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March 1, 2007
EVANSTON, Ill. - Northwestern's baseball team takes to the road for the third time this season, and you guessed it, back to Texas they go. This time, NU travels to the Arlington/Dallas area to compete against the University of Texas-Arlington, Dallas Baptist and New Mexico State. The Wildcats' first game is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday March 2 at Clay Gould Ballpark against Texas-Arlington. The `Cats then take on Dallas-Baptist (in Dallas) on Saturday (2 p.m.) and back to UTA for their third game against New Mexico State (noon) on Sunday.
Texas-Arlington opened the season with a 9-4 loss to then No. 7 Texas and has played four teams ranked in the top-25. The Mavericks are 4-8 overall and 3-3 at Clay Gould Ballpark. They have a .271 team batting average, which includes nine home runs and 55 RBI. Shortstop Kyle Rudy leads the way with a .419 batting average, starting all 12 games. The UTA pitching staff has a 6.45 ERA and has struck out 82 in 106.0 total innings.
Dallas Baptist enters the weekend with a 5-6 overall record. The Patriots have a .258 batting average with 27 extra-base hits, which includes 17 doubles. On the mound, DBU boasts a 5.12 ERA and are led by Victor Black's 1.29 ERA in 21.0 innings pitched. He has struck out 23 and walked seven. Opposing hitters are hitting .119 against him. This is the first meeting between the two schools.
Sunday's game pits NU against New Mexico State University. The Aggies (6-8) enter the weekend with a .319 team batting average with five players boasting a .327 or better average. NMSU is led by Leo Aguirre's .455 batting average in 10 starts. Joseph Scaperotta leads the squad with 25 RBI to go along with seven doubles and a .435 batting average. On the mound, Anthony Arrieta leads the team with a 2.08 ERA (17.1 innings). The team has a 6.62 overall ERA.
Northwestern enters the weekend with a Big Ten leading .326-team batting average in six games. Senior Caleb Fields leads NU with a .464 (13-for-28) average. Junior Antonio Mulé leads the team with seven RBI.
Freshman David Jensen has three collegiate appearances and two collegiate saves.
Northwestern is making its third straight trip to the state of Texas. NU opened the season at the Red Raider Classic (Feb. 9-11) in Lubbock, hosted by Texas Tech. Twelve days later, the Wildcats participated in the Cardinal Classic (Feb. 23-25) in Beaumont, hosted by Lamar. This weekend, NU will make its final appearance in Texas, this time in Arlington and Dallas.
Three native Texans grace the Wildcat roster in 2007. A pair of freshmen and a junior. Third baseman Kenneth Avila hails from one of Texas' and the United States most southern cities, Corpus Christi. He attended W.B. Ray High School and has started five on NU's first six games at the hot corner. Catcher Chad Noble attended Rockwall High School in Rockwall, Texas. Rockwall is located just outside Dallas to the northeast. Noble has played in all six games, starting five wearing the tools of ignorance (catcher's gear). Relief pitcher Bo Schultz is heading home this weekend. Schultz is a native of Dallas and attended Highland Park High School in the Dallas area. Schultz has pitched in three games so far this season for a total of 4.1 innings.