May 19, 2010
Texas State Game Notes
ARLINGTON, Texas -
UT Arlington wraps up regular season and Southland Conference action this weekend with a three-game series at Texas State, May 20-22, in San Marcos. The Mavericks are in fifth place in the standings, sitting three games ahead of Lamar and one game out of fourth place (Northwestern State) and 1.5 games behind Stephen F. Austin for third. One victory would guarantee the Mavs at least a No. 5 seed at the SLC Tournament. UT Arlington is 6-4 in Southland Conference series this season.
INSIDE THE SERIES
UT Arlington and Texas State meet for the 23rd consecutive season with the Bobcats leading the all-time series, 47-32. Texas State owns a 23-13 advantage in San Marcos. The Bobcats have dominated the head-to-head series as of late winning 11 of the last 13 meetings. UTA and Texas State split a two-game series last year in Arlington, with the third game of the series getting rained out. The Bobcats took two out of three over the Mavericks in the last series played in San Marcos in 2008.
First Pitch: Thurs: 6:30 p.m., Fri: 6:30 p.m., Sat: 1 p.m.
All-Time Series TXST leads, 47-32
Last Meeting UTA defeated TXST, 14-6
Arlington, Texas (5/15/09)
Stadium Bobcat Baseball Stadium (2,400)
Dimensions: 330 (LF), 405 (CF), 330 (RF)
Live Stats (GameTracker) www.utamavs.com
Press Box (512) 245-2363
UT ARLINGTON MAVERICKS
Overall Record: 26-27
Conference Record: 18-12
Home Record: 16-14
Away Record: 10-13
Neutral Record: 0-0
Last 5/Last 10: 1-4/5-5
Streak: Lost 1
Rankings: BA: NR/CB: NR/NCBWA: NR/ESPN: NR
Head Coach: Darin Thomas
Career Record: 82-84 (3rd year)
Record at UTA: 82-84 (3rd year)
TEXAS STATE BOBCATS
Overall Record: 32-19
Conference Record: 21-9
Home Record: 19-4
Away Record: 13-13
Neutral Record: 0-2
Last 5/Last 10: 2-3/5-5
Streak: Won 1
Rankings: BA: NR/CB: NR/NCBWA: NR/ESPN: NR
Head Coach: Ty Harrington
Career Record: 369-271 (11th year)
Record at School: 369-271 (11th year)
Thursday, May 20
Pitcher W-L ERA K/BB
Jason Mitchell (RHP) 6-4 3.56 105/24
Carson Smith (RHP) 8-3 2.83 84/23
Friday, May 21
Pitcher W-L ERA K/BB
Rett Varner (RHP) 6-5 4.11 83/23
Michael Russo (RHP) 4-1 4.24 44/29
Saturday, May 22
Pitcher W-L ERA K/BB
Logan Bawcom (RHP) 5-4 4.14 78/23
Mitchell Pitts (RHP) 5-1 4.20 30/9
UT ARLINGTON VS. THE SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE
UTA is 348-356 all-time against teams that are current members of the Southland Conference. The Mavs are 32-47 all-time against Texas State with a 13-23 record against the Bobcats in San Marcos. UTA is 416-401 all-time in SLC play, which is the most wins by any member in league history. UTA is in its 41st season of competing in the Southland Conference.
TAKING A LOOK BACK
- - - at Texas A&M: UTA lost its final midweek game of the season 11-7 at Texas A&M (5/18). The Mavs fell in a hole early allowing four runs in the first and six runs in the second to trail 10-1. Preston Beck extended his hit streak to 14 games going 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI. Five UTA players drove in a run as seven Mavs collected base hits. Michael Choice received his nation leading 70th walk while reaching base three times (2 HBP) in five plate appearances. Mark Picca started for the Mavs allowing 10 runs (9 ER) on 11 base hits with two strikeouts in a 2.0 inning start. Brian Watson (4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO) and Calan Pritchard (2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO) combined to pitch the final six innings.
ON THE HORIZON
UT Arlington opens play at the Southland Conference Tournament next Wednesday, May 26. UT Arlington's tournament seed and first-round opponent will be announced following the regular season finale on Saturday.
IF THE SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT STARTED TODAY...
UT Arlington would be the No. 5 seed at the Southland Conference Tournament if the regular season ended today. The Mavericks still have an opportunity (if all things worked out perfectly) to reach second place in the league standings, but it would take a sweep over Texas State and having Northwestern State and Stephen F. Austin to also lose multiple times over the final weekend. More than likely the Mavs will finish in third, fourth or fifth place. The only way the Mavericks could end up as the No. 6 seed is if Texas State swept UTA and Lamar swept Stephen F. Austin.
THE RACE FOR THE SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP
All but two conference series this past weekend ended in sweeps. Southeastern Louisiana (21-9) moved into a tie for first place with Texas State (21-9) after going on the road and sweeping Stephen F. Austin. The Bobcats dropped two out of three at eighth-place Nicholls. Northwestern State (19-10) moved in front of SFA and UT Arlington with a series sweep over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The Lumberjacks (18-11) sit a game ahead of UT Arlington (18-12) in the standings as the Mavericks currently hold down fifth place in the standings. Lamar (15-15) is tied with McNeese State (15-15) for sixth and seventh while Nicholls is two games ahead of UTSA (11-19) for the final spot in the Southland Conference Tournament.
MAVS LOOK TO BREAK SCHOOL RECORD FOR CONFERENCE WINS IN A SEASON
UT Arlington enters the weekend with an 18-12 Southland Conference record. With two wins over Texas State the Mavericks would reach 20 conference wins for the first time in school history. Last season the Mavericks went 19-13 to set the school record for conference wins in a single-season. Last season the Southland Conference increased its amount of league games to 33. The previous two years (2007-2008) teams played 30 conference games and from 1999-2005 the Southland Conference played 28 league games each season.
Preston Beck CONTINUES HIT STREAK - BATTING .519 OVER LAST 14 GAMES
Freshman Preston Beck owns a career-high 14-game hit streak. During his streak, Beck has hit .519 (28-for-54) with 9 runs, 8 doubles, 3 walks and 16 RBI. Beck has raised his batting average 39 points during his streak. Beck is second on the team batting .349 with 33 runs, 10 doubles, three triples, one home run and 34 RBI.
Michael Choice MOVES UP TO NO. 11 ON BASEBALL AMERICA'S 2010 MLB DRAFT TOP 50 LIST
Michael Choice, who was a projected first-round draft pick by Baseball America to start the season, has moved up to No. 11 on the publication's most recent 2010 MLB Draft Top 50 list that was released May 13. Just last month, Choice was tabbed No. 15 on the Baseball America Top 50 Draft list that was released April 21. Choice is the fifth 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. Overall, Choice is the top collegiate outfielder and fourth highest ranked position player. Choice was listed No. 30 on Baseball America's "Projected First-Round Draft Picks list" released on February 14.
Michael Choice BREAKS SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE SINGLE-SEASON WALKS RECORD - 70 WALKS THIS SEASON
Michael Choice broke the Southland Conference single-season walks record as he moved past Lamar's Kerry Christensen who set the previous record of 68 walks in 1982. Choice broke the record in only 52 games this season while Christensen and Lamar played in 64 games in 1982. Choice broke the UTA all-time single-season record in a three-walk effort against Dallas Baptist (5/4). The previous UTA all-time single-season record was 61 walks by former Maverick and Major League shortstop Dave Owen (1978). The all-time NCAA record for walks in a single-season belongs to Coby Kerlin of Texas, who in 1985 (76 games) received 112 walks. Choice is on pace for 74 walks in the Mavs' 56-game regular season schedule.
Jason Mitchell BREAKS UT ARLINGTON SINGLE-SEASON STRIKEOUT RECORD
Jason Mitchell broke the UTA all-time single-season strikeout record with his 105th strikeout of the season which came against Lamar on May 15 at Clay Gould Ballpark. The previous record was set by Nathan Long (104) last season. Mitchell owns 105 strikeouts in 16 appearances (13 starts). Mitchell is averaging 9.6 strikeouts per 9 innings. He leads UTA with a 3.56 ERA in 98.2 innings. He has combined on three shutouts and has two complete-game shutouts this season. he has pitched five complete games in conference play - including three consecutive - and has allowed 98 base hits and 56 runs (39 ER). Mitchell has issued only 24 walks while opponents are batting .259 against him. Last season Nathan Long broke the UTA single-season strikeout record with 104 strikeouts. Long finished his senior season leading the Southland in strikeouts and was drafted in the 26th round by the Oakland Athletics.
Michael Choice CONTINUES STREAK: 65 STRAIGHT GAMES REACHING BASE SAFELY
Michael Choice has reached base safely in 65 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 42 of 53 games. In the 11 games Choice hasn't recorded a base hit he has tallied 20 walks, three hit by pitch and he had four walks against Missouri State (2/26).
Michael Choice IS SEVEN RBI AWAY FROM BREAKING UTA CAREER RECORD
Michael Choice needs seven RBI to break the UT Arlington all-time career record, set by former Maverick four-year letterman Darrell Preston (166, 2001-04). Choice's 160 RBI are the most by a three-year letterman in school history, 30 more than former Maverick and Major League outfielder Daniel Ortmeier (130, 2000-02).
Michael Choice CHASES SLC TRIPLE CROWN, LEADS IN BATTING & HOMERS, THIRD IN RBI
Michael Choice is trying to become the second player in Southland Conference history to capture the league's Triple Crown. Entering the weekend, Choice leads the conference in batting (.397) and home runs (16) and is third in RBI (57). Northwestern State's Eric DeBlanc (.385) is 12 points behind Choice in batting average, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi's Trey Hernandez and UTSA's Ryan Dalton each have 15 home runs and Choice is seven RBI behind Southeastern Louisiana's Justin Boudreaux (64) for the conference lead. Only McNeese State's Jeff Gremillion (.391, 13, 50) has ever won the league's Triple Crown (1989). If Choice were to lead the league in home runs and RBI, he would be the first player since UTA's Ryan Roberts (.422, 16 HR) in 2003 to lead the league in both categories. Overall, there have been five players in Southland Conference history to lead the league in home runs and batting average in the same season.
Michael Choice LEADS NATION IN WALKS - 70 WALKS IN 53 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 70 walks in 53 games played. Rice's Anthony Rendon and East Carolina's Kyle Roller are second behind Choice with 56 walks each. Choice has 19 games where he has received multiple walks, including eight three-walk games and one game with four walks. He has been walked at least once in 24 of his last 26 games and in 30 of the last 33 games. He already has 41 more walks than he did a year ago when he led the team with 29. Choice's 70 walks are a Southland Conference and UTA single-season record. Choice has now been walked or hit by pitch in 44 of his last 107 plate appearances.
Michael Choice: UT ARLINGTON HOME RUN KING
Michael Choice broke the UT Arlington all-time career home run record this season and now has 34 for his career. Choice has hit 34 home runs in 12 ballparks, including six in Southland ballparks and three at Big 12 stadiums. He has hit 18 on the road and 16 at Clay Gould Ballpark. Choice has hit home runs against 21 opponents and against 33 different pitchers. The only pitcher to allow a pair to Choice is Central Arkansas' Bobby Pritchett (4/18/09). He has hit 13 solo homers, nine two-run home runs, nine three-run homers and three grand slams.
Jason Mitchell IS FIRST MAVERICK SINCE 2001 TO HAVE TWO SHUTOUTS IN SOUTHLAND PLAY
Jason Mitchell has a pair of complete-game shutouts in Southland Conference play this season becoming the first Maverick since 2001 (Pierce Loveless) to have two shutouts in SLC play. Mitchell tossed a three-hit complete-game shutout with nine strikeouts against Nicholls (4/1) and tallied seven strikeouts with a three-hit complete-game shutout against Stephen F. Austin (5/7).
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 66-7 under Thomas when leading after six innings. In fact, UTA is 20-1 this season when leading after six innings and was 23-3 last season.