Former UTA Star Playing with the Vallejo Admirals
UTA Sits Game Back in Standings with Three to Play
Mavs Have Won Eight Consecutive Games
UTA Moves into First Place in Sun Belt; Series Resumes on Sunday at 11 a.m.
Will Olson Belts First Career Home Run
• 2016-17 Sun Belt Conference Academic Honor Roll
UTA's Friday-night starter for a second consecutive year, owning a 7-4 record with a 4.36 ERA in 16 games with 14 starts … Worked 86.2 innings, allowing 97 hits and 20 walks, striking out 51 … Worked 5.1 innings in a loss in the season opener vs. SEMO, allowing four runs on 10 hits with five strikeouts … Bounced back to worked eight strong, one-run innings vs. Louisiana Tech in a no decision in his home season debut … Picked up first win of the year with 7.1 innings at Texas A&M-CC, allowing just an earned run … Worked a quality start vs. Milwaukee, allowing three earned runs with six strikeouts in seven frames … Hurled seven innings for his second win of the year, bouncing back after allowing a first-inning grand slam at Georgia State to work into the eighth … Picked up the win with 7.2 innings vs. Georgia Southern, allowing two runs and walking four without a strikeout … Worked 3.2 innings in a no-decision vs. Troy, getting the rest of his work that week with a shutout inning vs. No. 4 TCU in midweek … Fired seven one-run innings to improve to 4-2 with a win at Appalachian State … Fired eight shutout innings with five strikeouts vs. Little Rock … Won sixth game with six innings at ULM, allowing four runs … Earned the win vs. No. 20 Louisiana, allowing three runs in 5.2 innings … Worked a shutout inning at Texas after working just 78 the previous week vs. Louisiana .. After allowing five runs in two outs at Arkansas State, bounced back with seven strong in a hard-luck loss vs. Coastal Carolina, allowing five runs … Worked 4.1 innings at Texas State, allowing five earned runs over 71 pitches.
Led the team and the Sun Belt Conference in wins (nine), leading the club in starts (15), complete games (two), innings (103.1) and strikeouts (64) … Went 9-4 with a 3.05 ERA in 16 games and 15 starts … Ranks ninth in the Sun Belt in ERA and third in innings pitched … Allowed 95 hits and 24 walks, surrendering 21 doubles and six homers, with opponents hitting .244 … Was 5-3 with a 3.25 ERA in 10 starts in Sun Belt play, working 74.2 innings, allowing 66 hits and 18 walks, striking out 39 … UTA went 9-6 in his starts … Was 8-4 with a 3.10 ERA in his 15 starts … Had a team-high 1.19 WHIP … First career start came vs. Stephen F. Austin, allowing five runs in 2.1 innings … Earned first career win with 5.1 innings at Baylor, allowing two runs and striking out six … Worked eight quality starts … Worked into the seventh inning in 11 of his 15 starts, including seven straight starts to end the year … Threw eight shutout innings vs. Texas A&M Corpus-Christi … Tossed eight shutout vs. Arkansas State, allowing just four hits … Earned four win at South Alabama, allowing two runs in 7.2 innings … Tossed a complete-game shutout vs. Georgia Southern, striking out 10 and allowing two walks and three hits … Worked seven innings and allowed a run vs. Louisiana … Tossed 8.1 innings in a win at Appalachian State … Allowed two runs in seven innings of a no-decision vs. Texas State … Allowed two runs in 6.1 innings vs. South Alabama.
Junior College (2014-15)
Worked in 62 innings as a sophomore, issuing 20 walks at North Central Texas … Had a 2.62 ERA in league action as a freshman … Played in the Texas-New Mexico JUCO All-Star Game … Named NJCAA Academic All-Conference … Played summer baseball for the Liberal Bee Jays … Finished his 2015 summer with a 4-0 record, 1.105 WHIP with 30 strikeouts and just three walks … Captured third place in the NBC World Series and was 21st national with the Bee Jays.
A two-time, first-team all-district selection at Caney Creek High School … Had a 6-4 record and a 2.43 ERA as a senior … All-district honors as a junior came at shortstop … Was a second-team all-district pitcher as a sophomore … A member of the National Honor Society.
Son of Paul and Stephanie Simmons … Has a brother, Ramsey (27) and a sister, Jewell (17) … Is a business/information systems major.
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