Mavericks host Golden Eagles Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
April 6, 2010
Oral Roberts Game Notes
ARLINGTON, Texas -
UT Arlington welcomes Oral Roberts to Clay Gould Ballpark for a 6:30 p.m. first pitch on Tuesday, April 6. UTA has won three of its last five, seven of its last 10 and nine of its last 13 games. The Mavs have also won five of their last six at Clay Gould Ballpark. UT Arlington won its fifth weekend series after taking two out of three against Nicholls in Arlington last weekend. Following Tuesday, UTA will play eight of its next nine games away from Clay Gould Ballpark. ORU enters Tuesday 2-10 on the road.
INSIDE THE SERIES
UT Arlington and Oral Roberts meet for the 57th time Tuesday with ORU holding a 37-19 lead in the all-time series. The Golden Eagles hold a 21-17 advantage in games played in Arlington against the Mavericks. ORU has won four straight and 18 of the last 22 overall meetings. UT Arlington's last win in the series was a 7-5 victory in Arlington on Feb. 17, 2006. The most recent meeting in Arlington was a 10-1 victory by ORU on March 8, 2008. Head coach Darin Thomas is 0-2 against ORU.
First Pitch: Tues: 6:30 p.m.
All-Time Series ORU leads, 37-19
Last Meeting ORU defeated UTA, 9-7 (10)
Tulsa, Okla. (4/7/09)
Stadium Clay Gould Ballpark (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: 14-14
Conference Record: 7-5
Home Record: 10-8
Away Record: 4-6
Neutral Record: 0-0
Last 5/Last 10: 3-2/7-3
Streak: Lost 1
Rankings: BA: NR/CB: NR/NCBWA: NR/ESPN: NR
Head Coach: Darin Thomas
Career Record: 70-71 (3rd year)
Record at UTA: 70-71 (3rd year)
ORAL ROBERTS GOLDEN EAGLES
Overall Record: 11-13
Conference Record: 0-0
Home Record: 9-2
Away Record: 2-11
Neutral Record: 0-0
Last 5/Last 10: 2-3/6-4
Streak: Lost 3
Rankings: BA: NR/CB: NR/NCBWA: NR/ESPN: NR
Head Coach: Rob Walton
Career Record: 265-110 (7th year)
Record at School: 265-110 (7th year)
Day Pitcher Cl. W-L ERA K/BB
Tues. Brody Walker (LHP) Fr. 0-1 5.73 8/5
Day Pitcher Cl. W-L ERA K/BB
Tues. Mark Guest (LHP) Jr. 1-1 3.57 29/33
UT ARLINGTON VS. THE SUMMIT CONFERENCE
UT Arlington is 43-41 all-time against teams that are current members of The Summit League. The Mavericks are 19-37 against Oral Roberts and 24-4 against Centenary. The Mavs last meeting against Centenary was in 2004 (W, 8-6). The Mavericks and Golden Eagles have played 12 times since 2000 and met during six of the past 10 years.
TAKING A LOOK BACK
The Mavericks won their fifth weekend series with a 2-1 weekend over Nicholls at Clay Gould Ballpark last Thursday, Friday and Saturday. UT Arlington's pitching staff led the way with back-to-back complete games from Jason Mitchell (9.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K) and Rett Varner (9.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 12 K). Logan Bawcom threw seven solid innings on Saturday (7.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K), but two unearned runs and only five hits out of the Maverick bats led to a 3-1 loss in the series finale. The Mavericks loss in the third game of the series snapped a five-game win streak over the Colonels, as UT Arlington swept Nicholls last season in Thibodaux and took the first two games of last weekend's series.
ON THE HORIZON
The Mavericks leave Thursday morning for a weekend series at Southeastern Louisiana in Hammond, La. The Lions and Mavericks open the series on Friday, April 9, at 6 p.m. Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.) will conclude the series.
THE RACE FOR THE SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP
The Mavs are among six teams that are separated by two games in the Southland standings. Defending regular season champ Texas State (9-3) owns sole possession of first place after taking 2 out of 3 games on the road against Stephen F. Austin (7-4), who is tied with Northwestern State for fourth and fifth place. Southeastern Louisiana (8-4) dropped 2 of 3 at Lamar (4-8) and McNeese State (8-4) picked up ground with a series sweep at Central Arkansas to sit in a tie for second place with Southeastern Louisiana. Sam Houston State (6-6) and Nicholls (5-7) round out the top eight in the league.
Jason Mitchell EARNS THIRD SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE PITCHER OF THE WEEK AWARD
Senior right-handed pitcher Jason Mitchell was named the Southland Conference Pitcher of the Week on April 5, for the third time this season and for the second straight week. Mitchell becomes the first pitcher in the league to win the award in consecutive week in over five years. He was also named conference pitcher of the week on March 29 and March 2.
SEVEN MAVERICKS LAND ON MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL OPENING DAY ROSTERS
UT Arlington is well represented on Major League Baseball's Opening Day on Monday with seven former players on rosters. Four active players, two coaches and a manager represent the Mavericks as Trey Hillman (Kansas City Royals, manager), Dave Owen (Kansas City Royals, third-base coach), Steve Foster (Kansas City Royals, bullpen coach), John Lackey (Boston Red Sox, pitcher), Mark Lowe (Seattle Mariners, pitcher), Hunter Pence (Houston Astros, outfielder) and Adam Moore (Seattle Mariners) will all be with their respective teams for Opening Day.
UTA PITCHING STAFF THROWS STRIKES EARLY AND OFTEN - ISSUES ZERO WALKS IN NICHOLLS SERIES
The UT Arlington pitching staff was dominating in its three-game series against Nicholls allowing only six runs and 16 hits in 27 innings of work. Even more impressive is the fact that the Mavericks pitchers didn't allow a walk in the three-game series. Jason Mitchell (9 K, 0 BB), Rett Varner (12 K, 0 BB), Logan Bawcom (6 K, 0 BB) and Garrett Laird (1 K, 0 BB) were the only pitchers who logged innings as the four arms combined to strikeout 28 Colonel batters. In fact, dating back to the Mavs' midweek game against TCU, UT Arlington has gone 28 consecutive innings without allowing a walk. The previous two weekend series the Mavs' pitching staff allowed six walks in each, which was the previous series low for the UTA staff. Last season the lowest total of walks in a three-game series was three against Southeastern Louisiana (April 3-5).
Jason Mitchell THROWS THIRD STRAIGHT COMPLETE GAME
Senior Jason Mitchell notched his third consecutive complete game with his first career complete-game shutout in a 4-0 victory over Nicholls on Thursday, April 1. Mitchell struck out nine and didn't walk a batter while allowing three base hits. Mitchell also tossed complete games at UTSA (3/19) and Northwestern State (3/26). He becomes the first Maverick to tally three consecutive complete games since Grant Varnell and Jake Baxter both threw three straight in 2005.
MAVS AND COLONELS CAN'T BE ACCUSED OF BURNING ANY DAYLIGHT
Entering the Nicholls series, UT Arlington had played in only two games this season that were played in under two hours and 10 minutes. The Mavs and Colonels played each game last weekend in under two hours and nine minutes. The series opener lasted 2:07, the middle game was the longest game at 2:09 and the series finale went 2:06.
COMER TALLIES LONGEST HITTING STREAK THIS SEASON FOR MAVERICKS - LONGEST ACTIVE STREAK IN SLC
Chad Comer owns a career-high 16-game hit streak where he is batting .333 (20-for-60) with 13 runs, six doubles, one home run, five walks and two hit-by-pitch during his last 16 games played. Most recently, Comer extended his streak going 1-for-4 with a single up the middle in the sixth inning against Nicholls (4/3).
Michael Choice BECOMES 10TH MAVERICK WITH 200 CAREER BASE HITS
Michael Choice became the 10th player in UTA baseball history to record 200 base hits in his career going 3-for-4 on Sunday, March 28. Choice, who now has 205 career hits, joined a list of eight four-year lettermen and one three-year player (Daniel Ortmeier, 2000-2002 - 202 hits) who all tallied at least 200 hits in their careers. Choice accomplished the feat in only 130 games played (1.54 hits/game). Choice recently moved past Ortmeier on the all-time hits list to give him the most hits by any UTA player who played only three years with the Mavericks.
CHOICE MATCHES 2009 HR TOTAL - CHASING ALL-TIME CAREER HR RECORD
In only 25 games, Michael Choice matched his team-leading 11 home run total of the 2009 season. Choice, a USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Watch List member, is averaging a home run every 8.9 at-bats this season. He has left the yard only once to left field hitting six homers to right field, three to center field and one to right-center.
UTA IS ONE OF ONLY SEVEN PROGRAMS IN THE NATION TO LAND THREE PLAYERS ON SELECT WATCH LISTS
The UT Arlington baseball program is one of only seven programs in the nation to land three players on three prestigious national award watch lists. Michael Choice (USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award), Chad Comer (Johnny Bench Award) and Jason Mitchell (National Pitcher of the Year) have all been listed among the nation's elite. The only programs in the country that can lay claim to that is Arkansas, Coastal Carolina, Florida State, LSU, Ohio State, Texas, UC Irvine and UT Arlington.
Jason Mitchell: STRIKEOUT WATCH
Jason Mitchell is on pace to break the UTA all-time single-season strikeout record with 61 strikeouts in nine appearances (7 starts). Mitchell is averaging 10.0 strikeouts per 9 innings. He leads UTA with a 1.96 ERA in 55.0 innings. He has combined on two shutouts and has one complete-game shutout this season. He has pitched three consecutive complete games and has allowed only 42 hits and 23 runs (12 ER). Mitchell has issued only nine walks while opponents are batting .206 against him. Last season Nathan Long broke the UTA single-season strikeout record with 104. In Long's first seven starts last season he had 60 strikeouts. Long finished his senior season leading the Southland in strikeouts and was drafted in the 26th round by the Oakland Athletics.
Michael Choice CLOSES IN ON UTA SINGLE-SEASON INTENTIONAL WALKS RECORD
Michael Choice has recorded six intentional walks this season in 28 games. The UTA single-season record for intentional walks is seven by former Mav and current Seattle Mariners catcher Adam Moore. In 2006, Moore broke the record and received a total of 31 walks.
Michael Choice CONTINUES STREAK: 40 STRAIGHT GAMES REACHING BASE SAFELY
Michael Choice has reached base safely in 40 straight games dating back to last season. The last game Choice did not reach base was last season against Oklahoma State (4/28/09) where he went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly. He finished the 2009 season with a 12-game hit streak and this season has hit safely in 25 of 28 games. In the four games this season Choice hasn't recorded a base hit he has tallied nine walks, and he had four walks against Missouri State (2/26).
BASEBALL AMERICA: Michael Choice NO. 5 OUTFIELD IN 2010 MLB DRAFT - PROJECTED FIRST-ROUND PICK
Recently Baseball America ranked Michael Choice as the No. 5 outfielder in the upcoming 2010 Major League Baseball Draft. Choice, who Baseball America named as a projected first-round pick prior to the season, was named a preseason All-American by five national publications and was named to the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Watch list.
Jason Mitchell NAMED TO NATIONAL PITCHER OF THE YEAR WATCH LIST
The College Baseball Foundation announced its National Pitcher of the Year watch list on Tuesday and UT Arlington's Jason Mitchell was one of 49 pitchers in the country who were named to the list. Mitchell is one of only two pitchers from the Southland Conference to join the nation's elite (Josh Janway, Southeastern Louisiana).
Chad Comer NAMED TO JOHNNY BENCH AWARD WATCH LIST
Junior catcher Chad Comer has been named to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List, which was announced Monday, March 1, by the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission. The award, which is given annually to the top collegiate catcher, will be narrowed down to 10 semifinalists on May 19. Finalists for the award will be announced June 2.