Overall Record: 7-2
This Week’s Record: 1-2
This Week’s Results:
February 28 – No. 24 Arkansas 12, South Alabama 1
March 1 – South Alabama 2, No. 24 Arkansas 1
March 1 – South Alabama 5, No. 24 Arkansas 3
Upcoming Games (All Times Central):
March 7, 4:30 p.m. – No. 24 Arkansas vs. San Francisco – Berkeley, Calif.
March 8, 3:30 p.m. – No. 24 Arkansas vs. Tulane – Berkeley, Calif.
March 9, 3 p.m. – No. 24 Arkansas at California – Berkeley, Calif. (doubleheader)
Player of the Week:
Notes: Joe Serrano
led Arkansas with a .538 batting average, seven hits, three doubles and four RBI while tying for the team lead with three runs scored in the series vs. South Alabama. In the series opener Friday, Serrano had a career day at the plate by recording single-game career highs with four hits, three doubles and four RBI. He added a walk, reaching base in all five of his plate appearances. Serrano is the first student-athlete in the SEC this season with three doubles in a game and the first since May 14, 2013. He became the first Razorback with three doubles in a game since April 8, 2007, the first with four RBI in a game since April 22, 2012 and the first with four hits since May 18, 2012. He is the only Razorback to have reached base in all nine games this season and has a career-long 12-game streak of reaching base dating back to last season.
Pitcher of the Week:
Notes: Jalen Beeks
earned the win in Friday’s series opener vs. South Alabama by allowing just one run on three hits in 6.0 innings pitched. He struck out six for the second consecutive start to increase his season total to 17 in 17.2 innings pitched. He tied his single-game career highs in innings pitched and strikeouts. Beeks allowed his first run of the season with two outs in the second inning, and his streak of 13.1 scoreless innings to open the season was the longest by a Razorback since Nick Schmidt’s 16.1 in 2006. Beeks has an earned-run average of 0.51 and opponents are batting just .155 against him. He has allowed nine total hits with one double being the only extra-base hit off of him this season. He leads Arkansas in wins, strikeouts and innings pitched.
Freshman of the Week:
Notes: True freshman Zach Jackson
gave Arkansas 2.2 no-hit innings out of the bullpen in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader vs. South Alabama. He helped lead Arkansas’ relief pitchers that gave up no earned runs over 13.1 innings pitched during the series. Jackson struck out two, increasing his season total to nine strikeouts in 8.2 innings pitched. He has allowed zero earned runs in those 8.2 innings, and opponents are batting just .071 with him on the mound. He has thrown the most innings in relief this season among Razorbacks, and his nine strikeouts rank third on the team.
• During the series, nine Arkansas relief pitchers did not allow an earned run in 13.1 innings pitched.
• Arkansas was hit by a pitch four times during the week, extending the Razorbacks’ SEC-leading total to 23 through the first nine games this season. The Razorbacks have had at least one hit by pitch in eight games and multiple hit by pitches in seven games. Arkansas was hit by a pitch 36 times in 61 games last season.
The Razorbacks have outscored their opponents 65-27 so far this season. This marks the fifth straight year and 11th time in 12 seasons under head coach Dave Van Horn
with at least 65 runs scored through the first nine games. The 27 runs allowed are the fourth-lowest total for Arkansas under Coach Van Horn.
Arkansas started 7-0 for the fifth time under head coach Dave Van Horn
, who has won seven of his first nine games in each of his 12 seasons in charge of the program.
• The Razorbacks scored six runs or more in the first seven games of a season for the fourth time in program history and the first time since 1997. Arkansas also opened the 1996 and 1960 seasons with at least seven straight games of six runs or more.
• The Razorbacks recorded a season-high 14 hits Friday, Arkansas’ highest hit total since May 18, 2012.
• Arkansas scored five runs in the third inning of Friday’s game, matching the team’s season high for an inning. The Razorbacks also scored five runs in the eighth inning of their 8-3 win vs. Eastern Illinois on Feb. 22.
• James Teague
and Chris Falwell
made their Arkansas debut in Friday’s game, becoming the 15th and 16th Razorbacks to debut this season. Arkansas entered the season with 27 student-athletes who had not appeared in a game for Arkansas, the highest number in the SEC.
• Brian Anderson
made his 100th collegiate start in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader.
• Joe Serrano
extended his reached-base streak to a career-long 12 games and is the only Razorback to reach base in all nine games this season.
• Joe Serrano
led Arkansas with a .538 batting average, seven hits including three doubles, and four RBI during the series.
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