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Q & A with Jason Mitchell

Mitchell broke the UTA single season strikeout record on May 15 against Lamar.

 
Mitchell broke the UTA single season strikeout record on May 15 against Lamar.
 

May 18, 2010

By Josh Bowe for utamavs.com

ARLINGTON, Texas - If it wasn't already known, Jason Mitchell is having a pretty good season. The senior right-handed pitcher is 6-4 with a 3.56 ERA and 105 strikeouts, a UT Arlington single season record.

Mitchell has also picked up plenty of hardware this season. Most recently he netted his second CBI Central Region Pitcher of the Week. The award takes into account all pitchers from schools regardless of division. So Mitchell beat out pitchers from the Big 12 and Conference USA.

Most recently UTAMAVS.com's Josh Bowe caught up with Mitchell to talk about the season, the awards and how the Mavericks will finish off the stretch run.

Josh Bowe: It seems like you try to go nine innings every start. (Mitchell has five complete games on the year) How's your arm holding up at this point of the season?

Jason Mitchell: The arm feels good. I just like throwing. I was just trying to tell my coach in summer ball to not take me out so I could pitch every third day. I feel like I could go every day.

JB: You've been picking up a lot of awards recently such as a Southland Conference Pitcher of the Week and the CBI Central Region Pitcher of the Week. You've almost been picking up a new award every week. Something you could get used to?

JM: It's a pretty cool thing (laughs). It's a nice honor to receive these awards and get recognition. I've never really received a whole lot of awards besides end of the year things in high school. I kind of go with the flow and go with the next game. It's nice to wake up on Monday or Tuesday and get a text saying you got another award.

This was a pretty tough weekend on you guys pitching wise. How are you going to rebound from that?

JM: You just have to forget about it. Just pretend like it didn't happen or don't let it affect you for the next game.

JB: These last two teams you've played have some pretty challenging lineups, especially Stephen F. Austin. Was that one of the tougher lineups you've faced all year?

JM: They didn't get to me (laughs, Mitchell threw a complete game shutout against SFA on May 7). I had to use my cutter a lot more and off-speed a lot in hitters counts to not let them be comfortable in the box.

JB: In the Southland a lot of teams are really tight in the standings. What's it going to take to separate yourself from the pack this last weekend?

JM: Being motivated to go out there at the end of the season. Most of the teams have a bid to the tournament so now it's about who wants it to compete these last few games.

JB: How much does it help to have Chad Comer behind the plate for you?

JM: Chad's great. He's definitely one of the best catchers I've thrown to, He knows what he's doing. I can throw my curveball in the dirt and I know he's going to stop it. It's nice to know you have a wall behind the plate.

Mitchell and the Mavericks play the Texas A&M Aggies tonight in college station at 6:35 p.m. UTA will wrap up it's season in San Marcos at Texas State this weekend. The Southland Conference Tournament starts May 26.

 

 

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