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Arkansas Baseball Notebook – April 20

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Arkansas Baseball Notebook – April 20

Arkansas Baseball Notebook

April 19, 2009Week: 2-3 – Overall Record: 26-11 – SEC Record: 11-6

Tuesday, April 14: La.-Monroe 3, Arkansas 2Wednesday, April 15: Arkansas 10, La.-Monroe 9 (10 innings)Friday, April 17: Georgia 4, Arkansas 3Saturday, April 18: Georgia 4, Arkansas 3Sunday, April 19: Arkansas 2, Georgia 0

Noting the RazorbacksArkansas (26-11, 11-4 SEC) was a disappointing 2-3 on the week, its first losing week of the season … The Razorbacks played four one-run games and a two-run game … Arkansas split a midweek series with Louisiana-Monroe, then took the third of three games from No. 1 Georgia … The Razorbacks are now 3-2 this season against teams ranked No. 1 in one or more of the national polls … The Razorbacks remain atop the SEC Western Division with their 11-4 conference record … After earning its first ever No. 1 ranking, Arkansas dropped to No. 5 in Collegiate Baseball and ranked from No. 5 to No. 12 in the national polls and rankings … In the Louisiana-Monroe series the Razorbacks dropped a 3-2 decision on Tuesday but rebounded on Wednesday thanks to Scott Lyons walk-off two-run home run in the bottom of the 10th … Arkansas would then lose a pair of games to No. 1 Georgia on base hits in the bottom of the ninth inning … Sophomore Brett Eibner was sensational on Sunday afternoon on the mound as he tossed a complete game one-hitter against a potent Georgia offense … Eibner’s complete game shutout was the first by a Razorback since Nick Schmidt threw one against Alabama in 2007 and the one hitter was the first by a Razorback in more than 12 years (3/29/96) … Eibner posted career bests for innings pitched, strikeouts, walks and hits and his 12 strikeouts were the most by a Razorback pitcher since Jess Todd fanned 17 on May 23, 2007 … Eibner’s shutout of Georgia was the first time in over two years that the Bulldogs had failed to score and was Arkansas’ first against an SEC opponent since April 1, 1994 … Arkansas now has three shutouts on the season, the most since it shutout six opponents during the 2007 campaign … The Razorbacks got great starting pitching all weekend against the Bulldogs as Friday night starter Dallas Keuchel tossed seven innings and allowed three runs on a home run in the first, but kept Georgia off balance the rest of the way … Saturday starter T.J. Forrest was very effective over six innings of work as he allowed just two runs on a home run … At the plate, Chase Leavitt led the way with six hits over the five games including two doubles and his first home run while scoring twice and driving in a team best four RBI … Andy Wilkins continues to wield a hot bat despite getting pitched around as he had four hits for the week and batted .308 while walking six times and belting his team leading 11th home run … The Razorbacks continue their seven-game road swing on Tuesday when they play Oral Roberts in Tulsa, Okla., before traveling to Tennessee to take on the Tennessee Volunteers.

Pitcher of the Week NomineeBrett Eibner * Sophomore * RHPHouston, Texas/The Woodlands High School* In two starts he was 1-0 on the week including a complete game one-hit shutout of the No. 1 ranked Georgia Bulldogs in Athens, Ga.* Against the Bulldogs, one of the nation’s most potent offenses, he tossed Arkansas’ first one-hitter in more than 12 years (Richie Nye vs. S.C. on March 29, 1996).* His complete-game shutout was the first since MLB first-round draft pick Nick Schmidt tossed one against Alabama on May 23, 2007.* His one-hit shutout was the first time Georgia has been kept off the scoreboard in more than two years (April 8, 2007) and the first time they have been one-hit in nearly 15 (April 20, 1994)* Eibner’s 12 strikeouts were the most by a Razorback pitcher since Jess Todd struck out 17 batters on May 23, 2007 and the first time a Razorback pitcher stuck out 12 since Todd on May 18, 2007 against Ole Miss.* Eibner’s shutout was the first by Arkansas against an SEC opponent on the road since the Hogs blanked Vanderbilt on April 1, 1994.* His nine innings of work, 12 strikeouts, one hit and zero walks were all career bests.* He posted a 1.50 ERA for the week allowing six hits and two runs over 12 innings of work.* Dropped his season ERA nearly a point from 3.51 to 2.60 with the effort on Sunday against Georgia.* Held opponents to just a .154 batting average against him.* Pitched just three innings in his first start of the week as he was on a pitch count.* In Eibner’s last five outings he has allowed just four runs and kept opponents off the scoreboard in three of those games.

 ERA W-L APP GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR AB B/Avg WP HBP BK SFA SHAThis Week 1.50 1-0 2 2 1 1/0 0 12.0 6 2 2 5 13 2 0 1 39 .154 0 0 0 0 0
Season 2.60 4-2 9 9 1 1/2 0 34.2 22 11 10 15 39 6 0 1 116 .190 1 2 1 0 1 

Tuesday, April 21: Arkansas at Oral Roberts, 6:35 p.m.Friday, April 24: Arkansas at Tennessee, 6 p.m.Saturday, April 25: Arkansas at Tennessee, 3 p.m.Sunday, April 26: Arkansas at Tennessee, Noon



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