March 20, 2009
Northwestern State Game Notes
ARLINGTON, Texas -
UT Arlington concludes its home stand hosting Northwestern State for a three-game Southland Conference series this weekend at Clay Gould Ballpark in Arlington. The Mavericks swept a two-game series during the midweek from No. 25 Minnesota while Northwestern State dropped a 2-1 contest against No. 5 LSU in Baton Rouge on Tuesday night.
INSIDE THE SERIES
Northwestern State leads the all-time series 38-35 over UT Arlington, and also holds an 18-16 advantage in games played in Arlington. NWLA has won four of the last five meetings, despite the Mavericks winning six straight before the Demons most recent streak. Since 2000, the Demons have won six of the last nine series.
First Pitch: Friday: 6:30 p.m., Saturday: 2:00 p.m., Sunday: 1:00 p.m.
Series History: Northwestern State leads, 38-35
Last Meeting: UTA defeated NWLA, 18-3 in Natchitoches (4/26/08)
Stadium: Clay Gould Ballpark (Capacity: 1,600)
Dimensions: 330 (LF), 400 (CF), 330 (RF)
Live Stats: (GameTracker): www.utamavs.com
Press Box : (817) 462-4225
UT ARLINGTON MAVERICKS
Overall Record: 9-10
Conference Record: 2-4
Last 5/Last 10: 4-1/5-5
Streak: Won 3
Rankings: BA: NR/CB: NR/NCBWA: NR/ESPN: NR
Head Coach: Darin Thomas
Career Record: 35-41 (2nd Year)
Record at UTA: 35-41 (2nd Year)
NORTHWESTERN STATE DEMONS
Overall Record: 10-6
Conference Record: 4-1
Last 5/Last 10: 3-2/7-3
Streak: Lost 1
Rankings: BA: NR/CB: NR/NCBWA: NR/ESPN: NR
Head Coach: J.P. Davis
Career Record: 38-34 (2 Years)
Record at NWLA: 38-34 (2 Years)
FRIDAY, MARCH 20
Andy Sauter (RHP) 1-1 3.76 28/9
Jimmy Heard (RHP) 3-0 2.39 25/5
SATURDAY, MARCH 21
PitcherW-L ERA K/BB
Nathan Long (RHP) 1-1 3.00 25/9
Clayton Cooper (RHP) 0-2 14.18 11/4
SUNDAY, MARCH 22
PitcherW-L ERA K/BB
Rett Varner (RHP) 1-1 2.86 8/9
Kyle Broughton (RHP) 2-0 5.06 18/7
MAVS WELCOME DEMONS TO CLOSE HOME STAND
- UT Arlington is riding its longest win streak of the season (three games) and has won four of its last five games, including two wins against defending Southland Conference champ UTSA and a pair of wins against No. 25 Minnesota. UTA has taken advantage of playing at home this season going 8-3, including one win on a neutral field (6-2 over Minnesota) at QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie. UT Arlington's eight-game home stand - its longest of the season - concludes this weekend following its series against Northwestern State.
FIRST TIME IN OVER 25 YEARS...
- The Mavericks swept No. 25 Minnesota with a 6-2 win on Tuesday and a 12-5 win on Wednesday, marking the first time UT Arlington has swept a top 25 opponent in a series in over 25 years.
GOING UP AGAINST THE BEST
- The Mavericks' two wins against No. 25 Minnesota improves their record to 2-2 against nationally-ranked opponents this season. They fell at then-No. 4 Texas 3-2 (10 inn.) on Feb. 24 and dropped an 11-3 contest at home against Metroplex rival, then-No. 11 TCU. Not included in the Mavs' tally against nationally-ranked teams this season is a 3-2 loss against Illinois, who is ranked No. 19 this week by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. Illinois defeated UTA in the Mavericks' eighth game of the season in Edinburg, Texas.
OTTEMAN'S HIT STREAK REACHES 19 GAMES
- Senior Matt Otteman continued his hit streak to 19 games following the Mavs' series against the Golden Gophers going 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI on Tuesday and notching one hit in five at-bats on Wednesday. Otteman's streak continued with an eighth-inning single to right field as Minnesota's Justin Gominsky made a sliding attempt but came up short. Otteman is now leading the Mavericks batting .456 (36-for-79) with 13 extra-base hits and 24 RBI. The all-time hit-streak record at UT Arlington belongs to former Maverick player and head coach Clay Gould, who had a 26 game hit streak in 1993.
HITS, HITS, HITS... AND MORE HITS
- The Mavericks offense broke out in a big way against Minnesota on Wednesday posting a season-high 20 hits and six doubles. The Mavericks' .488 (20-for-41) batting average in the game also marked a season-high. Every starting position player tallied at least one hit, with seven Mavs collecting a multi-hit game.
OFFENSIVE NUMBERS IMPRESSIVE AGAINST MINNESOTA
- UTA had eight hitters bat over .400 against Minnesota with a team batting average at .386. Shortstop Tim Steggall batted .444 and third baseman Evan Raley finished the series going 4-for-5 to lead the Mavericks on Wednesday night.
MORE MINNESOTA NUMBERS
- It comes as no surprise to see the Mavericks claimed two wins against No. 25 Minnesota when looking at vital statistics throughout the two-game series. The Mavericks batted .405 (17-for-42) with runners on base, tallied a .600 (3-for-5) mark with the bases loaded and had 8-of-16 (.500) batters reach base to lead off innings. UTA also posted a .481 (13-for-27) batting average with runners in scoring position and tallied a .478 (11-for-23) average with two outs.
THOMAS MOVES TO 5-4 AGAINST RANKED TEAMS
- UT Arlington head coach Darin Thomas is now 5-4 as head coach of the Mavericks against nationally-ranked opponents. The Mavs two wins over No. 25 Minnesota gives Thomas his first two of the season, after dropping a 10-inning, 5-4 heart-breaking loss at No. 4 Texas and an 11-3 contest at home against No. 11 TCU. Thomas posted a winning mark (3-2) against top-25 teams last season, with wins over No. 14 Oklahoma State (7-3), No. 20 Texas (4-3) and No. 7 Texas A&M (16-8).
1,096 WINS AND COUNTING...
- UT Arlington is four wins shy of recording its 1,100th victory. In its 41st season of baseball, UTA currently has a 1,096-1,058-1 all-time record, averaging 27 wins per season since the program started in 1969.
VARNER HOLDING DOWN RIGHT-HANDED BATTERS
- The UT Arlington Sunday starting pitcher Rett Varner has been solid against right-handed batters this season allowing a .194 opponent batting average. Opposing right-handed hitters have hit a miniscule 13-for-67 against Varner in four appearances.
FIVE IS ALL YOU GET
- The UT Arlington pitching staff has tallied a 4.29 ERA this season. The Mavs have been in good shape when holding their opponents to five runs or less with a 9-3 record. When opposing teams score six runs or more UT Arlington is 0-7 this season.
WELCOME TO CLAY GOULD BALLPARK!
- The Mavericks have dominated their opponents in Arlington this season, as UTA has posted a 7-3 record with a .334 batting average and 2.97 ERA. UTA has out hit its opponents 121-77 and has 32 extra-base hits while opposing teams have just 16 against them at Clay Gould Ballpark. The UTA pitching staff has enjoyed success at home allowing opponents to hit just .231. Two of the Mavs top pitchers at home have been Rett Varner (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 13.0 IP) and Adam Boydston (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 save, 6.0 IP). UTA's pitching staff has allowed 77 base hits in 91.0 innings.
NO CLOSE CALLS HERE
- In nine wins this season, UTA has dismantled its opponents with a .345 batting average compared to its opponents .210 average, and the Mavs' 1.54 ERA is significantly lower than a 6.87 ERA that opposing teams have recorded. The UTA pitching staff has yet to allow a home run in a victory this season while the Maverick hitters have tallied 30 extra-base hits compared to opponents eight (7 doubles, 1 triple).
READY TO SHINE WHEN THE LIGHTS COME ON
- One of the Mavericks top performers in night games this season has been senior first baseman Ryan Davis. In 10 games and 22 at-bats in night games, Davis is batting .364 (8-for-22) and is second on the team with eight RBI. Davis' .462 on-base percentage also ranks second on the team in night games this season.
CHOICE VS. NATIONALLY-RANKED OPPONENTS
- Michael Choice is now batting .500 (9-for-18) against nationally-ranked opponents this season. He continued his success against top-25 teams going 3-for-5 with a run scored and RBI in the series finale against No. 25 Minnesota on March 18. Choice also went 4-for-5 against No. 11 TCU on March 3 and went 2-for-5 against No. 4 Texas on Feb. 24 with three RBI, a game-tying double and go-ahead solo home run in the top of the 10th inning.
OTTEMAN ALSO PRODUCING ON THE MOUND
- Senior Matt Otteman enters this weekend leading the Mavericks in several offensive statistical categories. Otteman is not just a threat at the plate, he is also one of the Mavs' top options on the mound. This season, Otteman has only two appearances out of the bullpen but has collected seven strikeouts in 2.2 innings pitched. In his UTA career, Otteman has played in 111 games as a position player and he has made 17 appearances with 58 innings pitched on the mound. Otteman is a .315 career hitter and has thrown 58 innings pitched with a 5.59 ERA.
MAVERICKS WIN SERIES OVER ROADRUNNERS
- The UT Arlington baseball team won games one and three of its three-game conference series against defending Southland Conference regular season champion UTSA. The wins are the first for the Mavericks during conference play this season.
SERIES VICTORY ENDS ROADRUNNERS' STREAK
- UT Arlington's two victories over UTSA snapped a four series losing streak against the Roadrunners. The Mavericks won game one (5-3) and game three (3-2, 10 inn.) to secure their first series victory over UTSA since sweeping the Roadrunners in Arlington in 2004.
MITCHELL, PITCHING STAFF DELIVER
- The UT Arlington pitching staff posted a 1.61 ERA in the three game series against UTSA. Jason Mitchell came out of the bullpen during both victories, earning the save in game one and the win in game three. Andy Sauter won the first game of the series allowing three runs and scattering eight hits in eight innings of work with nine strikeouts - marking the most by any Maverick this season.
LOOKING DOWN THE ROAD...
- When the Mavericks travel to Conway, Ark., for a three-game series against Central Arkansas (Apr. 17-19) they will play at 7 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. Friday's original game time was set for 6 p.m., but was recently changed to a 7 p.m. first pitch.
OTTEMAN & CHOICE RANK AMONG THE ELITE
- UT Arlington clean-up hitter Matt Otteman ranks second in the Southland Conference with 36 base hits and just behind Otteman in sixth place is three-hole hitter Michael Choice (30 hits).
OTTEMAN HIGH IN THE SLC RANKINGS
- Matt Otteman currently ranks in the Southland Conference top 10 in eight statistical categories, including tied for 1st in total bases (56), 2nd in hits (36), 3rd in batting average (.456), tied for 3rd in doubles (8), tied for 4th in triples (3), tied for 4th in at-bats (79), 5th in RBI (24) and 6th in slugging percentage (.709),
THE STORY IS IN THE HITS COLUMN
- The Mavericks are 7-1 this season when out hitting their opponents, with their only loss coming against Illinois when the Mavericks posted seven hits and the Fighting Illini tallied five. UTA is 1-8 when its opponent records more base hits, with the only victory coming when the Mavericks defeated UT Pan American 4-0. The Mavs had six hits and UTPA had seven. In addition, the Mavs are 1-1 when they have the same amount of hits as their opponent.
TOUGH AT THE PLATE WITH 2 OUTS
- Through 19 games, UT Arlington has 103 RBI - with 50 RBI coming with two outs. Matt Otteman leads the team with 12 two-out RBI, with Michael Choice close behind with 10. With two outs, Otteman is batting .429 (12-for-28) and Choice is close behind with a .371 (13-for-35) mark. Overall, the Mavericks are batting .322 with runners in scoring position and hitting .321 with two outs.
DELIVERING IN A PINCH
- In pinch-hitting situations, UT Arlington is batting .333 ( 7-for-21). Freshman Eric Wright leads the Mavericks going 3-for-5 in pinch-hitting situations. Wright hit his first career home run with a solo shot to left in the ninth inning on the road against Louisiana-Monroe. Wright now has two extra-base hits and three RBI pinch hitting this season.
HOLDING - TRAILING AFTER 7 INNINGS OF PLAY
- The 7th inning has been the deciding factor for UTA this season with a 8-0 record when leading after seven innings and a 0-10 record when trailing after seven innings. The Mavericks have won one game when the score was tied after seven innings.