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Arkansas baseball weekly notebook

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Arkansas baseball weekly notebook

Overall Record: 19-2, 3-0 SEC
Last Week’s Record: 5-0, 3-0 SEC
Recent Results: March 13 — No. 4 Arkansas 1, Gonzaga 0 March 14 — No. 4 Arkansas 5, Gonzaga 3 March 16 — No. 4 Arkansas 4, Alabama 3 — 12 Innings March 17 — No. 4 Arkansas 8, Alabama 4 March 18 — No. 4 Arkansas 7, Alabama 4
Upcoming Games: March 20, 6:35 p.m. — No. 4 Arkansas vs. Nevada — Baum Stadium March 21, 6:35 p.m. — No. 4 Arkansas vs. Nevada — Baum Stadium March 23, 6:30 p.m. — No. 4 Arkansas at No. 21 Mississippi State — Starkville, Miss. March 24, 2 p.m. — No. 4 Arkansas at No. 21 Mississippi State — Starkville, Miss. March 25, 12 p.m. — No. 4 Arkansas at No. 21 Mississippi State — Starkville, Miss. **Game televised on FSN/SportSouth**
Player of the Week Nominee: Matt Vinson — OF — 6-2 — 210 — Alma, Ark.

Opponent (W/L)ABRHBBAvg.RBI2B3BHRSB/SBA
vs. Gonzaga (W, 1-0)0000.00000000/0
vs. Gonzaga (W, 5-3)0000.00000000/0
vs. Alabama (W, 4-3)3103.00000000/0
vs. Alabama (W, 8-4)3021.33321000/0
vs. Alabama (W, 7-4)3112.33320000/0
WEEKLY TOTALS9236.33341000/0

Notes (School Records, Career Highs, Season Highs, etc.): Arkansas outfielder Matt Vinson hit .333 with four RBI and six walks and also made a highlight reel catch to lead the Razorbacks to a series sweep over Alabama … Vinson also had a .600 on-base percentage and a .444 slugging percentage … In the series opener, Vinson made an amazing catch in the top of the first inning, robbing a two-run home run from Alabama’s Josh Rosecrans … Vinson raced back to the left field fence, scaled the wall and reached his left arm over the fence and made the grab … The play received national attention as it was the No. 1 play on SportsCenter’s top 10 plays on Saturday night and Sunday morning … Along with his highlight reel catch, Vinson walked three times in the series opener against the Crimson Tide, including drawing a walk to load the bases in Arkansas’ game-winning rally in the 12th inning … Vinson went 2-for-3 with two RBI in the second game of the series and went 1-for-3 with two RBI and two walks in the series finale on Sunday.
Pitcher of the Week Nominee: Barrett Astin — RHP — 6-1 — 200 — Forrest City, Ark.

OpponentGWLShOSVIPHRERERABBSO
vs. Gonzaga (W, 1-0)100011.20000.0001
vs. Gonzaga (W, 5-3)100011.01000.0000
vs. Alabama (W, 4-3)110003.13000.0013
vs. Alabama (W, 7-4)100011.00000.0000
WEEKLY TOTALS410037.04000.0014

Notes (School Records, Career Highs, Season Highs, etc.): Sophomore pitcher Barrett Astin pitched in four games on the week, earning three saves and recording a win … In his four appearances, Astin threw seven shutout innings, allowing four hits and striking out four … Opened the week by recording a save in each game of the Gonzaga series, throwing 2.2 innings in the two games and allowing just one hit … In the series opener against Alabama, Astin pitched 3.1 innings in relief and earned the win, striking out three and allowing just three hits … Closed out Arkansas’ sweep of the Crimson Tide on Sunday by throwing a perfect ninth inning to earn his third save of the week … For the season, Astin leads the Razorbacks with six saves and is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA … Astin has thrown 20 scoreless innings, striking out 23 and holding the opposition to a .092 batting average.
Team Notes: The fourth-ranked Arkansas baseball team went 5-0 on the week, sweeping a two-game midweek series against Gonzaga and winning all three games from Alabama in the first SEC series of 2012. The Razorbacks, currently on a season-best, nine-game winning streak are 19-2 on the season and 3-0 in league play. Arkansas’ 19-2 start is the team’s best since the 2005 team opened the season with a 20-2 mark. As a team, Arkansas hit .247 on the week, while the Razorback pitching staff compiled a 2.06 ERA. The Razorbacks drew 35 walks in the five games, including 28 in the three-game series against Alabama. Jacob Morris hit a team-best .429 during the week with four doubles and two RBI. Morris also had five walks, posting a .579 on-base percentage. Dominic Ficociello batted .333 over the five games with a homer, an RBI, six runs scored and seven walks. Ficociello’s seventh inning home run against Gonzaga on Tuesday night was the only run of the game. Matt Vinson hit .333 with four RBI, two runs scored and six walks. Along with his exploits at the plate, Vinson turned in an unbelievable catch in the first game of the weekend series against Alabama, robbing a two-run home run in the first inning by climbing the left field wall and reaching his left arm over the fence to make the catch. The play received national attention as it was the No. 1 play on SportsCenter’s top 10 plays on Saturday night and Sunday morning. Sam Bates hit .364 with two RBI and a pair of runs scored. Matt Reynolds batted .313 with four RBI, five runs scored and six walks. On the mound, Barrett Astin pitched in four of Arkansas’ five games on the week, picking up three saves and a win. Astin pitched seven innings on the week, giving up just four hits and striking out four. Brandon Moore pitched in two games and had a win and a save. Moore threw 6.1 innings, allowing two unearned runs with a pair of strikeouts. Ryne Stanek improved his record to 5-0 by winning the middle game of the series against Alabama, striking out four and allowing two runs in 5.2 innings. The win by Stanek extended his winning streak to seven games. Cade Lynch pitched in three games on the week and had a 1.69 ERA, giving up a run and striking out three in 5.1 innings. DJ Baxendale started the series opener against the Crimson Tide and pitched 5.1 innings with just one run allowed and four strikeouts. Nolan Sanburn and Colby Suggs each picked up a win during the week and had a 3.38 ERA. Trent Daniel and Chris Oliver started the midweek games against Gonzaga and did not allow a run. Daniel tossed two shutout innings with a strikeout, while Oliver did not allow a run in 3.2 innings. Michael Gunn and Mark Reyes each turned in a scoreless outing out of the Razorback bullpen. Arkansas continues its busy schedule this week with five games. The Razorbacks close their 10-game homestand on Tuesday and Wednesday by playing Nevada. First pitch for both games is set for 6:35 p.m. Next weekend, Arkansas hits the road for the first time in SEC play, traveling to Mississippi State. Game times are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. on Sunday. The series finale will be televised by FSN and SportSouth.

Download: 2012 Arkansas Baseball Stats.pdf



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