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Arkansas faces No. 10 Oklahoma

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Arkansas faces No. 10 Oklahoma

FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas looks to get back on the winning track on Tuesday when it hosts the 10th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners. First pitch at Baum Stadium is set for 6:35 p.m.

Tuesday’s game will be available on the RazorVision portal on ArkansasRazorbacks.com and on the Razorback Baseball Radio Network from IMG College. Three-time Arkansas Sportscaster o f the Year Chuck Barrett (play-by-play) and former Arkansas Sports Information Director Rick Schaeffer (analyst) will call the game. Live stats and a live blog of the game will also be available on ArkansasRazorbacks.com.

Single-game tickets for Tuesday’s game are still available. Tickets are $10 for reserved seats and can be purchased by calling 1-800-982-HOGS (4647), by visiting the online ticket center at ArkansasRazorbacks.com and on game day at Baum Stadium, while supplies last.

The Razorbacks, ranked as high as 13th in the country, are 18-6 on the season. Arkansas dropped two of three games over the weekend to No. 2 Vanderbilt. After winning the opener against the Commodores and All-American right hander Sonny Gray, Vandy was able to respond and win the next two games to win two of three games in the series.

Arkansas has five players that are hitting over .300 on the season. Freshman Dominic Ficociello leads the Razorbacks with a .348 batting average and is tied for the team high with 25 RBI. Senior Kyle Robinson is batting .344 with a team-high four homers and has also driven in 25 runs. Sophomore Matt Reynolds is swinging the bat at a .333 clip with two homers and 15 RBI. Junior James McCann is hitting .309 with three homers and 16 RBI, while junior Bo Bigham is hitting .303 with a round-tripper and nine RBI.

Freshman right hander Ryne Stanek is slated to get the start on the mound for Arkansas on Tuesday. Stanek has made seven appearances this season, including five starts, and is 1-0 with a 4.88 ERA. He last appeared against Memphis last Wednesday, giving up a run on two hits with two strikeouts in 2.1 innings. Sophomore Trent Daniel has made eight relief outings and has one save with a 0-0 record and a 2.53 ERA.

Out of the bullpen, sophomore DJ Baxendale has pitched in nine games, with six of those outings in relief, and is 5-0 on the season with two saves and a 1.65 ERA. Freshman Nolan Sanburn has also pitched in nine games and is 1-1 with two saves and a 1.98 ERA.

Oklahoma is 19-6 on the season and are ranked in all four national polls, including a No. 10 ranking from Baseball America. The Sooners split two games with Missouri last weekend before Sunday’s game was cancelled due to snow. To make up for the cancellation, OU defeated St. Gregory’s 21-3 on Sunday in Norman. As a team, Oklahoma is hitting .332, while the Sooner pitching staff has a 3.19 ERA.

Garrett Buechele leads Oklahoma with a .429 batting average and has hit a team-high six homers with 33 RBI. Evan Mistich is hitting .383 with two homers and 12 RBI, while Cameron Seitzer is batting .341 with a homer and 17 RBI. Chris Ellison and Eric Ross have each stolen eight bases to lead the Sooners.

Freshman left-handed pitcher Jordan John is the projected starter for Oklahoma on Tuesday. John is 2-0 with a 2.76 ERA and has a complete game to his credit in six appearances, including three starts.

Tyson Seng has made a team-high 10 appearances out of the Sooner bullpen and has a save with a 3.14 ERA. Jack Mayfield has saved a team-leading three games for Oklahoma and is 0-1 with a 2.87 ERA in seven appearances.

Arkansas and Oklahoma will be meeting for the 25th time on Tuesday. The Razorbacks hold a 14-10 lead in the all-time series, including a 6-2 edge when playing in Fayetteville. Arkansas has won five of the last six games against the Sooners.



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