Tuesday, March 6, 2012

HI NOTES: UNO Mavericks, Tweets, MizzouTube

GAME DAY

The University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks come into Taylor Stadium with a 2-9 record to date in 2012.

The Mavs' team batting average is only .238, but that's .03 higher than MU's .235.  On the other hand, MU's average moved up to .235 from .209 over the weekend.

Their team ERA is 5.99, which is considerably uglier than Mizzou's 4.20.  An interesting stat:  the average UNO starter has gone only 4 to 4-/13 innings before being replaced - even when they were doing well.  Andrew Reck, the likely starter tonight, has pitched twice for 4.0 innings and 4.2 innings, with an ERA of 5.19.

Tuesday Game Time Forecast
from Weather.com
64° / WINDY
2012 is the Mavericks' first season in the Division I ranks.  Their schedule includes 42 games on the road, and the few games they play in Omaha are not at their home stadium (they don't have one).  UN-O had built a solid Division II program that had a string of seven straight trips to the national tournament snapped after a 35-20 finish last year. The Mavs reached the Division II World Series in 2007.

Their roster is made up almost entirely of players who were originally recruited to play D-II Baseball.  But these were players who were attracted to a highly successful D-II program.  The Mavs do return the top four hitters, in terms of batting average, from last season, in shortstop Brady Hohl (.408, five homers, 35 RBIs, 15 stolen bases), second baseman Caleb Palensky (.366, four homers, 36 RBIs) and outfielders Mark Waldron (.364, 32 RBIs) and Connor McCrite (.359). Hohl (Alaska Baseball League All-Star) and Palensky (All-Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League) are among the Mavs who had standout seasons on the summer circuit.

WORD ON THE TWEET

@SchoonySays (UNO pitcher Steven Schoonover):
I once told an ump that called a balk on me that I would murder his family #stillabalk?
@kgib44 (Kyle Gibson):
First day at 60' today. Arm felt good but accuracy was not exactly on point, better luck tomorrow hopefully! Have a good week everyone!
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