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MAVERICKS START SIX-GAME SLC ROAD SWING AT CENTRAL ARKANSAS

Darin Thomas won his sixth game over a top 25 opponent this week against No. 7 Baylor
 
Darin Thomas won his sixth game over a top 25 opponent this week against No. 7 Baylor
 

April 16, 2009

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ARLINGTON, Texas -
FIRST PITCH
UT Arlington takes on Central Arkansas for the first time ever this weekend in Conway. The Mavs split a midweek series with No. 7 Baylor, winning on Tuesday (5-4) in Arlington and falling 10-7 in Waco on Wednesday. The Bears lost a 12-inning battled, 4-3, against Memphis on Tuesday in Conway. UCA has lost four of its last six entering this weekend.

INSIDE THE SERIES
This weekend's series will mark the first ever meeting between UT Arlington and
Central Arkansas. The Mavericks and Bears have never met and have not faced each
other since Central Arkansas joined the Southland Conference in 2007, after
previously playing in the Gulf South Conference in NCAA D-II.¬¬


First Pitch: Friday: 7:00 p.m., Saturday: 2:00 p.m., Sunday: 1:00 p.m.
Series History: N/A
Last Meeting: First Meeting


Stadium: Bear Stadium (Capacity: 1,000)
Dimensions: 320 (LF), 400 (CF), 320 (RF)
Live Stats: (GameTracker): www.utamavs.com Press Box : (501) 450-5972

UT ARLINGTON MAVERICKS
Overall Record: 19-17
Conference Record: 11-7
Last 5/Last 10: 3-2/4-6
Streak: Lost 1
Rankings: BA: NR/CB: NR/NCBWA: NR/ESPN: NR
Website: www.utamavs.com
Head Coach: Darin Thomas
Career Record: 45-48 (2nd Year)
Record at UTA: 45-48 (2nd Year)

CENTRAL ARKANSAS BEARS
Overall Record: 16-17
Conference Record: 8-10
Last 5/Last 10: 2-3/4-6
Streak: Lost 1
Rankings: BA: NR/CB: NR/NCBWA: NR/ESPN: NR
Website: www.ucasports.com
Head Coach: Doug Clark
Career Record: 184-165-1 (7 Years)
Record at UCA: 184-165-1 (7 Years)

PROBABLE STARTERS

FRIDAY, APRIL 17
Pitcher W-L ERA K/BB
Ryan Robinson (LHP) 3-1 2.92 23/8
Jeremy Cloud (RHP) 4-3 4.24 35/14

SATURDAY, APRIL 18
Pitcher W-L ERA K/BB
Nathan Long (RHP) 3-2 3.17 60/16
Bobby Pritchett (RHP) 3-1 4.61 38/15

SUNDAY, APRIL 19
Pitcher W-L ERA K/BB
Jason Mitchell (RHP) 3-5 4.50 26/15
Brandon Solberg (LHP) 2-3 5.70 22/20

UT ARLINGTON STARTS SIX-GAME ROAD SWING
- UT Arlington owns a 4-2 Southland Conference series record this season, only two of the Mavs' series have been played on the road where they experienced completely different results. The Mavericks were swept on the opening weekend of conference play at Sam Houston State and then picked up a sweep over Nicholls in Thibodaux during their last conference road series. Following UT Arlington's three games in Conway this weekend, the Mavericks will travel to play Stephen F. Austin (Apr. 24-26) in Nacogdoches.

VICTORIES OVER TOP 10 OPPONENTS
- UT Arlington has posted 22 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 5-4 victory over Baylor (No. 7 - Baseball America) on Tuesday night at Clay Gould Ballpark. Last season, the Mavs grabbed a 16-8 victory over then-No. 7 Texas A&M at Clay Gould Ballpark (May 13).


04/14/09 vs. #7 Baylor 5-4
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

Michael Choice NAMED SLC HITTER OF THE WEEK
- Sophomore center fielder Michael Choice was named Southland Conference Hitter of the Week on Monday, giving him his second SLC hitter of the week award this season. Choice batted .526 with five extra-base hits, including a pair of two-run homers against Oral Roberts, and tallied six RBI and eight runs scored. Choice posted a 3-for-5 performance and a 4-for-5 game against McNeese State as he helped the Mavs to two victories and their fourth series win of the season. The selection is the fourth for the Mavericks this season - most for any team in the SLC - after Choice (twice), Nathan Long and Andy Sauter have been honored.

KAINER TAKES HIT STREAK TO 23 GAMES
- Andrew Kainer extended his career-high hit streak to 23 games going 3-for-4 (Tues.) and 2-for-5 (Wed.) against No. 7 Baylor. Kainer is batting .462 (43-for-93) with 13 doubles, one home run and 19 RBI during his 23-game streak. Kainer has recorded 14 multi-hit games since his streak started on March 7. Kainer is now chasing current teammate Matt Otteman and the late Clay Gould (1993), who both recorded a school-record 26-game hit streak.

UTA HAS ROLLER COASTER FINISH WITH McNEESE
- UT Arlington scored a season-high 18 runs in its 18-8, seven-inning run-rule victory over McNeese State last weekend and then finished the three-game series losing in 10 innings, 2-1. The Mavericks have scored in double figures five times and have tallied just one run twice and have been shutout once.

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.

GOT TIME FOR ONE MORE?
- The Mavericks played three extra-inning games last weekend, including two against McNeese State. The Mavs are 3-3 in extra-inning games this season, all of which have been 10-inning games. UTA has defeated three conference opponents in extra-innings (UTSA, Northwestern State, McNeese State) and lost non-conference games to No. 4 Texas and Oral Roberts and fell 2-1 at home to McNeese State.The Mavericks played only one extra-inning game last season, defeating Texas State 6-5 in 10 innings in game-one of a three-game series.

#1 IN THE SLC VS. #1 IN THE SLC
- The McNeese State hitters entered last weekend as the No. 1 team in the Southland Conference in batting (.324) while the Mavericks had the No. 1 pitching staff in the SLC in ERA (4.05), and while the series finished with the Mavericks winning two of three games, both entities proved their status. The Cowboys, who averaged 6.0 runs per game in the three-game series - three runs below their season average - batted .352 against UTA pitchers. The Maverick pitchers struck out 20 McNeese State batters and finished with a 5.33 ERA in the three-game set.

ROBINSON'S ERA TOPS SLC IN LEAGUE PLAY
- Ryan Robinson tossed nine innings against McNeese State on Sunday, marking his second straight conference start to throw nine innings. Robinson leads the Southland Conference with a 0.37 ERA in league play. Robinson has thrown 24.1 innings in four appearances (two starts) and has allowed 21 hits and two walks with 12 strikeouts while tallying a 2-0 record with one complete game in conference competition.

FIRST TIME SINCE 1990...
- UT Arlington suffered a 1-0 shutout on Saturday, April 4, 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.

FEWEST RUNS ALLOWED IN AN SLC SERIES SINCE 2006
- UT Arlington limited Southeastern Louisiana to nine runs, 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 a road series, 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 win. UTA allowed Southeastern eight runs in the opener, one run in the second game and shut them out in the final game.

OTTEMAN'S STREAK: LONGEST IN NCAA 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 ties him with Louisiana Tech's Kevin Winn for the longest in the NCAA D-I to start the 2009 season. Otteman joins former UTA standout player and head coach Clay Gould with the all-time UTA record 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.

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 was its program's 1,100th all-time win.

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.

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.

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 .405 (17-for-42) with five doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI against Big 12 opponents in 10 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.

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.

TOUGH AT THE PLATE WITH 2 OUTS
- Through 34 games, UT Arlington has 198 RBI - with 103 RBI coming with two outs. Matt Otteman leads the team with 20 two-out RBI, with Michael Choice (15) and Andrew Kainer (13) close behind. With 2 outs, Otteman is batting .468 (22-for-47), Choice is hitting .400 (22-for-55) and Kainer is batting .333 (16-for-48) with two outs. The Mavs are batting .327 with runners in scoring position and hitting .330 with two outs.

WELCOME TO CLAY GOULD BALLPARK!
- The Mavs have dominated their opponents at home this season, as UTA has posted an 13-6 record with a .343 batting average and 2.96 ERA. UTA has out hit its opponents 229-164 and has 60 extra-base hits while opposing teams have 30. The UTA pitching staff has enjoyed success at home allowing opponents to hit just .257. Two of the Mavs top pitchers at home have been Rett Varner (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 18.2 IP) and Ryan Robinson (1-1, 2.57 ERA, 21.0 IP, 11 K).

NO UGLY WINS THIS SEASON
- In 18 wins this season, UTA has dismantled its opponents with a .351 batting average compared to its opponents .250 average, and the Mavs' 2.29 ERA is significantly lower than a 7.74 ERA that opposing teams have recorded. Maverick hitters have tallied 64 extra-base hits compared their opponents 27.

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)

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.

 

 

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