Darrell Preston enters his final season in a Mavericks uniform with the opportunity to solidify his name in the career record books. Preston has a solid chance of putting his name on the top of the all-time list for games played (needs 46), at-bats (needs 161), hits (needs 47) and runs batted in (needs 16). With an outstanding offensive season, Preston has a chance to put his name atop the all-time list for career doubles if he can collect 18 in his final season.
2003: .313-3-39...honorable mention all-SLC selection...raised his average 48 points over the last month of the season...played in 57 games during the season, making 54 starts at first base...second on the team with 27 base on balls...third on the team with a .405 on-base percentage...knocked in a season best four runs in the series opener against Texas-San Antonio...drove in three runs in games against Centenary, Northwestern State and Sam Houston State...went 3-for-5 with two RBIs, including the game tieing double in the ninth inning in a come-from-behind victory at Oklahoma...drew a season high three walks in a loss at Oklahoma State...collected 16 multi-hit games...had a season high three hits on six occasions...had nine multi-RBI games.
SLC Tournament: Started all six games at first base...hit .261 (6-for-23) with one double and five runs batted in...collected two hits in each of the first two games...knocked in a pair of runs in the come-from-behind victory over Louisiana-Monroe.
2002: .311-5-49...0-0, 2.08 as a pitcher...started 29 games at first base, 26 at third base and three as the DH...fifth on the team in hitting, third in home runs and RBI... started season hitting .378 after first 32 games, but lost 67 points off batting average after going just 22-for-110 (.200) over season's final 22 games...drove in season-high seven runs while going 4-for-5 with four runs scored, two doubles and a home run vs. Grambling... fourth on team with 19 multi-hit games, third with 12 multi-RBI games...named SLC Player of the Week April 2 after going 10-for-21 (.476) with three home runs, 12 RBI, nine runs scored and three doubles in five games...hit homers in both games of a doubleheader vs. Southeastern Louisiana March 29...appeared in four games on the mound, all in relief... allowed one earned run...struck out six batters and walked one in 4.1 innings. Earned summer All-American honors following 2001 season while playing third base for the Liberal (Kan.) BeeJays of the Jayhawk League.
2001: Honorable mention Freshman All-American....278-4-45 at the plate...2-1, 4.50 on the mound...true freshman led team in RBI...hit .345 (30-for-87) over last 22 games...joined Craig Martin as only Mavericks to start all 64 games...versatile player started 26 games at third base, 33 games at first base and five games as the designated hitter (including twice when he also was UTA's starting pitcher)...made nine appearances on the hill...20 multi-hit games...tied Daniel Ortmeier for team lead with 10 multi-RBI games...tied school record with five hits in a 5-for-5 day at Lamar April 28...drove in two runs and scored three times in that game...belted two homers and drove in career-best five runs in UTA's 9-8 win vs. Centenary in Shreveport, La. March 5...that performance came hours after he led UTA to a 10-8 win over Northwestern State in Natchitoches, La., by going 3-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored, and also made his first career start on the mound...allowed four earned runs on six hits in 3 1/3 innings in that NSU game, but made up for it by helping the Mavericks come back from an 8-0 deficit to win...had four 3-hit games...2-for-3, two runs and two stolen bases vs. Southeastern Louisiana...12 of first 13 outs he recorded on the mound were strikeouts...earned first career victory on the mound in a relief appearance Feb. 10 at Centenary, when he struck out three batters in 1 1/3 innings...also picked up a win March 16 in relief appearance vs. McNeese State...first career save came March 13 vs. TCU, when he struck out two batters and allowed one run on two hits with no walks in two innings of work...played in National Baseball Congress World Series for Liberal BeeJays in summer of 2001.
SLC Tournament: Hit .143 (3-for-21) while starting all six games at first base...did not pitch...picked up a hit in each of the final three games...doubled in second game vs. Lamar.
NCAA Tournament: Hit .182 (2-for-11) in NCAA Tournament ...picked up a single vs. Houston...also scored vs. Houston...doubled and drove in a run in second game vs. Rice.
Prior to UTA: A three-time All-State selection on the diamond at Mt. Vernon High School...District MVP as a sophomore and senior...hit .610 with 11 homers and 52 RBI as a senior...batted .535 with eight homers and 41 RBI as a junior...team's Defensive Player of the Year in 1999...hit .574 with 10 homers and 44 RBI in 1998...teams Newcomer of the Year as a freshman...Continental Amateur Baseball Association World Series MVP in 1999...earned All-District honors as a quarterback...scored 28.2 points per game on the basketball floor as a senior en route to District 13-3A MVP honors...first-team All-Region basketball player as a senior...team's Offensive MVP on the hardwood in 1999...summer teammate of Maverick Chris Minissale with the Dallas Tigers in 2000.
Personal: Son of Laura and Doyle Preston...brother, Doyle, played baseball at Arkansas from 1994-98, and in the Cincinnati Reds chain from 1994-98...born Sept. 10, 1981...a kinesiology major at UTA...winner of Kerry Courtwright Scholarship.