May 13, 2009
ARLINGTON, Texas - After breaking the all-time Southland Conference hit streak record, UT Arlington senior Andrew Kainer was named to the College Baseball Foundation and Diamond Sports National All-Star Lineup, the organization announced Tuesday. The National All-Star Lineup recognizes the top performances from collegiate players from the previous week. Kainer was one of 19 players named to the prestigious list.
Kainer, an outfielder/designated hitter from Conroe, Texas, was named to the National All-Star Lineup along with Joey Bergmen (College of Charleston), Samuel Rodriguez (Bethune-Cookman), Stephen Strasburg (San Diego State), Kyle Bellows (San Jose State), Greg Folgia (Missouri), Brandon Milleville (Stanford), Mike Minor (Vanderbilt), Anthony Vasquez (Southern California), Joe Gardner (UC Santa Barbara), Austin Hyatt (Alabama), Ross Hales (Texas A&M), Vince Belnome (West Virginia), Tony Plagman (Georgia Tech), Tommy Oravetz (Florida State), Quentin Care (Wright State) Sean Weatherford and Gillaume Dugay (Sam Houston State) and Brayden Drake (Missouri State).
Kainer broke the Southland Conference hit streak record last Tuesday with a single to left field in the first inning against No. 17 Oklahoma. His base hit extended his hit streak to 35 games, which broke the all-time SLC record that was set in 1996 by Nicholls' Brett Lockwood. Kainer went 1-for-2 in the game with an RBI.
He then opened the Lamar series with a 4-for-4 performance with a pair of doubles and four RBI to improve his hit streak to 36 games. Kainer's two doubles in the series opener also tied the UT Arlington all-time single-season doubles record of 22.
Kainer's hit streak - the longest in the nation this season - ended on Saturday as he went hitless (0-for-4) for the first time since March 6. He finished the week hitting a double to break the UT Arlington single-season doubles record in an extra-inning loss against Lamar.
Kainer is one of three Mavericks batting over .400 with a .416 batting average. He also has 23 doubles, five home runs, 43 RBI and leads the team with 13-of-15 stolen bases.
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