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UT ARLINGTON WELCOMES LOUISIANA TECH FOR MID-WEEK CONTEST

Head coach Darin Thomas and the Mavs host Louisiana Tech on Wednesday before traveling to Nicholls this weekend
 
Head coach Darin Thomas and the Mavs host Louisiana Tech on Wednesday before traveling to Nicholls this weekend
 

March 25, 2009

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ARLINGTON, Texas -
FIRST PITCH
The Mavericks return home on Wednesday for their second mid-week game this week against Louisiana Tech. UT Arlington had its six-game win streak snapped in College Station on Tuesday night with an 11-8 loss against No. 11 Texas A&M. Louisiana Tech was scheduled to play Grambling on Tuesday but was rained out.

INSIDE THE SERIES
UT Arlington leads the all-time series against Louisiana Tech, 46-41, with the 88th meeting coming on Wednesday. The Mavs are 28-19 against the Bulldogs in Arlington, despite Louisiana Tech winning eight of the last 10 meetings in Arlington. Last season Louisiana Tech swept a doubleheader from the Mavericks (4-8, 1-8) in Ruston.

First Pitch: Tuesday: 6:30 p.m.
Series History: UTA leads, 46-41
Last Meeting: La. Tech swept UTA (8-4, 8-1) in Ruston (2/26/08)

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: 12-11
Conference Record: 5-4
Last 5/Last 10: 4-1/7-3
Streak: Lost 1
Rankings: BA: NR/CB: NR/NCBWA: NR/ESPN: NR
Website: www.utamavs.com
Head Coach: Darin Thomas
Career Record: 38-42 (2nd Year)
Record at UTA: 38-42 (2nd Year)

LOUISIANA TECH BULLDOGS
Overall Record: 12-6
Conference Record: 0-0
Last 5/Last 10: 4-1/7-3
Streak: Lost 1
Rankings: NCBWA: NR/ESPN: NR/BA: NR/CB: #NR
Website: www.latechsports.com
Head Coach: Wade Simoneaux
Career Record: 146-191-1 (7 Years)
Record at La. Tech: 146-191-1 (7 Years)

PROBABLE STARTERS

UT ARLINGTON
DayPitcher Cl. W-L ERA K/BB
Wed. Matt Otteman (RHP) Sr. 0-1 2.45 9/2

LOUISIANA TECH
DayPitcher Cl. W-L ERA K/BB
Wed. Jamey Bradshaw (LHP) Jr. 0-0 6.59 11/9

UTA LOOKS TO BOUNCE BACK AGAINST LA TECH
- UT Arlington will look to get back into the win column on Wednesday when it hosts Louisiana Tech for a 6:30 p.m. first pitch at Clay Gould Ballpark. It will be the Mavericks last game at home until Apr. 3-5, when Southeastern Louisiana travels to Arlington for a three-game Southland Conference series. Wednesday will also mark the Mavs' 10th game in 12 days.

1,099 WINS AND COUNTING...
- UT Arlington is one win shy of recording its 1,100th victory. In its 41st season of baseball, UTA currently has a 1,099-1,059-1 all-time record, averaging 27 wins per season since the program started in 1969.

UPSET MINDED MAVS FALL SHORT AT NO. 11 A&M
- The Mavericks fell just short of knocking off No. 11 Texas A&M in College Station on Tuesday night. The Mavericks held leads in the first, fourth and fifth innings and tied the game at 8-8 in the top of the eighth inning just before Texas A&M scored three of its own runs in the bottom of the eighth to secure the win.

OTTEMAN IMPROVES HIT STREAK TO 23 GAMES
- With nearly 100 at-bats under his belt this season, senior Matt Otteman now has a 23-game hit streak, tallying at least one hit in every game this season. Otteman continued his tear at the plate on Tuesday against the No. 11 Texas A&M Aggies going 3-for-5 with a double, home run and posting three RBI. His two-run shot to right field on Tuesday gave Otteman his team-leading fourth home run of the season. Otteman also has a streak of 11 straight games recording at least one RBI. Otteman leads the Mavericks in batting average (.464), hits (45), triples (3), home runs (4), RBI (30), total bases (72) and slugging percentage (.742). Otteman's seven total bases on Tuesday also marked the most by any UTA player this season. 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.

FIRST TIME SINCE 1996...
- The Mavericks shutout Northwestern State in games one and three of their three-game series, marking the first time since 1996 that UTA has shutout a conference opponent twice in a home series. In 1996, UTA tallied three shutouts at home against Sam Houston State (9-0, 7-0, 9-0). The last time the Mavs had two shutouts in a conference series came on the road in 2006 against Stephen F. Austin (Game 1: 6-0; Game 2: 2-0).

SWEEPING THE DEMONS
- UT Arlington notched its fourth all-time sweep over the Northwestern State Demons and its first since taking all three games in 2006 in Arlington. UTA also swept Northwestern State in 1989, 1992 and 2006.

FASTEST TO 12 WINS SINCE 2004
- UT Arlington has won 12 games (22 games) faster than any Maverick team since 2004 when the Mavericks started the season with a 12-8 record during their first 20 games of the season.

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.

SAUTER NAMED SLC PITCHER OF THE WEEK
- Andy Sauter was named the Southland Conference Pitcher of the Week on Monday, March 23. Sauter received pitcher of the week honors after tossing his first career complete-game shutout, limiting Northwestern State to three base hits in the 1 hour, 55 minute game. The Demons had six base runners during the contest, none of which advanced past first base. Sauter struck out six batters and walked one in the victory.

CHOICE TURNS IT ON AGAINST BIG 12 OPPONENTS
- After going 2-for-3 with a double and RBI against No. 11 Texas A&M on Tuesday and a 2-for-5 performance with a double, home run and three RBI against No. 4 Texas, Michael Choice is now batting .471 (16-for-34) with five doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI against Big 12 opponents in eight games during his brief career. He is now 6-for-7 in two career games against Texas A&M. In his first game against Texas A&M last season (May 13), Choice went 4-for-4 with two runs scored, a double, a three-run home run and tied a career-high with five RBI.

OTTEMAN ALSO PRODUCING ON THE MOUND
- Wednesday starting pitcher Matt Otteman entered this week leading the Mavs 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 three appearances out of the bullpen but has collected nine strikeouts in 3.2 innings pitched. Only two of the 11 outs the Mavs have recorded with Otteman on the mound have been anything but a strikeout.

TOUGH AT THE PLATE WITH 2 OUTS
- UTA collected seven of its eight runs against No. 11 Texas A&M with two outs on Tuesday, March 24. Through 24 games, UT Arlington has 135 RBI - with 70 RBI coming with two outs. Matt Otteman leads the team with 16 two-out RBI, with Michael Choice close behind with 10. With two outs, Otteman is batting .485 (16-for-33) and Choice is hitting .342 (13-for-38) with two outs. Overall, the Mavericks are batting .339 with runners in scoring position and hitting .337 with two outs.

WHAT A HOME STAND
- UTA completed its eight-game home stand with a 7-1 record. The Mavericks won a pair of games from UTSA, swept a two-game series from No. 25 Minnesota and swept an SLC series from Northwestern State. During the home stand, UTA posted a .332 batting average, a 1.77 team ERA and a .983 fielding percentage. The Mavs out scored their opponents 53-17 and the UTA catchers threw out nine of 12 would-be base stealers, including Chad Comer who threw out eight of 11.

DOMINATING THE DEMONS
- UTA swept the Northwestern State Demons in dominating fashion recording two shutouts, a .389 team batting average, a 0.72 team ERA and a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. Six Mavericks hit above .400, with senior Evan Raley leading the pack with a .556 (5-for-9) average with five RBI.

GOING UP AGAINST THE BEST
- The Mavericks are now 2-3 against nationally-ranked teams this season. They fell at then-No. 4 Texas 3-2 (10 inn.) on Feb. 24, dropped an 11-3 contest at home against Metroplex rival, then-No. 11 TCU and recently swept a mid-week series from then-No. 25 Minnesota. The Mavs most recently lost an 11-8 decision at No. 11 Texas A&M in College Station. Not included in the Mavs' tally against nationally-ranked teams this season is a 3-2 loss against Illinois, who is ranked No. 25 this week by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. Illinois defeated UTA in the Mavericks' eighth game of the season in Edinburg, Texas.

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.

IMPRESSIVE NUMBERS AGAINST MINNESOTA
- 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 5-5 AGAINST RANKED TEAMS
- UT Arlington head coach Darin Thomas is now 5-5 as head coach of the Mavericks against nationally-ranked opponents. The Mavs lost at No. 11 Texas A&M (11-8)and his two wins over No. 25 Minnesota gives him his first two of the season. Earlier this season the Mavs dropped 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).

VARNER HOLDING DOWN RIGHT-HANDED BATTERS
- UT Arlington right-handed pitcher Rett Varner has been solid against right-handed batters this season allowing a .218 opponent batting average. Opposing right-handed hitters have hit a miniscule 17-for-78 against Varner in five appearances.

FIVE IS ALL YOU GET
- The UT Arlington pitching staff has tallied a 4.13 ERA this season. The Mavs have been in good shape when holding their opponents to five runs or less with a 12-3 record. When opposing teams score six runs or more UT Arlington is 0-8 this season.

WELCOME TO CLAY GOULD BALLPARK!
- The Mavs have dominated their opponents at home this season, as UTA has posted a 10-3 record with a .346 batting average and 2.48 ERA. UTA has out hit its opponents 158-102 and has 41 extra-base hits while opposing teams have 20. The UTA pitching staff has enjoyed success at home allowing opponents to hit just .238. Two of the Mavs top pitchers at home have been Rett Varner (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 18.0 IP) and Adam Boydston (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 saves, 6.1 IP).

NO CLOSE CALLS HERE
- In 12 wins this season, UTA has dismantled its opponents with a .355 batting average compared to its opponents .223 average, and the Mavs' 1.35 ERA is significantly lower than a 7.36 ERA that opposing teams have recorded. The Maverick hitters have tallied 39 extra-base hits compared to opponents 12.

CHOICE VS. NATIONALLY-RANKED OPPONENTS
- Michael Choice is now batting .524 (11-for-21) against nationally-ranked teams this season. He continued his success against the top-25 going 2-for-3 with a double and RBI against No. 11 Texas A&M before going 3-for-5 with a run 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.

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.

OTTEMAN & CHOICE RANK AMONG THE ELITE
- UT Arlington clean-up hitter Matt Otteman leads the Southland Conference with 45 base hits and just behind Otteman in fifth place is three-hole hitter Michael Choice (36 hits).

OTTEMAN HIGH IN THE SLC RANKINGS
- Matt Otteman currently ranks in the Southland Conference top 10 in eight statistical categories, including 1st in batting average (.464), 1st in hits (45), 1st in total bases (72), 3rd in RBI (30), 3rd in slugging percentage (.742), tied for 4th in at-bats (97), tied for 4th in triples (3), tied for 6th in doubles (9),

LONG & SAUTER 1/2 IN THE SLC IN STRIKEOUTS
- Nathan Long currently leads the Southland Conference with 35 strikeouts and teammate Andy Sauter is second in the conference with 34 strikeouts.

THE STORY IS IN THE HITS COLUMN
- The Mavericks are 9-2 this season when out hitting their opponents. UTA is 2-8 when its opponent records more base hits. In addition, the Mavs are 1-1 when they have the same amount of hits as their opponent.

DELIVERING IN A PINCH
- In pinch-hitting situations, UT Arlington is batting .280 ( 7-for-25). Freshman Eric Wright leads the Mavericks going 3-for-6 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 10-0 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.

JUST ABOUT MADE IT 22
- UT Arlington was one out away from recording its 22nd victory over a top 10-nationally ranked opponent when it fell 4-3 against Texas on Tuesday, Feb. 24. Out of the Mavs 21 victories against top 10 teams, eight have come against the Longhorns. (see page 7 for a detailed listing of all victories over top 10 opponents).

CHOICE NAMED SLC HITTER OF THE WEEK
- Mavericks center fielder Michael Choice was named the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week after the first week of the season on Feb. 24. Choice started the season batting .529 (9-for-17) with a double, triple, home run and nine RBI to help the Mavs go 3-1. Choice went 1-for-3 on Opening Day with a three-run home run that helped the Mavs rally to a 5-4 victory over Arkansas State. In the final game of the week, Choice led all players going 4-for-5 with four RBI against Siena.

CHOICE NAMED TO SLC PRESEASON LISTS
- Sophomore center fielder Michael Choice has been named a Southland Conference preseason first team All-Conference selection by league head coaches and SIDs. Choice was one of 12 first team selections that the Southland Conference announced when releasing its preseason first and second team lists. Choice was the only sophomore named to the first team. Choice was then named to the Baseball America and Rivals.com preseason All-Conference team, as both publications previewed the Southland Conference.

CHOICE NAMED TO WALLACE WATCH LIST
- After being named to five Freshman All-American lists in 2008, sophomore center fielder Michael Choice was named to the 2009 Preseason Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Watch List. The Wallace Award is presented annually to the nation's top collegiate baseball player.

THOMAS SEARCHING FOR WIN NO. 50
- After becoming the sixth head coach in Mavericks history prior to the start of the 2008 season, Darin Thomas followed with a 26-win season in his first campaign. Thomas will try to become the third head coach in UT Arlington history to collect win No. 50 in his second season at the helm. In fact, Thomas' 26 wins rank second all-time in school history for most wins in a first season as head coach.

The following is a list of UT Arlington head coaches and how long it took for them to reach win No. 50 and their overall record when reaching the milestone.

Head Coach Games Record at 50 wins
Jeff Curtis 94 50-44 (2nd season)
Clay Gould 94 50-44 (2nd season)
Fred Matthews 96 50-46 (3rd season)
Butch McBroom 107 50-57 (3rd season)
* Tom Beasley (16-34 record in two season as head coach)

TWENTY-ONE SENIORS BACK FOR 2009
- The UT Arlington baseball program not only returns 27 lettermen, they also have 21 seniors back for 2009. The Mavs have five players that are three-year lettermen and 22 players that joined the program last season. Of all the Mavericks opponents in 2009, only McNeese State has more than 23 returning lettermen, and just five opponents have at least 20 returning players.

SUCCESS IN THE CLASSROOM
- Doubling the Mavs win total in his first season as head coach was not the only accomplishment Darin Thomas provided the UTA baseball program in his first season. Thomas helped guide the Mavericks to two semesters of a team cumulative grade point average over a 3.0. A total of 20 baseball student-athletes received recognition on the UTA Athletic Director's Honor Roll and 18 were named to the Capital One/Southland Conference Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll. The start of the 2008-09 school year was equally successful as 22 baseball student-athletes were named to the UTA Academic Honor Roll and the Mavericks as a team registered a 3.183 team grade point average.

VICTORIES OVER TOP 10 OPPONENTS
- UT Arlington has posted 21 victories over teams that have been ranked in the top 10 in the nation at the time of the contest. The Mavs added to their total with a 16-8 victory over then-No. 7 Texas A&M in 2008 at Clay Gould Ballpark (May 13).

05/13/08 vs. #7 Texas A&M 16-8
04/11/06 @ #6 Texas 6-3
03/08/05 @ #9 Texas A&M 6-4
02/15/05 @ #8 Baylor 9-6
01/26/01 @ #6 Arizona State 5-3
02/19/94 vs. #6 Oklahoma State 6-4
04/06/93 vs. #2 Texas A&M 8-6
03/10/93 vs. #8 Oklahoma State 26-13
03/28/92 @ #5 Texas 5-4
02/21/89 @ #7 Texas 2-0
03/05/88 vs. #10 Oklahoma 5-4
03/06/88 vs. #10 Oklahoma 11-10
02/16/85 @ #3 Texas 14-13
02/17/85 @ #3 Texas 7-1
02/19/83 @ #1 Texas 10-6
02/20/83 @ #1 Texas 8-5
03/20/81 @ #5 Texas 6-1
02/27/76 vs. #7 Oral Roberts 6-4
02/27/76 vs. #7 Oral Roberts 5-3
02/28/76 vs. #7 Oral Roberts 9-1
02/20/76 @ #10 TCU 3-0

UTA SIGNS EIGHT PROSPECTS FOR 2010
- Head coach Darin Thomas announced that eight student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent and will play baseball for the Mavericks beginning in the 2010 season. The signing class includes five high school prospects and three junior-college student-athletes.

 

 

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