After dropping their 5th home game of the regular season this past weekend, the Frogs return to the safety of the road (where they're 4-0) tonight when they take their shortest road trip of the year to take on the UTA Mavericks over in Arlington at 6:30pm.
Andrew Mitchell will make his third career start, reclaiming the midweek duty that had been handed to fellow freshman Stefan Crichton the past few Tuesdays. In Mitchell's first two starts (at Baylor on February 22 and vs. Fullerton on February 27) he's combined for 11 & 2/3 scoreless innings, giving up just 3 hits and striking out 6. Overall, he's got an ERA of 0.48 in 5 appearances.
Adam Westbrook, a junior from Gilmer with an ERA of 6.23, will make his first start of the year for UTA as they try to take down TCU for the first time since 2004.
The Maverick lineup Mitchell will face is hitting .306 as a team, led by true freshman Ryan Walker. The former infielder at Arlington Martin (guess he didn't want to venture far from home for college?) has started every game this year and is hitting .429. By comparison- Brance Rivera, TCU's hottest hitter in the early part of the season, is hitting .426. Three other full-time starters are hitting above .339 for the Mavs, so they are a bit dangerous at the plate.
If there are any long-time Rangers fans such as myself out there, I'll leave you with this trivia question. UTA outfielder Philip Incaviglia has an uncle that used to play for the Rangers: can you name him? (Hint: it's not Otis Nixon)