 ERA), Dylan Schneider (0-0, 8.59 ERA) and Jordon West (1-0, 9.64 ERA) have each appeared in at least four games in relief. Southpaws Ryan Buss (1-0, 3.09 ERA), Drew Gooch (1-0, 7.04 ERA), Adam Meyer (0-0, 10.80 ERA) and Jake Wilcox (0-0, 13.50 ERA) have each worked in at least three games out of the bullpen.
With the Winter Olympics winding down, here is a quick list of former UTA athletes who competed in past Olympic Games:
Douglas Russell (USA)| Swimming
1968 Mexico City, Mexico
Douglas finished first in the 100m butterfly and the 4x100 medley relay. A NCAA champion in 1968, Russell finished first in the 100-yard butterfly and also in the 400 yard medley relay. Russell is a member of UTA's Hall of Honor and two-time All-American.
Lanny Bassham (USA) | Rifle
1972 Munich, Germany and 1976 Montreal, Canada
The first Maverick to compete in two Olympic Games, Bassham won gold in the 1976 games competing in rifle. He finished with a score of 1162 in the 50-meter three-position competition. Bassham won silver in 1972 in the same event.
Larry Dowler (USA) | Swimming
1976 Montreal, Canada
Dowler, a UTA graduate in 1979, finished ninth in the 1976 Games in Montreal. Dowler was inducted to UTA's Hall of Honor in 1998.
David Peltier (Barbados)| Track and Field
1984 Los Angeles, USA
Peltier's 4x400 team finished sixth in the 1984 Olympics with a time of 3:01.60, a Barbadian record. Peltier finished 29th in the in men's 400-meter, advancing to the quarterfinals.
Joseph Sainah (Kenya)| Track and Field
1988 Seoul, Republic of Korea
Sainah competed in the 4x400 meter relay at the 1988 Olympic Games. Sainah's cousin, Peter Rono of Kenya, won gold at the same Olympics in the 1500-meters.
McClinton Neal (USA) | Track and Field
1992 Barcelona, Spain
A NCAA champion in the 400-meter hurdles and five-time NCAA All-American, Neal finished ninth at the Olympics in the same event after reaching the semi-finals. Neal retired from track and field in 2000 and now is a comedian performing in Los Angeles, California.
Peter Dajia (Canada) | Track and Field
1992 Barcelona, Spain
Dajia represented Canada at the '92 Olympics in Barcelona competing in the shot put. He finished 14th in his qualifying group with a throw of 16.81-meters. Dajia also competed in the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada.
Elston Cawley (Jamaica) | Track and Field
1996 Atlanta, USA
Cawley finished seventh in the second-round of qualifying in the 200-meters with a time of 20.75. He advanced out of his first round heat with a third-place finish and a time of 20.73. Cawley was a six-time All-American at UTA.
Karin Olsson (Sweden) | Bobsleigh
2002 Salt Lake City, USA
A former sprinter for the UTA track and field team, Olsson finished 14th in the women's two bobsledding with a time of 1:40.30.
Jared Connaughton (Canada) | Track and Field
2008 Beijing, China and 2012 London, England
Connaughton will represent Canada for the second consecutive Summer Olympics. Connaughton finished 14th in the 200-meter and his team finished sixth in the 4x100m relay. He is just the second Maverick to compete in multiple Olympics.
Derrick Obasohan (Nigeria) | Basketball
2012 London, England
Obasohan is UTA's first men's basketball athlete to play for his national team at the Olympics.
The 2018 Sun Belt Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Championships presented by First Bank and Trust has just the kid-friendly event to show off your skills. The conference's annual Dribble Drive, a part of the Sun Belt Sports Fest, is scheduled for Saturday, March 10 beginning at 11 a.m. at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans. The Sun Belt Sports Fest takes place from 9 a.m. to Noon on the Lakefront Arena grounds.
Children ages 3-12 are welcome to join in on the fun and dribble their basketballs starting from around the venue grounds to inside the Lakefront Arena where the championship games will be taking place. Each participant will receive a free t-shirt, a free basketball and two tickets to the March 10 men's semifinal games slated for 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Click here to register for the 2018 Dribble Drive. Pre-registration is recommended.
The 2018 Sun Belt Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Championships presented by First Bank and Trust are set for March 6-11 with eight men's teams and eight women's teams vying for Sun Belt tournament titles and automatic bids to the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Basketball Championships.
Single-session tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12. A children's ticket also includes a hot dog and a drink. Each session consists of two games, with the exception of the men's and women's championship games on Sunday, March 11.
Tickets are available for purchase by calling (817) 272-9595.
For the last couple of years, UT Arlington communications students have earned real-world news reporting experience by covering various preseason media days for Maverick sports. Beginning with the 2016 men and women's basketball preseason media and photo day, students in classes and programs led by professors Lance Liguez, Jennifer Little and Brad Loper have observed press conferences, conducted interviews, taken photographs and gathered video and social media content. The experience provides a unique opportunity for the students to see firsthand how press events work and how content is gathered by news organizations.