March 3, 2010
ARLINGTON, Texas - The national spotlight has been placed on UT Arlington's Jason Mitchell following his record-breaking 18 strikeout performance against Missouri State last Friday night in the Mavericks' 1-0 victory in 14 innings.
In a 48-hour period, Mitchell was named the National Pitcher of the Week by The Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and by CollegeBaseballInsider.com.
"It was a really exciting night for me," Mitchell said. "Definitely the best game I have ever pitched. Looking back it doesn't even seem very clear just because I was so locked in at that time."
Mitchell was also named the Southland Conference Pitcher of the Week and named to College Baseball 360's "Primetime Performer" Weekly Honor Roll.
In addition, Mitchell and relief pitcher Adam Boydston combined to strikeout 26 Missouri State batters, which tied the NCAA all-time record for strikeouts by a pitching staff in a game. The College Baseball Hall of Fame made a request for both Mitchell and Boydston's game worn hats to be placed in their exhibit.
"It has been great to be recognized nationally," Mitchell said. "It's neat to see people around the country see what I did and respect that."
Last season UT Arlington's Andrew Kainer broke the Southland Conference hitting streak record (36 games), which prompted the College Baseball Hall of Fame to make a request for the bat Kainer used during his streak.
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