May 14, 2009
Texas State Game Notes
ARLINGTON, Texas -
UT Arlington will take on Texas State for its final homestand of the season on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Clay Gould Ballpark. The Mavericks are coming off a 1-2 weekend at Lamar while Texas State clinched the Southland Conference regular season championship last weekend with a sweep at home over Nicholls.
INSIDE THE SERIES
UT Arlington welcomes Texas State to Arlington for the second time this season after the Bobcats and Mavs started their season at the UTA Invitational (Feb. 20-23). Texas State leads the all-time series 46-31 and owns an 18-15 lead in Arlington. The Bobcats have won 10 of the last 12 meetings overall and haven't lost in Arlington since 2005.
UT ARLINGTON MAVERICKS
Overall Record: 28-23
Conference Record: 18-12
Last 5/Last 10: 3-2/5-5
Streak: Lost 2
Rankings: BA: NR/CB: NR/NCBWA: NR/ESPN: NR
Head Coach: Darin Thomas
Career Record: 54-54 (2 years)
Record at UTA: 54-54 (2 years)
TEXAS STATE BOBCATS
Overall Record: 37-13
Conference Record: 23-6
Last 5/Last 10: 4-1/7-3
Streak: Won 6
Rankings: NCBWA: #30/ CB: #25/ESPN: NR/BA: NR
Head Coach: Ty Harrington
Career Record: 333-248 (10 years)
Record at TXST: 333-248 (10 years)
First Pitch: Thursday: 6:30 p.m., Friday: 6:35 p.m., Saturday: 1:00 p.m.
Series History: Texas State leads, 46-31
Last Meeting: TXST defeated UTA, 8-6 (Arlington) 2/21/09
Stadium: Clay Gould Ballpark (Capacity: 1,600)
Dimensions: 330 (LF), 400 (CF), 330 (RF)
Live Stats: (GameTracker): www.utamavs.com
Press Box : (817) 462-4225
THURSDAY, MAY 14
Pitcher W-L ERA K/BB
Ryan Robinson (LHP) 6-2 3.42 40/9
Kane Holbrooks (RHP) 9-1 3.28 52/16
FRIDAY, MAY 15
Pitcher W-L ERA K/BB
Nathan Long (RHP) 5-4 3.25 92/24
Zach Tritz (RHP) 7-2 4.92 51/23
SATURDAY, MAY 16
Pitcher W-L ERA K/BB
Jason Mitchell (RHP) 4-5 4.53 42/24
Brian Borski (RHP) 6-2 3.34 43/25
MAVS HOST SLC REGULAR SEASON CHAMPS
- UT Arlington closes its regular season this weekend with a three-game series at home against Texas State. The Bobcats secured the Southland Conference regular season championship with a sweep over Nicholls last weekend, which also makes Texas State the No. 1 seed in the upcoming SLC Tournament. The Mavericks will have to wait until after their series with Texas State is complete before knowing where they will be seeded in the SLC Tournament, with a chance of finishing anywhere between second and seventh place.
KAINER NAMED TO NATIONAL ALL-STAR LINEUP
- UTA senior Andrew Kainer was named to the College Baseball Foundations National All-Star lineup on Tuesday. Kainer broke the SLC all-time hit streak record, went 4-for-4 against Lamar and broke the UTA all-time single-season doubles record during the week. He is the second Maverick to be named to the National All-Star Lineup after Nathan Long was selected (3/31).
UTA HOSTS MIRACLE LEAGUE DAY ON FRIDAY
- UT Arlington will host Miracle League Day on Friday, May 15, as activities are set to begin at Clay Gould Ballpark at 4 p.m. Prior to the Mavericks second game against the Bobcats, UT Arlington student-athletes will be spending time with kids, parents and volunteers from within the community who help direct the Miracle League program. UTA student-athletes and kids will take part in fundamental stations at Clay Gould Ballpark which include defensive drills, throwing games and hitting practice. The day will conclude with a Miracle League Parade from 6:05-6:25 p.m.
SLC TOURNAMENT FIELD COMPLETE
- UT Arlington is one of eight teams who have already clinched a spot in the upcoming SLC Tournament, May 20-23 in Corpus Christi, Texas. The field includes Texas State, who has locked up the No. 1 seed, Southeastern Louisiana, Lamar, UTSA, UT Arlington, Northwestern State, Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin. The tournament field will be complete on Saturday after the final conference series are played this weekend.
KAINER'S HIT STREAK ENDS AT 36 GAMES
- Andrew Kainer extended the nation's longest hitting streak to 36 games with a 4-for-4 performance against Lamar on Friday night, but one day later saw his record-setting streak come to an end. Kainer went hitless for the first time since March 6 on Saturday, May 9 against Lamar with a flyout to left field, groundout to third base, reaching base on a throwing error by the third baseman and with a strikeout in the ninth inning. Kainer's streak began on March 7, during game two of the Mavericks' first conference series at Sam Houston State. His 36-game hit streak saw him bat .455 (66-for-145) with 29 runs scored, 19 doubles, three home runs, 35 RBI, nine walks and 13 stolen bases. He has posted 21 multi-hit games during his 36-game streak, including seven games with three or more hits. In addition, Kainer's streak has spanned 38 team games, due to Kainer not recording an official plate appearance during the Mavs' 10-inning, 6-5 win over Nicholls on March 29. Kainer left the game in the bottom of the first inning after diving for a ball in the right-center field gap and left the game due to an injury. Kainer then sat out the next game on the road at TCU (4/1).
KAINER BREAKS SLC HIT STREAK RECORD ON MAY 5
- Andrew Kainer broke the Southland Conference hit streak record with his 35th consecutive game recording at hit on Tuesday, May 5, while hitting a line-drive single to left field in the first inning against No. 17 Oklahoma at Clay Gould Ballpark. Kainer had tied the all-time SLC mark of 34 games on Sunday, May 3 against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The previous mark was set by Brett Lockwood of Nicholls in 1996.
KNOCKING OFF BIG 12 OPPONENTS IN ARLINGTON
- UT Arlington picked up its second win over a ranked Big 12 opponent this season at home with an 8-5 win over No. 17 Oklahoma on May 5. The Mavs topped then-No. 7 Baylor on April 14, also in Arlington. Dating back to last season, the Mavericks have won four of their last five at home against Big 12 teams.
FIRST TIME IN UTA BASEBALL HISTORY...
- The Mavericks made school history sweeping their fourth Southland Conference series with three wins over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in Arlington (May 1-3). Several times during the 41 years of baseball at UTA a squad had swept three conference series, but never had a UTA baseball team swept four opponents during one season. In only nine weekend series, UTA has swept three-game series from Northwestern State, Nicholls, Central Arkansas and A&M-Corpus Christi.
700 WINS IN ARLINGTON FOR THE MAVERICKS
- UT Arlington won its 700th all-time game at home on Saturday with a 10-4 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. UTA's sweep gives them a 701-394 all-time record while playing on its home field in Arlington.
HOME FIELD SUCCESS IS BACK AGAIN
- The Mavericks are 19-6 (.760) at Clay Gould Ballpark this season. It is the most wins for UTA at home since 2004 (21-11) and it marks the highest winning percentage for the Mavs at home since 2003 (.765).
Darin Thomas COLLECTS CAREER WIN NO. 50
- UT Arlington head coach Darin Thomas won his 50th career game with a 4-3 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Friday, May 1. Thomas is the third Maverick coach to record his 50th career victory during his second season as head coach. Below is a list of Thomas' milestone head coaching wins in two seasons.
No. 1 1-0, vs. UALR (Feb. 22, 2008)
No. 25 6-4, vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (May 16, 2008)
No. 50 4-3, vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (May 1, 2009)
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)
Darin Thomas 102 50-52 (2nd season)
Butch McBroom 107 50-57 (3rd season)
* Tom Beasley (16-34 record in two season as head coach)
CHOICE INVITED TO USA BASEBALL TEAM TRIALS
- Center fielder Michael Choice has been invited to the 2009 USA Baseball National Team Trials in Cary, N.C., USA Baseball officials announced Tuesday, April 21. Choice will join an elite group of 36 of the top collegiate, non-draft eligible players in the country who will compete for a spot on the 22-man USA Baseball National Team roster that will be announced June 24. Choice made the list of the 17 initial invitees that will report to the National Training Complex for the trials that are scheduled for June 15-24.
KAINER BREAKS UTA HIT STREAK RECORD
- Andrew Kainer became the first UTA player ever to record a 27-game hit streak on Tuesday, April 21, as the senior went 2-for-5, including the record-breaking single to left field in the fourth inning to break the previous 26-game record set by current teammate Matt Otteman (2009) and the late Clay Gould (1993), who the Mavericks' home stadium is named after.
CHOICE BECOMES 6TH MAV TO HIT FOR CYCLE
- Michael Choice became the sixth UT Arlington player to hit for the cycle on Tuesday, April 21. Choice went 4-for-4 with three runs and five RBI against Northwood. He accomplished the rare feat by hitting a triple down the left-field line in the first, hitting a line-drive double in the left-center gap in the fifth, a single to left field in the sixth and completed the cycle with a line-drive home run to left field in the eighth.
UT ARLINGTON PLAYERS TO HIT FOR THE CYCLE
Name Opponent Date
Michael Choice vs. Northwood 4/21/2009
Kyle Thomason vs. Northwestern State 3/11/2006
Ian Gutierrez vs. TCU 4/7/1999
Rahn Smith vs. Texas Wesleyan 2/11/1998
Clay Gould vs. Oklahoma State 3/10/1993
Karl Heckendorn vs. Nicholls 3/7/1993
LONG SETS THE PACE FOR "K'S" IN THE SLC
- Nathan Long continues to lead the Southland Conference in strikeouts with 92 in 83.0 innings. Long's closest competitor for the SLC strikeout title is Ricky Testa of Lamar who has 77 strikeouts. In addition, Long leads the SLC in strikeouts during league play with 80 in 68.2 innings pitched.
- Andrew Kainer and Matt Otteman are only the third set of teammates in the nation (NCAA D-I) this season that have recorded a 20-game hit streak. Cal Poly and UT Martin also have teammates who have recorded 20-game streaks this season.
HASN'T HAPPENED SINCE 1994
- UT Arlington has swept two straight Southland Conference series, taking three from Nicholls (March 28-30) and sweeping their first ever meeting at Central Arkansas (April 17-19). The last time UT Arlington has swept back-to-back conference road series was in 1994 against Texas State and Louisiana-Monroe.
WIN OVER BAYLOR MARKS 22 OVER TOP 10 TEAMS
- 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
- Michael Choice was named Southland Conference Hitter of the Week on Monday, April 13, 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.
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 batted .459 (50-for-109) during the 26-game streak that lasted during the opening 40 days of the season (Feb. 20-Apr.1).
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 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.
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 .400 (16-for-40) against nationally-ranked teams this season. On April 1 he went 3-for-4 against No. 11 TCU in Fort Worth. 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.
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.
LONG MOVES UP UTA STRIKEOUT LISTS
- Nathan Long's eight strikeouts against Lamar moves him into a tie for 3rd place all-time on the UTA career strikeout list with 217. He has the most strikeouts in a career by any UTA pitcher since 1973. Long is also moving up the all-time UTA single-season strikeout list with 92. He is currently tied for sixth with Lonnie Salyers (1972) and Roger Lancaster (1997). Long is trying to become the first UTA pitcher to lead the conference in strikeouts since Doug Myres struck out 82 batters in 1986. See detailed top 10 record books for UTA career and single-season strikeouts on page 30.
CHOICE TURNS IT ON AGAINST BIG 12 OPPONENTS
- Michael Choice is now batting .391 (18-for-46) with six doubles, three home runs and 14 RBI against Big 12 opponents in 11 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. This season, Choice went 2-for-3 with a double and one RBI against No. 11 Texas A&M in College Station. He also went 2-for-5 with a double, home run and three RBI against No. 4 Texas in Austin.
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.
WELCOME TO CLAY GOULD BALLPARK!
- The Mavs have dominated their opponents at home this season, as UTA has posted an 19-6 record with a .349 batting average and 3.32 ERA. UTA has out hit its opponents 309-218 and has 85 extra-base hits while opposing teams have 43. The UTA pitching staff has enjoyed success at home allowing opponents to hit just .261. Three of the Mavs top pitchers at home have been Rett Varner (2-0, 1.30 ERA, 27.2 IP, 23 K), Ryan Robinson (2-1, 2.89 ERA, 28.0 IP, 17 K), Matt Otteman (3-1, 3.24 ERA, 16.2 IP, 31 K) and Adam Boydston (0-1, 1.38 ERA, 10 appearances, 12 K, 5 saves).
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.