Overall Record: 6-0
This Week’s Record: 3-0
February 21 – No. 25 Arkansas 6, Eastern Illinois 2
February 22 – No. 25 Arkansas 8, Eastern Illinois 3
February 23 – No. 25 Arkansas 8, Eastern Illinois 3
February 28, 3:05 p.m. – No. 25 Arkansas vs. South Alabama – Baum Stadium
March 1, 12:05 p.m. – No. 25 Arkansas vs. South Alabama – Baum Stadium
March 2, 1:05 p.m. – No. 25 Arkansas vs. South Alabama – Baum Stadium
Player of the Week:
Notes: Brian Anderson
led Arkansas with five RBI in the sweep vs. Eastern Illinois. He also scored three runs and hit his first home run of the season, a three-run shot to left-center field that put Saturday’s 8-3 win out of reach in the bottom of the eighth inning. Anderson continued his hot hitting after leading the conference in hits after the opening weekend, adding four more to raise his team-leading hits total to 11 and his team-high batting average to .458. He has reached base safely in all six games this season and has recorded at least one hit and at least one RBI in five games. He hit an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning Sunday that tied the game 3-3 and was intentionally walked his next time up in a 4-3 game that was broken open when the next batter hit a bases-clearing double for a 7-3 Arkansas lead.
Pitcher of the Week:
Notes: Jalen Beeks
continued his season-opening dominance on the mound with 5.2 shutout innings to give Arkansas a victory in the series-opening game vs. Eastern Illinois. Beeks allowed just three hits and recorded five strikeouts while extending his scoreless streak to 11.2 innings. Beeks is the first Razorback starting pitcher to record at least 11.2 scoreless innings to begin a season since 2006, when Nick Schmidt threw 16.1 innings before allowing his first run. Beeks earned his second win in as many starts after departing with a 6-0 lead in a 6-2 victory. He has allowed just six hits, including only one double that is his only extra-base hit allowed, this season for an opponent batting average of .158. He leads an Arkansas starting rotation that has allowed just three earned runs in 27.2 innings pitched this season for an earned-run average of 0.98.
Freshman of the Week:
Notes: True freshman Andrew Benintendi
led the Razorbacks with a .455 batting average, five hits and five runs scored in the three-game sweep vs. Eastern Illinois. He had at least one hit, one run scored and one RBI in all three games. He also was hit by a pitch and walked once to up his team-leading on-base percentage to .538 this season. He recorded his first collegiate hit Friday with an RBI double and continued a torrid pace throughout the weekend with his five hits that included three doubles and one home run. His first homer as a Razorback gave Arkansas a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning Sunday and gave him his first of three runs scored in the final game of the series. Benintendi is just the second Razorback since May of 2012 to score three runs in one game.
• Arkansas has swept its first two three-game series of the season for the first time since 2011.
• Arkansas’ starting pitchers have allowed three earned runs in 27.2 innings pitched so far this season, an earned-run average of 0.98.
• Arkansas scored 77 percent of its runs in the fifth inning or later during the series, including nine runs in the eighth inning. The Razorbacks scored five in the eighth Saturday to break a 3-3 tie on their way to an 8-3 win and scored four Sunday to open up a 4-3 game to an 8-3 final.
• Arkansas was hit by a pitch seven times during the weekend, extending the Razorbacks’ SEC-leading total to 19 through the first six games this season. The Razorbacks have had at least one hit by pitch in every game so far this season. Arkansas was hit by a pitch 36 times in 61 games last season.
Arkansas took a season-high eight walks Sunday, led by Blake Baxendale
• With its weekend sweep, Arkansas improved to 21-1 all-time against Eastern Illinois. The Razorbacks have won 15 in a row against the Panthers.
• Andrew Benintendi
scored three runs Sunday, tying for the single-game team high this season. Michael Bernal
scored three runs Saturday and was the first Razorback with a three-run game since 2012.
• Tyler Spoon
recorded his second three-RBI game of the season Sunday and is tied with Brian Anderson
for the most among Razorbacks in 2014.
• Eric Fisher
’s steal of home Friday was the first by a Razorback since May 4, 2011, when Matt Reynolds
stole home vs. Southeast Missouri State.
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