May 18, 2009
ARLINGTON, Texas - For the first time since 1992, four UT Arlington baseball players have been selected first team All-Southland Conference, SLC officials announced on Monday. Seniors Matt Otteman (OF), Andrew Kainer (DH), Nathan Long (P) and sophomore Michael Choice (OF) were all named to the first team while senior Ryan Robinson (P) was selected third team All-Conference and sophomore catcher Chad Comer was an honorable mention pick.
UT Arlington's four first team selections are the most by any team in the conference. The last time UT Arlington had four players named first team All-Conference was in 1992. The Mavericks had been without a first team selection since 2006.
Choice, Otteman and Kainer all finished the regular season ranking in the top five in the SLC in batting average while Long led the SLC with 96 strikeouts.
The Southland Conference Player and Hitter of the Year awards went to Paul Goldschmidt (Texas State), the Pitcher of the Year was awarded to Kane Holbrooks (Texas State) while Freshman of the Year went to Eric Harrington (Lamar) and Newcomer of the Year awarded to Keith Prestridge (Texas State). The SLC Coach of the Year was given to Ty Harrington, who led Texas State to the SLC regular season championship with a 24-7 league mark.
Choice (Mansfield, Texas) earns his second All-Conference award after earning second team honors as a freshman. He is batting .407 with 87 hits, 12 doubles, 11 home runs and 52 RBI. Choice was last season's SLC Freshman of the Year.
Otteman (Lockport, Ill.), the SLC regular season batting champion, is batting .433 with 91 hits, 15 doubles, eight triples, seven home runs and leads the team with 65 RBI. Otteman's .433 clip currently ranks second in UTA single-season history. Otteman opened his senior year with a 26-game hit streak, which tied the school record at the start of the season. He leads the Mavericks in six offensive categories and has posted a team-best 32 multi-hit games and 15 multiple RBI performances.
Otteman has been impressive on the mound as well with a 3-1 record and 4.00 ERA in 18.0 innings of work. Otteman has struck out 33 batters to a tune of 16.5 strikeouts/9 innings pitched.
Kainer (Conroe, Texas) broke the UT Arlington and Southland Conference record with a 36-game hit streak, which is the longest in the NCAA Division I this season. Kainer is batting .412 with 80 hits, 23 doubles (school record), five home runs and has 44 RBI. He is also the team leader with 14-of-16 stolen bases.
Long (Fort Worth, Texas) leads the SLC with 96 strikeouts and has a team-best 3.75 ERA in 86.1 innings pitched. Long also leads the Mavs with 13 starts, two complete games and has held opponents to a .291 batting average. He is only seven strikeouts away from tying the UT Arlington all-time single-season record, as he is currently tied for third all-time.
Robinson (Southlake, Texas) leads the team with a 6-2 record with 14 appearances (10 starts) in 72.1 innings pitched. Robinson owns a 3.98 ERA with 42 strikeouts and has issued only 12 walks.
Comer (Mansfield, Texas) has been one of the top defensive catchers in the league this season while throwing out 36-of-64 (56%) would-be base stealers this season. Comer has committed only three errors behind the plate this season. Comer is currently batting .269 with 15 doubles, one homer and 31 RBI.