Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Frogs @ UTA tonight

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)

10 comments:

DCfrog said...
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John Lamberth said...

Don't know for sure if Ryan Walker played varsity with Jantzen (who graduated Martin in '08), but he did play with current Frog true freshman Tony Rizzotti last year.

Lyle Lanley said...

Good call, John. I incorrectly assumed that a player batting .429 as a true freshman must've played 3 years on varsity. My bad- I'll fix it.

BuckNasty said...

Pete

John Lamberth said...

He may have played 3 years of Varsity. The kid had 58 hits in 2009 (Junior Year) which ties Jantzen for 4th all-time in Martin History. He had 53 hits in 2010 (he's the only Martin player to have multiple 50+ hit seasons). Oh... and in that same 2009 season? He became the only Martin player to finish the season batting .500+ (.513... 2nd place in former AL Rookie of the Year Ben Grieve with .486). Last year he finished the season hitting a lousy .431.
I can't find his pre-Junior Year info. On the one hand, it wouldn't surprise me if he made Varsity his sophomore year, but on the other hand, Martin is a tough program and making Varsity isn't easy.
Still, I'm less worried about his former teammates and more interested in why he chose UTA over TCU. Although, we did at least get Rizzotti, one of two players from Martin that were drafted last year (Brian Ragira was the other, but he chose Stanford over the Rangers).

LENEtown Fizzle said...

dickie thon?

BuckNasty said...

Mancrush?

John Lamberth said...

DAMMIT!

Spit Purple said...

Dallas Baptist, Houston Baptist and now UTA.

We may soon be saying "this is going to be a long season" instead of "no need to panic, it's a long season".

Time to pull your collective head out of your ass before conference play begins this weekend.

CrabblerK3 said...

Yeesh.