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Eagles get rare opportunity to play against Division I foe

Former OC baseball standout Darin Thomas and his NCAA Division I Texas-Arlington Mavericks will host the Eagles in a two-game series starting Tuesday.
Former OC baseball standout Darin Thomas and his NCAA Division I Texas-Arlington Mavericks will host the Eagles in a two-game series starting Tuesday.

OKLAHOMA CITY (April 1, 2013) – Oklahoma Christian’s baseball team will have a rare opportunity this week, as the Eagles will travel to play two games against NCAA Division I Texas-Arlington.

OC (18-15) will play at UTA’s Clay Gould Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday and again at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Quik Trip Park in nearby Grand Prairie, the home of an independent pro baseball team.

Since OC revived its baseball program in 2008, the Eagles have played only three games against Division I foes, all in 2010. OC lost to Oklahoma State 10-2 on March 2 of that year, then lost 5-0 and 17-9 to UTA on March 16 and 17, respectively.

UTA is coached by former OC standout Darin Thomas, who graduated in 1989. During his two years with the Eagles, Thomas was an All-NAIA District 9 and All-Sooner Athletic Conference selection as a pitcher. He started his coaching career as an assistant coach under then-OC coach Johnny Inman in 1990.

Thomas has been the Mavericks’ head coach since 2008 and entered the season with a record of 148-142. Last season, UTA went 36-25 and went to the NCAA tournament as the Southland Conference tournament champion.

This season, UTA is 15-12 overall and 5-1 in its new league, the Western Athletic Conference.