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Arkansas Baseball Hosts Alabama For Three Game

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Arkansas Baseball Hosts Alabama For Three Game

Series: Alabama leads 27-11. The Crimson Tide has won four straight.

Game Times:
Friday – 6:35 p.m.
Saturday – 2:05 p.m.
Sunday – 12:35 p.m.

Last Meeting: Alabama completed a series sweep of the Razorbacks in 2003 with a 14-2 win in the Sunday finale. The Crimson Tide won the opening game of the series 10-2 and the second game 6-3. Alabama outscored the Razorbacks 30-7 in the series and pounded out 40 hits to Arkansas’ 20.

Rankings: Neither team is ranked.

Head Coaches
Arkansas

Dave Van Horn (Arkansas, 1988) is in his second season as head coach of the Razorbacks. Van Horn has a career record of 638-271 overall and 52-32 at Arkansas and is in his 16th season as a head coach.

Alabama
Jim Wells is in his 15th season as a head coach and 10th with the Crimson Tide. He has a career record of 619-274 and record at Alabama of 427-185.

Noting the Razorbacks
The Razorbacks are 1-9 in games decided by two runs or less against Alabama. . . .Arkansas is 7-11 against the Tide in Fayetteville. . . .Alabama has outscored Arkansas 43-23 in the last six games. . . .The Razorbacks are hitting .291 with runners in scoring position and have held opponents to a .217 average. . . .Clay Goodwin owns the longest current hitting streak at seven games. . . .Blake Parker is hitting .328 (20-for-61) in the last 20 games with 10 RBI. . . .The Razorback bullpen has a 3.87 ERA in 176.2 innings of work this season with an 11-9 record and five saves. . . .Arkansas relief pitchers have inherited 26 base runners and allowed eight to score. . . .Razorback opponents have scored first in six of the last seven games. . . .Arkansas is 4-3 in those contests. . . .The Razorbacks are 5-5 against ranked teams this season and 6-6 against teams that appeared in the 2003 NCAA Regionals. . . .Right-handed batters are hitting .276 against Clint Brannon while lefties are hitting .258. . . .Brannon is coming off his strongest showing of the season last Friday when he went 7.0 innings allowing three runs, two earned, on eight hits vs. No. 4 South Carolina. . . .Brannon did not earn a decision in the Hogs’ win.

Arkansas 26th In Pseudo RPI’s
The Razorbacks moved up from 41st to 26th in the latest edition of the pseudo RPI’s posted by www.boydsworld.com. Arkansas was 53rd prior to its series at Florida, but moved up 12 spots to 41st following the series. The Razorbacks then jumped to 26th following their series win over No. 4 South Carolina. Arkansas is seventh among SEC teams in the RPI poll. Alabama, the Hogs’ next opponent, is ranked 51st in the RPI.

Van Horn vs. Ranked Teams
Since being named head coach in 2003, Dave Van Horn and the Razorbacks have played 27 games against nationally ranked teams. Arkansas has a 11-16 record under Van Horn in those games. The Hogs went 6-11 against ranked teams in 2003 with wins over No. 17 Kansas, No. 6 South Carolina, No. 5 Auburn and No. 8 LSU. This season, the Razorbacks have wins against No. 14 Texas A&M, No. 12 Florida and No. 4 South Carolina.

Arkansas vs. Alabama
The Crimson Tide has dominated the series against the Razorbacks. Arkansas has only a pair of series wins over Alabama with those coming in 1994 when the Hogs swept the Tide and in 1995 when Arkansas won two of three games. Alabama has won 21 of the last 24 games against the Razorbacks including 11 of the last 12. The Tide is 9-3 in the last three series at Baum Stadium.

Goodwin Successful In Return To Lineup
Junior Clay Goodwin didn’t have much rust to shake off after missing 11 games with a broken bone in his hand. After a defensive cameo at first base against Florida, Goodwin was in the starting lineup for all three games against South Carolina. The Benton, Ark., native hit .455 (5-for-11) against the Gamecocks with a double and only one strikeout. Goodwin was also flawless in the field at third base. Goodwin broke the hook of the hamate bone in his right hand on Feb. 29 against Texas A&M. He underwent surgery immediately following the injury and had the stitches removed on March 15.



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