Only 12 programs in the country have more current Big Leaguers than UT Arlington.
UT Arlington junior right-handed pitcher Rett Varner
Made 46 appearances going 11-10 with a 4.10 ERA in 26 starts pitching 191.0 innings... recorded three complete games, one shutout (combined on three) while allowing 212 hits, 105 runs (87 earned) with 163 strikeouts allowing 59 walks with opponents batting .282.
Southland Conference Tournament
Earned the win in his only start throwing 7.0 innings with eight strikeouts and allowing four runs (1 earned) on six hits with one walk against Nicholls (5/27) in the Mavs' 5-4 victory.
Honorable mention Southland All-Conference... Southland Conference Pitcher of the Week (5/23)... preseason first team all-southland conference... Yahoo! Sports Preseason first team all-conference... made 15 appearances - all starts - with an 8-5 record with a 3.56 ERA in 103.2 innings pitched... struck out 95 batters allowing 110 base hits and 51 runs (41 earned) while allowing 24 walks with opponents batting .270... strikeout total ranks seventh in UTA history... ranked fourth in the conference in ERA, tied for third in wins, fourth in innings pitched, tied for fourth in games started (15), fifth in strikeouts and 11th in opponent batting average allowed (.270)... made nine starts pitching at least 7.0 innings, including six of his last seven of the season... pitched three complete games, including one complete-game shutout against Texas State (5/21) in San Marcos... notched at least seven strikeouts on seven occasions, including striking out at least 10 batters three times... struck out a career-high 12 batters against Nicholls (4/2) in a 9.0 inning complete game... seven of eight victories came against Southland Conference opponents, with six coming in league play (victory over Nicholls was in Southland Conference Tournament)... in seven home starts went 3-2 with a 3.44 ERA in 49.2 innings with 53 strikeouts, 10 walks allowed and opponents batted .253... pitched at least 6.0 innings in every home start... made 11 appearances - all starts - in Southland Conference play with a 6-4 record with a 3.25 ERA in 80.1 innings pitched... led team during conference play in ERA and wins... tallied three complete games in league play with 73 strikeouts and 18 walks allowed while opponents batted .265.
Played for the Coppell Copperheads of the Texas Collegiate League... named Texas Collegiate League Pitcher of the Year and was an all-league pick as a starting pitcher... ranked second in the league with 57 strikeouts and a 1.17 ERA... went 4-2 in seven starts while throwing 46.0 innings and only allowing seven walks and a .159 opponent batting average... helped lead team to TCL championship for third time in club's six-year history... was named fourth best MLB Draft prospect from TCL league by Baseball America's Top Prospect List of collegiate summer leagues.
Made two relief appearances in two games against Lamar... pitched 1.2 innings, allowing three hits, two runs and three walks with two strikeouts against Lamar (5/20)... threw 0.1 innings in second appearance against Lamar (5/22).
Selected in the 34th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft by the Chicago Cubs with the 1,040th overall pick... Made 16 appearances (10 starts) and was 2-3 with a 3.95 ERA... led team with two combined shutouts... ranked third on the team in ERA, appearances and starts... tied for third on the team in strikeouts (44)... finished ninth in the Southland Conference in ERA (3.95)... allowed the fewest earned runs (25) by any pitcher in the SLC that pitched at least 1.0 inning/team game... registered a 4.50 ERA in six appearances (five starts) with 26.0 innings pitched and 24 strikeouts (10 walks) against opponents who made the NCAA Tournament... led team with a 1.10 ERA in eight appearances (five starts) with a 2-0 record, 32.2 innings pitched, 28 strikeouts and 16 walks in games pitched at Clay Gould Ballpark... went 0-3 with a 7.77 ERA in eight appearances (five starts) with 24.1 innings pitched, 42 hits allowed and 16 strikeouts with eight walks in games pitched on the road or at a neutral site... went 1-0 with a 2.89 ERA in seven appearances (four starts) with 28.0 innings and 14 strikeouts during SLC competition... made five starts pitching at least 5.0 innings... made four outings while recording at least five strikeouts... matched a career-high six strikeouts on the road at Oral Roberts (4/7) and at home against Baylor (4/14)... pitched a career best 7.0 innings at home against UTSA (3/15) allowing three hits, two runs (no earned runs) and four walks with two strikeouts in a no-decision... picked up first win of the season pitching 6.0 innings and allowing two hits and no runs with five strikeouts against Siena (2/22) in a 13-0 combined shutout.
Played for the Coppell Copperheads of the Texas Collegiate League... led team in victories (4), innings pitched (47.0) and strikeouts (42)... ranked in three top five categories in the TCL... held opponents to a .203 batting average... recorded a 3.26 ERA in eight starts.
Made one relief appearance throwing one inning and allowing one run, one hit and one walk with a strikeout against Texas State (5/21).
Made 15 appearances (one start) and was 1-2 with a 6.23 ERA... third on the team with 14 relief appearances, fourth in total appearances (15) and fifth in strikeouts (24)... pitched 30.1 innings and allowed 37 hits, 21 earned runs and 11 walks... limited opponents to a .189 batting average (7-for-37) with two outs... threw at least two innings in five appearances... made NCAA Division I debut throwing three innings in relief allowing one hit, one run and posting two strikeouts with one walk against Louisiana Tech (2/26)... pitched two scoreless innings of relief allowing two hits and striking out four batters against Nevada (3/1)... recorded first career victory in only start throwing six innings and chipping in a season-high six strikeouts against UT Pan American (4/1)... did not allow an extra-base hit in final 9.1 innings (eight outings) of relief... member of the Capital One/Southland Conference 2008 Commissioner's Spring Academic Honor Roll... named to the UT Arlington Fall 2007 and Spring 2008 Athletic Director's Academic Honor Roll.
Brigham Young University
Transferred to UT Arlington after spending one redshirt season at BYU.
As a senior at Northwest High School, had a 6-3 record and 1.87 ERA in 75 innings... struck out a school-record 106 batters and walked just 18 en route to first team All-District 5-5A honors... two-time academic All-District 5-5A.
Son of Randy and Valerie Varner... born Feb. 3, 1988... an exercise science major at UT Arlington.
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