April 7, 2009
Oral Roberts Game Notes
ARLINGTON, Texas -
UT Arlington is coming off a 9-0 shutout win in its final game of a three-game series against Southeastern Louisiana. The Mavericks were on the wrong end of a 1-0 shutout on Saturday and avoided the sweep with a shutout of their own on Sunday. Oral Roberts had its four-game win streak snapped on Monday with a 5-4 loss at Dallas Baptist.
INSIDE THE SERIES
Tuesday marks the 56th all-time meeting between UT Arlington and Oral Roberts. The Golden Eagles hold a 13-1 advantage in Tulsa, with the Mavericks' only road win against ORU on April 14, 1979 (3-2). The Mavs last win over ORU was in 2006 (7-5) as ORU has won 15 of the last 18 matchups. ORU defeated UTA 10-1 last season in Arlington.
UT ARLINGTON MAVERICKS
Overall Record: 16-14
Conference Record: 9-6
Last 5/Last 10: 2-3/6-4
Streak: Won 1
Rankings: BA: NR/CB: NR/NCBWA: NR/ESPN: NR
Head Coach: Darin Thomas
Career Record: 42-45 (2nd Year)
Record at UTA: 42-45 (2nd Year)
ORAL ROBERTS GOLDEN EAGLES
Overall Record: 12-9
Conference Record: 4-0
Last 5/Last 10: 4-1/5-5
Streak: Lost 1
Rankings: BA: NR/CB: NR/NCBWA: NR/ESPN: NR
Head Coach: Rob Walton
Career Record: 233-91 (6 Years)
Record at ORU: 233-91 (6 Years)
First Pitch: Tuesday: 6:30 p.m.
Series History: Oral Roberts leads, 36-19
Last Meeting: ORU defeated UTA, 10-1 in Arlington (3/8/08)
Stadium: J.L. Johnson Stadium (Capacity: 2,418)
Dimensions: 330 (LF), 400 (CF), 330 (RF)
Live Stats: (GameTracker): www.utamavs.com
Press Box : (918) 495-7165
Day Pitcher Cl. W-L ERA K/BB
Tues. Rett Varner (RHP) So. 2-1 3.30 13/10
Day Pitcher Cl. W-L ERA K/BB
Tues. TBA N/A N/A N/A N/A
MAVS LOOK FOR FIRST WIN IN TULSA SINCE 1979
- The Mavericks will try for their first victory over Oral Roberts in Tulsa since 1979 on Tuesday in a mid-week contest at J.L. Stadium. UT Arlington is 0-4 in mid-week road games this season, dropping games at No. 4 Texas (4-3, 10 inn.), Louisiana Monroe (15-9), No. 11 Texas A&M (11-8) and No. 22 TCU (2-1).
UTA ADDS GAME AGAINST NORTHWOOD
- Due to a rainout on March 25 against Louisiana Tech, UT Arlington has added a mid-week game against Northwood University to its schedule. The Mavericks will host Northwood on April 21, at 6:30 p.m. at Clay Gould Ballpark in Arlington. Northwood is an NAIA program that competes in the Red River Conference. Northwood is currently 22-14 overall this season. The Mavericks have played Northwood seven times with a 5-2 overall record. Northwood won the last meeting, 8-2, on March 29, 1994.
ROBINSON TOSSES SHUTOUT, MAVS BLANK LIONS
- Ryan Robinson dominated Southeastern Louisiana on Sunday in the Mavericks 9-0 shutout win. It was Robinson's first career complete-game shutout as he held the Lions to eight hits with one walk and one strikeout. Robinson held the Lions scoreless despite a 20-plus mph wind - with gusts up to 32 mph - in his third win this season.
KAINER'S STREAK REACHES 17 GAMES
- Not only did Andrew Kainer improve his hit streak to 17 games this past weekend, he also notched three consecutive multi-hit games going 2-for-4 on Friday, 2-for-4 on Saturday and a career best 4-for-5 on Sunday. Kainer has batted .449 (31-for-69) with 10 multi-hit games and 13 RBI during his streak.
FIRST TIME SINCE 1990...
- UT Arlington suffered a 1-0 shutout on Saturday against Southeastern Louisiana and then blanked the Lions 9-0 on Sunday. It was the first time since UT Arlington's SLC championship season in 1990 that the Mavericks played in back-to-back shutout contests against the same opponent and picked up a win and a loss in the two games.
1-0 SHUTOUTS A RARE FOR MAVS AT HOME
- The Mavericks' 1-0 shutout loss against Southeastern Louisiana was their first shutout this season and their first time not scoring a run in 38 games dating back to last season's 3-0 loss at home against Nicholls. But what was even rarer was the Mavericks losing 1-0 at Clay Gould Ballpark. UT Arlington hadn't been shutout 1-0 at home since Louisiana Tech came in and knocked off the Mavericks 1-0 on March 15, 1986.
THOMAS WINS 25TH SOUTHLAND GAME
- In his second season as head coach of the Mavericks, head coach Darin Thomas won his 25th Southland Conference game in the Mavericks 9-0 shutout victory over Southeastern Louisiana last Sunday. It took Thomas 45 games to win his 25th conference game, after posting a 16-14 record in his first season in 2008 the Mavericks have tallied a 9-6 record during the 2009 season.
FEWEST RUNS ALLOWED IN AN SLC SERIES SINCE 2006
- UT Arlington limited Southeastern Louisiana to nine runs last weekend, marking the least amount of runs allowed by the Mavericks in a three-game Southland Conference series since holding Stephen F. Austin to just three runs in series in Nacogdoches, March 31-April 2, 2006. UTA knocked off SFA 6-0 in game one, 2-0 in game two and finished the sweep with a 5-3 in in the series finale. UTA allowed Southeastern eight runs in the opener, one run in the second game and shut them out in the final game.
LONGEST HIT IN THE NATION TO START SEASON
- Matt Otteman had at least one base hit in all of the Mavericks' first 26 games this season, that streak ended on Wednesday, April 1, as Otteman went 0-for-3 with an intentional walk against No. 22 TCU in Fort Worth. The streak was the longest in the NCAA to start the 2009 season and it joins Otteman with former UTA standout player and head coach Clay Gould in the all-time UTA record book with a record 26-game hit streak. Gould set the record 16 years ago in 1993. Otteman batted .459 (50-for-109) during the 26-game streak that lasted during the opening 40 days of the season (Feb. 20-Apr.1), which spanned through three different months of the year.
LONG NAMED A NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
- Senior Nathan Long was named a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper on Monday, March 30, after striking out 15 batters - the most by an SLC pitcher this season - against Nicholls last weekend in Thibodaux. Long's 15 strikeouts were one away from tying the school record that was set by Roger Lancaster in 1997 against UTSA. Long's efforts led the Mavs to a 7-2 win over Nicholls.
LONG GIVES THE MAVS 3 SLC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
- Nathan Long was also named the Southland Conference Pitcher of the Week on Monday, March 30, after his 15 strikeout performance against Nicholls. It is the second straight week the Mavericks have had the SLC Pitcher of the Week, and UT Arlington now has three players (Michael Choice, Andy Sauter, Long) who have won a weekly hitter/pitcher of the week award this season - which is the most by any team in the SLC.
LONG NAMED TO NATIONAL ALL-STAR LINEUP
- Nathan Long was named to the College Baseball Foundation National All-Star Lineup as one of the top 13 players - eight pitchers - from this past week. Long's 15 strikeout performance against Nicholls has earned him three awards this week.
UT ARLINGTON COLLECTS 1,100TH ALL-TIME WIN
- UT Arlington's 6-5 win in game one of the Mavs' doubleheader sweep over Nicholls this past weekend was its program's 1,100th all-time win. In 41 seasons of baseball at UTA, the Mavericks currently have an all-time record of 1,102-1,059-1 (.510), which is an average of 27 wins per season.
CHOICE VS. NATIONALLY-RANKED OPPONENTS
- Michael Choice is now batting .560 (14-for-25) against nationally-ranked teams this season. He continued his success against the top-25 going 3-for-4 against No. 11 TCU in Fort Worth on April 1. In College Station, Choice went 2-for-3 with a double and RBI against No. 11 Texas A&M after going 3-for-5 with a run and RBI in the series finale against No. 25 Minnesota on March 18. Choice 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.
THE BEST IN THE METROPLEX
- Michael Choice has proved his ability to college baseball followers and fans in the Metroplex this season going 7-for-9 against cross-town rival TCU. Choice's .778 batting average against the nationally-ranked Horned Frogs came in a 4-for-5 effort in Arlington and a 3-for-4 outing at Lupton Stadium in Fort Worth.
SWEEPING THE NICHOLLS COLONELS
- The Mavs' three wins against Nicholls marks their first sweep over the Colonels in Thibodaux since 1999, and their first sweep over Nicholls since 2006 when they won three games in Arlington. UT Arlington has only swept Nicholls three times in their 19-year SLC history.
SWEEPING THEIR WAY TO WINS IN THE SLC
- The Mavericks swept Nicholls and Northwestern State in consecutive SLC series, marking the first time they have swept back-to-back SLC series since 2006. In 2006, the Mavs swept three straight conference opponents while winning nine straight SLC games.
FASTEST TO 15 WINS SINCE 2004
- UT Arlington has won 15 games (26 games) faster than any Maverick team since 2004 when the Mavericks started the season with a 15-10 record during their first 25 games of the season.
LONG TIED FOR 7TH ON ALL-TIME K LIST
- Nathan Long's 10 strikeouts against Southeastern Louisiana gives him 185 for his career and moves him into a tie for 7th place all-time on the UTA career strikeout list with Doug Myres (1986-87). Lonnie Salyres (1970-73) is the all-time UTA career strikeout leader with 279.
LONG & SAUTER AMONG BEST IN SLC PITCHING
- Nathan Long currently leads the Southland Conference with 60 strikeouts with teammate Andy Sauter close behind in fourth place with 44 strikeouts. Long ranks third in the conference in ERA (2.49) while Rett Varner (3.30 - 8th), Ryan Robinson (3.48 - 10th) and Andy Sauter (4.06 - 11th) are also in the top 11 in the SLC. UT Arlington is the only team in the conference with four pitchers among the top 11 in ERA.
OTTEMAN LEADS SLC IN THREE CATEGORIES
- Matt Otteman currently leads the Southland Conference in batting average (.439), base hits (54) and total bases (88).
ROBINSON PERFECT IN SLC COMPETITION
- Ryan Robinson made his first start in Southland Conference play last weekend and it finished the same way he has been pitching out of the bullpen, perfect. Robinson is 2-0 in SLC play with a flawless 0.00 ERA in 15.1 innings.
BETTER THINK TWICE ON THE BASE PATHS
- UT Arlington catcher Chad Comer has thrown out 18-of-32 (56%) would-be base stealers this season. Recently Comer has been even more dominating having thrown out 15-of-20 (75%) runners during conference play. Comer and the Mavericks are tied for the lead the Southland Conference having thrown out 20 base stealers this season. This past weekend, no Southeastern Louisiana players attempted to steal on Comer. The previous weekend, Comer threw out Chris Murrill of Nicholls, who entered the weekend perfect in stolen bases (19-of-19) while leading the nation.
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).
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.
TOUGH AT THE PLATE WITH 2 OUTS
- Through 30 games, UT Arlington has 166 RBI - with 87 RBI coming with two outs. Matt Otteman leads the team with 18 two-out RBI, with Michael Choice and Andrew Kainer with 11 a piece. With 2 outs, Otteman is batting .476 (20-for-42), Choice is hitting .383 (18-for-47) and Kainer is batting .333 (15-for-45) with two outs. Overall, the Mavs are batting .322 with runners in scoring position and hitting .329 with two outs.
WELCOME TO CLAY GOULD BALLPARK!
- The Mavs have dominated their opponents at home this season, as UTA has posted an 11-5 record with a .338 batting average and 2.52 ERA. UTA has out hit its opponents 191-126 and has 52 extra-base hits while opposing teams have 23. 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 UGLY WINS THIS SEASON
- In 16 wins this season, UTA has dismantled its opponents with a .339 batting average compared to its opponents .232 average, and the Mavs' 1.69 ERA is significantly lower than a 6.99 ERA that opposing teams have recorded. Maverick hitters have tallied 56 extra-base hits compared their opponents 20.
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 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 Mavs 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 student-athletes were named to the UTA Academic Honor Roll and the Mavs as a team had a 3.183 team GPA.
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.