Fifth-year senior Pierce Loveless has seen a lot since coming to UTA prior to the 1999 season. Loveless has had three head coaches (Butch McBroom, Clay Gould, Jeff Curtis) and three pitching coaches (Ron Liggett, Jeff Curtis, Darin Thomas), and joins Aaron Pullin as the only current Maverick seniors to play their entire collegiate careers at UT-Arlington.
Entering 2003 season, Loveless has made 58 appearances in his career (eighth most in team history)…166 career strikeouts are seventh most on UTA’s all-time chart.
2002: 4-3, 5.24…led team with 89.1 innings and 66 strikeouts…made 22 appearances in 2002…made a team-high 14 starts…he fanned a career high 11 batters in a victory at ULM March 22, a game in which he tossed eight innings…Loveless earned the win over TCU March 1, allowing one earned run on six hits and one walk with three strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
2001: First-team All-Southland Conference…6-4, 3.30…two-time Southland Conference Pitcher of the Week…first award came after tossing four-hit shutout with six strikeouts and one walk vs. Southwest Texas State…picked up second POW award after he threw a three-hit shutout vs. Nicholls State April 21…struck out nine batters and walked nobody in that Nicholls State game…opened the season 4-0…received no-decision on Opening Day at then-No. 4 Arizona State…allowed one earned run on three hits and three walks while striking out two batters in six innings of work vs. ASU, and left the game with the lead…earned first win in relief appearance in the season’s second game, a 7-4 win over then-No. 20 Texas in Austin…also owned a win over a nationally-ranked Baylor squad…3.30 ERA was fourth best on team…six wins tied for seventh most in the SLC…3-4, 3.18 in SLC regular season games…struck out 71 batters while walking just 19…103.2 innings pitched is 19 1/3 innings more than Dave Engelson, the UTA hurler with the second most innings pitched. SLC Tournament: Appeared in two games, starting one…0-0, 4.32…pitched five innings in start vs. Southwest Texas State, allowing four runs on seven hits and one walk with four strikeouts…tossed 3.1 innings in relief in first game of championship doubleheader vs. Lamar…four hits, two strikeouts in that game. NCAA Tournament: 0-0, 8.31 in two appearances…no-decision as starter in UTA’s 7-6 win over Houston…four earned runs on six hits with four strikeouts and no walks in four complete innings in that game…tossed 1/3 of an inning, allowing two hits and two unearned runs in final game vs. Rice.
2000: One of UTA’s top starters before an arm injury forced him out of the lineup after 11 appearances …1-1, 3.19…tossed 42.1 innings…sported UTA’s top earned run average…started five games…struck out 29 batters while walking 15…held opponents to .252 batting average, second best total on the team among pitchers who threw at least four innings…was 0-0, 2.79 in three appearances in SLC games, all starts…picked up first win by allowing one run on two hits while striking out four in pre-determined four innings of work against Iowa State…no-decision at Louisiana-Monroe in a game in which he allowed five hits and no runs over five innings…struck out season-high seven batters in no-decisions against Washington State and Lamar…in that game against Lamar, had his longest stint of the year with 7.1 innings or work, allowing two runs on six hits.
1999: Appeared in one game prior to filing for medical redshirt season… worked 1/3 of an inning in relief against Texas Christian in the Laredo Tournament. Prior to UTA: Was one of the top high school players in Arlington at Sam Houston High School…named District 8-5A most valuable player…also named Area MVP and to the All-State squad…earned THBCA All-Star honors…besides baseball, also played football and soccer for the Texans.
Personal: Son of Peggi and Randy Loveless…born November 19, 1979…a business management major at UTA.