Feb. 26, 2010
ARLINGTON, Texas - Jason Mitchell struck out a school and Southland Conference record 18 batters and held a no-hitter through 8.2 innings, but it took UT Arlington 14 innings to capture its first win of the season with a 1-0 victory over Missouri State on Friday evening at Clay Gould Ballpark.
Mitchell and Adam Boydston combined struck out 26 Missouri State hitters, which set a new school and Southland Conference record and tied the NCAA all-time record. The Mavericks won the game on a walk-off single up the middle by designated hitter Steffan Guest to break the scoreless affair in the bottom of the 14th inning. Logan Bawcom, who entered the game at first base in the eighth inning, scored the winning run after leading off the 14th with a single up the middle.
"That was the best starting pitching job that I have seen since I have been at UTA," head coach Darin Thomas said of Mitchell's performance. "I have been here 10 years and have seen a lot of games. I don't know how you can do much better than taking a no-hitter into the ninth and strikeout 18. He was outstanding."
The Mavericks' pitching duo of Mitchell and Boydston combined threw 14 innings, allowed only two base hits and two walks while striking out 26 hitters.
Mitchell struck out at least two hitters in every inning he pitched except for the eighth frame, and he struck out the first two batters of the ninth inning before Missouri State lead-off hitter Travis McComack hit a full-count single up the middle to break up the no-hit bid.
Mitchell is the first Maverick in the history of the program to carry a no-hitter 8.2 innings. There have been five no-hitters in UTA history, but all have come in seven-inning games. The last Maverick no-hitter came in 1983 (Duane Mitchell at Baylor).
"I was definitely locked in and had everything working," Mitchell said.
"Between innings I would just sit there and watch our guys hit, but it was definitely running through my mind," Mitchell said about the possible no-hitter. "I have had good outings before in my career but this was by far my best."
Boydston's eight strikeouts are a career-high and he also allowed just one hit and one walk in five-innings of work to help the Mavs to their first win of the season.
"You can't dismiss what Adam did either, that is a tough situation to come into," Thomas said.
Guest (2-for-7) and catcher Chad Comer (2-for-6) were the only players with a multi-hit game while junior Michael Choice's 15-game hitting streak was snapped as he went 0-for-3 with four walks (one intentional).
"I came up my previous at-bat and had a runner in scoring position and didn't get the job done," Guest said of his pop out to second base in the bottom of the ninth. "I just waited on my pitch in that final at-bat and drove it up the middle. You have to have a short memory in this game. It felt great to get that hit."
The Mavericks and Bears continue their weekend series with a 2 p.m. first pitch on Saturday, Feb. 27, at Clay Gould Ballpark.
Jason Mitchell broke the UT Arlington and Southland Conference record for strikeouts in a game with 18... he broke the school record of 16 strikeouts that was set by Roger Lancaster against UTSA in Arlington on April 27, 1997... the previous conference record for strikeouts in a game was 17 set by Lamar's Clay Hensley against the Mavericks in 2002...last season Nathan Long struck out 15 batters in a road game at Nicholls.
The Mavericks' 26 strikeouts ties the NCAA all-time record that has only happened twice. The most recent was by Murray State vs. Austin Peay (15 inn.) on April 12, 1987, and the first time was by Miami (OH) vs. Wright State on April 30, 1971.
The previous Southland record for strikeouts for a pitching staff was set just last season by Central Arkansas with 22 against Sam Houston State.
Mitchell (Inning-by-Inning Strikeout tracker):
Mitchell's career-high for strikeouts in a game entering today was six against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (5/3/09)... Mitchell struck out 42 batters in 2009 and already has 22 strikeouts in 13 innings this season (15.23 K/9 innings).
It is the Mavericks first shutout at home since April 5, 2009 (vs. Southeastern Louisiana - 9-0)... It was the first 1-0 shutout for the Mavericks since defeating Arkansas-Little Rock 1-0 on Opening Day in 2008 (2/2/08).