April 26, 2010
ARLINGTON, Texas -
FIRST PITCH UT Arlington takes on Oklahoma State Tuesday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m. in Stillwater, Okla., after sweeping its first weekend series of the season against Central Arkansas. The Mavericks have won five of their last six, including five in a row during league play. UTA is in search of its first midweek victory since a 13-1 win over Louisiana-Monroe (3/23). Tuesday will be the Mavs last chance to come away with a midweek win in the month of April where they are 0-4. Oklahoma State is 3-2 in April midweek games.
INSIDE THE SERIES
UT Arlington and Oklahoma State meet for the 22nd time Tuesday as the Cowboys lead the all-time series 16-5. The Mavericks have never won in Stillwater (0-9) and are coming off a 6-2 loss last season against Oklahoma State in Stillwater (4/28/09). UT Arlington has won two of the past five meetings, with its most recent win in Arlington (7-3) on April 15, 2008. Oklahoma State has won seven of the last nine overall matchups dating back to 1995. UTA and OSU have played eight times since 2002.
First Pitch: Tues: 6:30 p.m.
All-Time Series OSU leads, 16-5
Last Meeting OSU defeated UTA, 6-2
Stillwater, Okla. (4/28/09)
Stadium Allie P. Reynolds Stadium (4,000)
Dimensions: 330 (LF), 398 (CF), 330 (RF)
Live Stats (GameTracker) www.utamavs.com
Live Audio www.okstate.com
Press Box (405) 774-5757
UT ARLINGTON MAVERICKS
Overall Record: 20-21
Conference Record: 13-8
Home Record: 13-10
Away Record: 7-11
Neutral Record: 0-0
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: 76-78 (3rd year)
Record at UTA: 76-78 (3rd year)
OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOYS
Overall Record: 23-16
Conference Record: 5-10
Home Record: 18-6
Away Record: 4-8
Neutral Record: 1-2
Last 5/Last 10: 2-3/5-5
Streak: Lost 3
Rankings: BA: NR/CB: NR/NCBWA: NR/ESPN: NR
Head Coach: Frank Anderson
Career Record: 256-148 (7th year)
Record at School: 256-148 (7th year)
Day Pitcher Cl. W-L ERA K/BB
Tues. Mark Picca (LHP) Jr. 1-4 5.40 25/12
Day Pitcher Cl. W-L ERA K/BB
Tues. TBA (RHP/LHP) N/A N/A N/A N/A
UT ARLINGTON VS. THE BIG 12 CONFERENCE
UT Arlington is 84-215 all-time against teams that are current members of the Big 12 Conference. The Mavericks are 0-4 against Big 12 teams this season, losing 4-3 at Oklahoma (3/2), dropping a midweek, home-and-home series with Baylor (4-5, 10 inn. in Arlington; 8-18 in Waco) and falling at Texas 21-2 (4/20). Following their matchup with Oklahoma State they will make a trip to College Station to take Texas A&M (5/18). The Mavericks have played Baylor (29-76), Iowa State (5-3), Kansas (6-6), Kansas State (2-4), Nebraska (1-2), Oklahoma (9-18), Oklahoma State (5-16), Texas (16-54), Texas A&M (7-21) and Texas Tech (4-15).
TAKING A LOOK BACK
- - - Friday: UT Arlington won 4-3 in 13 innings over Central Arkansas with a sacrifice fly in the 13th inning by Jordan Vaughn. The Mavericks trailed 3-2 with two outs in the ninth inning, but Steffan Guest doubled and then Jordan Vaughn hit an RBI single to right field to send the game into extra-innings. UTA had just two base hits entering the ninth inning. The win was only the second this season for the Mavs when trailing after eight innings. Shane Hopkins walked with one out in the 13th inning and later stole second base and went to third on a throwing error by Central Arkansas' catcher. Vaughn then gave the Mavs a walk-off win with a sacrifice fly. Brian Watson earned the win throwing 5.0 innings without allowing a hit from the 9th to the 13 inning. The only base runner Watson allowed was due to a fielding error. Jason Mitchell started in the no-decision throwing 8.0 innings allowing three runs (2 ER) on nine hits with 12 strikeouts and three walks allowed. Guest and Nick Orr each went 2-for-4. Michael Choice was walked three times (twice intentionally).
- - - Saturday: The Mavericks jumped out to a 6-0 lead with seven base hits in the opening two frames. Rett Varner paced the Mavs on the mound throwing 7.0 innings with 10 strikeouts while allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits and three walks. Michael Choice (3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBI, 1 BB) was one of eight UT Arlington position players with a multi-hit game as he led all players with three base hits. Central Arkansas and UTA combined scored all 11 runs in the first four innings while neither team scored a run from the fifth inning on. It was Varner's fifth start pitching at least 7.0 innings and was his third win during his last four starts. Garrett Laird pitched the final two innings without allowing a run. It marked Lairds' eighth scoreless releif outing of the season.
- - - Sunday: The Mavericks picked up their first weekend sweep of the season with a 9-6 win over Central Arkansas in the series finale on Sunday. Logan Bawcom pitched 7.1 innings allowing five runs on 11 hits with four strikeouts. Michael Choice led the Mavericks going 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBI while belting his 13th home run of the season. Choice's homer was the 31st of his career - which ties him for the all-time career record (Matt Mize, 1998-99). The Mavericks never trailed scoring two runs in the first and added three runs in the fourth to take a 5-1 lead. Four Mavericks finished with multi-hit games, including Chad Comer who went 2-for-4 with three RBI while blasting his fifth home run of the season in the fourth inning. The win gave UTA its fifth in a row during league play. The last time UTA won five consecutive conference games was last season (7, March 15-29, 2009).
ON THE HORIZON
The Mavericks will play their fifth conference road series this weekend at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (4/30-5/2). Looking at the Mavs schedule, UTA plays 12 of 16 games on the road from April 9-May 2.
THE RACE FOR THE SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP
Texas State (15-6) held a firm grip on first place in the league standings taking two out of three against Northwestern State (13-7), who is currently tied for second place with Stephen F. Austin (13-7). The Lumberjacks took two out of three against McNeese State (11-10). Southeastern Louisiana (13-8) stumbled into a tie for fourth place with the Mavericks (13-8), as the Lions dropped two out of three at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The Mavericks (13-8) were the only team in the conference to sweep taking three over Central Arkansas. The Mavs are tied with the Lions for fourth place, but Southeastern holds a tie breaker for the higher seed going into the league tournament. Lamar (11-10) keeps pace taking two out of three from UTSA to get into a tie with McNeese State for sixth and seventh place in the conference. Nicholls (10-11) is now in sole possession of the eighth place in the league taking two out of three from Sam Houston State. The top eight teams will advance to the Southland Conference Tournament, May 26-29, held in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Michael Choice TIES UT ARLINGTON ALL-TIME CAREER HOME RUN RECORD
Michael Choice tied the all-time UTA career home run record hitting his 31st career home run in the eighth inning on Sunday, April 25, against Central Arkansas. The home run was an estimated 430-foot blast down the left-field line at Clay Gould Ballpark that landed in the middle of a drive way across the street from the left-field fence. Choice is averaging a home run every 10.6 at-bats this season. His 13 home runs are tied for the lead in the Southland Conference (Lee Orr - McNeese State) and are tied for sixth most in a single-season history at UT Arlington.
BAWCOM PROVIDING CONSISTENCY IN SUNDAY STARTS
Junior Logan Bawcom has proved to be the answer for the Mavericks on the mound on Sunday's in Southland Conference play. Since taking over as the Sunday starter for UTA on March 21 at UTSA, Bawcom has pitched at least 7.0 innings in six consecutive starts. His most recent outing was in his fourth conference victory against Central Arkansas where he threw 7.1 innings allowing five runs on 11 hits with four strikeouts.
Michael Choice BECOMES NINTH MAVERICKS WITH OVER 100 CAREER WALKS
Michael Choice notched his 100th career walk on Friday, April 23, against Central Arkansas when he was issued three walks, two intentionally. Choice is just the ninth all-time Maverick to record 100 career walks. In fact, Choice collected career walk No. 100 in just his 144th career game played.
Michael Choice IS ON PACE TO BREAK SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE SINGLE-SEASON WALKS RECORD
Michael Choice's walk total this season is on a record-setting pace with 53 walks in only 41 games. The Southland Conference all-time single-season walks record is 68 by Lamar's Kerry Christensen (1982). Choice is on pace for 72 walks during the Mavs' 56-game regular season schedule. Choice needs only nine walks to break the UTA all-time single season record held by Dave Owen (61) in 1978.
Mark Picca RANKS SECOND IN NCAA DIVISION I IN PICKOFFS
Mark Picca ranks second in the NCAA with seven pickoffs this season. The junior lefty is actually tied for the most pickoffs in the nation among pitchers (Brent McNeil, Eastern Illinois). Only Northwestern State's catcher Aaron Munoz has more pickoffs this season with eight (research credited to: Matthew Bonnette - SID, Northwestern State).
Darin Thomas WINS 50TH CAREER HOME GAME
UT Arlington third year head coach Darin Thomas won his 50th career home game on Sunday, April 25, with a 9-6 victory over Central Arkansas at Clay Gould Ballpark. The win also marked the 20th overall win for UTA this season. Thomas and the Mavericks are 13-10 at home this season. He posted a 17-13 record at home in his first season as head coach in 2008 and last season went 20-7 at home, which marked only the third time since 1993 that UTA had won at least 20 games at home in a single season.
SPEAKING OF 50 WINS...
Darin Thomas is nearing his 50th career Southland Conference victory with a 48-35 record (.578) in his third season as head coach. Thomas, the sixth head coach in UTA history, is trying to become the fastest Maverick head coach to reach 50 career conference wins. He will be only the third head coach in school history to win 50 career Southland games, joining long-time head coach Butch McBroom (1974-1999) and Jeff Curtis (2002-2007). Curtis reached 50 conference wins in 86 games (2002-05) while McBroom notched his 50th conference win in 118 games (1974-81). Thomas will become the first UTA head coach to accomplish the feat in only three seasons as head coach.
Darin Thomas' TEAMS HOLD LEADS
In three seasons under Maverick head coach Darin Thomas, UT Arlington has been tough when holding leads after 2/3 of the game is complete. The Mavericks are 62-6 under Thomas when leading after six innings. In fact, UTA is a perfect 16-0 this season when leading after six innings and was 23-3 last season.
Michael Choice LEADS THE NATION IN WALKS - 53 WALKS IN 41 GAMES
Teams are learning that the easiest way to not let Michael Choice beat them is by not throwing him a strike. The junior All-American is cooperating with an NCAA best 53 walks in 41 games played. Rice's Anthony Rendon ranks second behind Choice with 48 walks. He has 15 games where he has received multiple walks, including six three-walk games and one game with four walks. He has been walked at least once in 13 of his last 14 games and in 19 of the last 21 games. He already has 24 more walks than he did a year ago when he led the team with 29. In fact, Choice's 53 walks are already more than any Maverick has had in a single season since 1988 (Pat Cleveland - 57). Choice is currently tied for sixth on the UTA single-season list. Choice has now been walked or hit by pitch in 22 of his last 51 plate appearances.
Michael Choice MOVES UP TO NO. 15 ON BASEBALL AMERICA'S 2010 MLB DRAFT TOP 50 LIST
Michael Choice, who was a projected first-round draft pick by Baseball America, has moved up to No. 15 on the publication's most recent 2010 MLB Draft Top 50 list that was released April 21. Choice is the seventh highest NCAA Division I player listed, he is the second highest ranked outfielder and is the highest ranked collegiate player from the state of Texas. Choice was listed No. 30 on Baseball America's "Projected First-Round Draft Picks list" released on February 14.
Michael Choice LEADS SOUTHLAND IN ON-BASE AND SLUGGING PERCENTAGE
Michael Choice leads the Southland Conference with a .571 on-base percentage and a .761 slugging percentage. Choice has 22 extra-base hits in 138 at-bats along with 34 singles. His slugging percentage is 91 points higher than UTSA's Ryan Rummel (.670). Since March 28 - spanning the last 19 games - Choice has reached base in 62-of-91 (68%) plate appearances.
Michael Choice CONTINUES STREAK: 53 STRAIGHT GAMES REACHING BASE SAFELY
Michael Choice has reached base safely in 53 consecutive games dating back to last season. The last game Choice did not reach base with a base hit/hit by pitch or walk 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 34 of 41 games. In the seven games Choice hasn't recorded a base hit he has tallied 14 walks, one hit by pitch and he had four walks against Missouri State (2/26).
IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR Michael Choice YOU WILL FIND HIM ON BASE
Michael Choice owns a .571 on-base percentage, which ranks third in the nation, but reaching base at a high percentage is just half of the conversation. Choice has reached base safely in 53 consecutive games dating back to last season, but through last season and into the end of his freshman year, Choice has reached base safely in 99 of his last 101 games played. Only twice in 2009 did Choice not reach base safely (April 28 - at Oklahoma State/April 25 - at Stephen F. Austin). In his career at UTA, Choice has reached base safely in 138 of 147 career games played. Only seven games during his freshman season did Choice not reach base safely via base hit, hit by pitch or walk.
Jason Mitchell: STRIKEOUT WATCH
Jason Mitchell is on pace to break the UTA all-time single-season strikeout record with 83 strikeouts in 12 appearances (10 starts). Mitchell is averaging 10.0 strikeouts per 9 innings. He leads UTA with a 3.00 ERA in 75.0 innings. He has combined on two shutouts and has one complete-game shutout this season. He pitched three consecutive complete games in conference competition and has allowed only 71 hits and 39 runs (25 ER). Mitchell has issued only 16 walks while opponents are batting .245 against him. Last season Nathan Long broke the UTA single-season strikeout record with 104. In Long's first 10 starts last season he had 76 strikeouts. Long finished his senior season leading the Southland in strikeouts and was drafted in the 26th round by the Oakland Athletics.
Michael Choice NAMED BASEBALL AMERICA MIDSEASON FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN
Baseball America announced its Midseason College All-America team on April 8 and UT Arlington's Michael Choice was one of three outfielders in the country named a first team selection. The publication's midseason team included the top 15 players (10 position players, 5 pitchers) in the country.
Michael Choice BREAKS UTA SINGLE-SEASON INTENTIONAL WALKS RECORD
In only 32 games, Michael Choice broke the UTA single-season intentional walks record that was previously set in 2006 by current Seattle Mariners catcher Adam Moore with seven. Choice now has 13 intentional walks this season. He broke the single-season intentional walks record against then-No. 22 Southeastern Louisiana (4/11/10). Choice broke the record while receiving his sixth walk in six consecutive plate appearances. Choice now has 18 career intentional walks - a UTA career record - after receiving two as a freshman and three as a sophomore.
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 IS ONE OF ONLY SEVEN PROGRAMS IN THE NATION TO LAND THREE PLAYERS ON SELECT WATCH LISTS
UT Arlington 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 EARNS SECOND SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE PITCHER OF THE WEEK AWARD
Senior Jason Mitchell was named the Southland Conference Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season after tossing his second straight complete game in a 3-1 victory over Northwestern State (3/26). Mitchell struck out six in the victory while allowing only one run on five hits with two walks. Mitchell is the only pitcher in the league to earn pitcher of the week honors on multiple occasions this season.
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 223 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 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.
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.
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