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Arkansas baseball weekly notebook

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Arkansas baseball weekly notebook

Overall Record: 17-7, 4-2 SECLast Week’s Record: 3-0, 3-0 SECRecent Results:March 22 — No. 17 Arkansas 15, No. 6 South Carolina 3March 23 — No. 17 Arkansas 4, No. 6 South Carolina 2March 24 — No. 17 Arkansas 5, No. 6 South Carolina 3 (11 Innings)Upcoming Games:March 26, 3:05 p.m. — No. 17 Arkansas vs. Mississippi Valley State — Baum StadiumMarch 27, 7:05 p.m. — No. 17 Arkansas vs. Mississippi Valley State — N. Little Rock, Ark. (Dickey-Stephens Park) **Game televised on Cox Sports Television**March 29, 6:35 p.m. — No. 17 Arkansas vs. No. 15 Mississippi State — Baum Stadium **Game televised on Cox Sports Television**March 30, 2:05 p.m. — No. 17 Arkansas vs. No. 15 Mississippi State — Baum StadiumMarch 31, 1:05 p.m. — No. 17 Arkansas vs. No. 15 Mississippi State — Baum Stadium **Game televised on Cox Sports Television**Team Notes:The 17th-ranked Arkansas baseball team went a perfect 3-0 on the week, sweeping a three-game series at No. 6 South Carolina. The Razorbacks are now 17-7 on the season and 4-2 in Southeastern Conference play. Arkansas became the first SEC team to sweep a three-game series in Columbia since Kentucky swept a three-game set against the Gamecocks in 1999. The last SEC team to sweep three nine-inning games against the Gamecocks in Columbia was Florida in 1996. For the weekend, the Razorbacks pounded out 35 hits, batting .297 as a team, while the pitching staff had a team ERA of 1.24. Brian Anderson led the Razorbacks at the plate, hitting .500 (6-for-12) with a homer, two RBI and four runs scored. Anderson also drew three walks and had a .600 on-base percentage in the series. Matt Vinson hit .417 over the three games with a homer, three RBI and three runs scored. Vinson had the go-ahead two-RBI single in the 11th inning of Sunday’s series finale to lift the Razorbacks to a series sweep. Jacob Mahan had a hit in each game of the series, extending his hitting streak to 12 games. Mahan batted .313 in the series with two RBI and four runs scored. Dominic Ficociello returned to the lineup against the Gamecocks and batted .308 with a RBI and a run scored. Jacob Morris drove in four runs in the series and hit .273 with three runs scored. Tyler Spoon drove in a team-high six RBI in the series and scored three runs. On the mound, Ryne Stanek was brilliant in his complete game victory in game two of the series. Stanek allowed just two unearned runs on three hits and struck out a season-high seven batters in his complete game effort. Randall Fant started the series finale and turned in his third consecutive quality start. Fant gave up three runs, just one earned, on three hits and fanned a career-high seven batters in 6.2 innings. Barrett Astin made the start in the series opener and picked up the win after giving up three runs and striking out five in 5.1 innings. Trey Killian got the win out of the bullpen in the series finale, striking out the only batter he faced in the bottom of the 10th inning. Colby Suggs picked up his first save of the season in the series wrap-up, striking out a pair in a scoreless inning. Jalen Beeks worked 2.2 shutout innings in relief in the series, while Brandon Moore and Chris Oliver each tossed two scoreless frames out of the bullpen. Arkansas has a busy week on tap with five games this week. The Razorbacks will face Mississippi Valley State in a two-game midweek series on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tuesday’s game at Baum Stadium will start at 3:05 p.m., while Wednesday’s game at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock will begin at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday’s game will be televised on Cox Sports Television. Next weekend, the Razorbacks host No. 15 Mississippi State in a three-game series. Game times for the series are set for 6:35 p.m. on Friday, 2:05 p.m. on Saturday and 1:05 p.m. on Sunday. The first and third games of the series vs. Mississippi State will be televised by Cox Sports Television.

Download: Games of March 18-March 24.pdf



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