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Arkansas hosts Kentucky in weekend series

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Arkansas hosts Kentucky in weekend series

FAYETTEVILLE — The No. 11 Arkansas baseball team resumes Southeastern Conference play this weekend as it hosts No. 3 Kentucky for a three-game series at Baum Stadium. Game times for the weekend series are set for 6:35 p.m. on Friday, 2:05 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. on Sunday. Saturday’s game will be televised by CST, while a live web stream of all three games will be available on RazorVision on ArkansasRazorbacks.com. The web stream for Saturday’s game will be blacked out in areas where CST is available. All three games of the series will be available on the Razorback Baseball Radio Network from IMG. Three-time Arkansas Sportscaster of the Year Chuck Barrett (play-by-play) and former Arkansas Sports Information Director Rick Schaeffer (analyst) will call the action. Reserved tickets are on sale for Friday and Sunday’s game, while only general admission tickets are available for Saturday’s contest. Reserved tickets are $10 and general admission tickets are $8. Tickets may be purchased by calling 1-800-982-HOGS (4647), by visiting the online ticket center at ArkansasRazorbacks.com or on gameday at Baum Stadium. Promotional giveaways are planned for each game of the weekend series. Friday is Razorback Lapel Pin Night, Saturday is Chick-Fil-A Sunglass Holder Day and Sunday is Arvest Trading Cards Day. Arkansas enters the fifth weekend of SEC play with a 24-8 overall record and a 7-5 mark in league competition. The Razorbacks currently sit second in the SEC Western Division, a game behind LSU. Arkansas is coming off a 4-0 loss at Oklahoma in its only midweek game of the week. Dominic Ficociello had a pair of hits against the Sooners to extend his hitting streak to nine games. Matt Reynolds leads Arkansas at the plate with a .346 batting average with three homers and 23 RBI. Reynolds has also stolen 10 bases, which ranks second on the team. Ficociello is hitting .333 with four round trippers and 21 RBI, while Tim Carver is batting .317 with 17 RBI and a team-leading 12 stolen bases. Arkansas will send sophomore right hander Ryne Stanek to the mound in Friday’s series opener. Stanek is 6-1 on the season with a 1.65 ERA, which ranks third in the SEC. Sophomore righty Barrett Astin will get the nod in Saturday’s game. Astin has pitched in both the starting rotation and the bullpen this season and has a 2-2 record with an SEC-leading 0.84 ERA. Junior right hander DJ Baxendale will start the series finale on Sunday. Baxendale is 6-1 on the season with a 4.20 ERA. In his last start, Baxendale tossed eight shutout innings against Georgia, striking out seven without issuing a walk. Out of the bullpen, Brandon Moore has pitched in 12 games, 10 in relief, and has a 3-0 record with two saves and a 1.09 ERA, which ranks second in the SEC. Colby Suggs has appeared in a team-high 15 games and is 2-0 with a 1.72 ERA, while Cade Lynch has compiled a 0-1 record with two saves and a 2.22 ERA in 13 appearances. Nolan Sanburn has thrown in 11 games and is 2-1 with a 2.75 ERA. Kentucky brings a 30-4 overall record and a 9-3 mark in SEC play into this weekend’s series. The Wildcats currently have the best record in the conference and lead the Eastern Division by two games. Kentucky is ranked in the top three in each of the major college baseball polls and are ranked as high as No. 1 in the country by Collegiate Baseball. UK is coming off a 12-0 loss at home to Louisville on Tuesday night. In its most recent SEC series, the Wildcats took two of three games from then-No. 10 Ole Miss. Offensively, Kentucky leads the SEC with a .323 batting average. Austin Cousino leads the Wildcats at the plate with a .355 batting average with five homers and 27 RBI. A.J. Reed is hitting .339 with three homers and 33 RBI, while Luke Maile is batting .336 with a team-high nine homers and 36 RBI. The Kentucky pitching staff has posted a 3.58 team ERA. The Wildcats’ weekend rotation features three left-handed pitchers. Taylor Rogers will start the series opener on Friday. Rogers is 4-1 with a 4.53 ERA in eight starts this season. Jerad Grundy, who is 3-1 with a 4.32 ERA, will start Saturday’s contest. Corey Littrell will get the start in Sunday’s series finale. Littrell has a 5-0 record with a 2.02 ERA. Trevor Gott is the Wildcats’ closer. Gott has saved seven games this season and has a 1-0 record with a 1.50 ERA in 14 appearances. Alex Phillips has also pitched in 14 games and has a 5-0 record with two saves and a 2.01 ERA. Sam Mahar is 2-1 with a 2.21 ERA in 13 relief outings. Arkansas and Kentucky have met 52 times previously with the Razorbacks leading the series, 32-20. Arkansas has a 17-7 edge in games played in Fayetteville. The two teams have split the last 10 games in the series. The Razorbacks dropped two of three games at Kentucky last season in a series plagued by rain.
Series Schedule — Fayetteville, Ark. Friday, April 13 — 6:35 p.m. Saturday, April 14 — 2:05 p.m. Sunday, April 15 — 12 p.m.
Live Game Coverage Television/Webcast: Friday and Sunday — ArkansasRazorbacks.com; Saturday — CST Radio: Razorback Baseball Radio Network from IMG Live Stats & Live Blog: ArkansasRazorbacks.com Twitter: www.twitter.com/ArkRazorbacks
Ticket Information Reserved tickets are on sale for Friday and Sunday’s game, while only general admission tickets are available for Saturday’s contest. Reserved tickets are $10 and general admission tickets are $8. Tickets may be purchased by calling 1-800-982-HOGS (4647), by visiting the online ticket center at ArkansasRazorbacks.com or on gameday at Baum Stadium.
Promotional Giveaways Friday — Razorback Lapel Pin Night Saturday — Chick-Fil-A Sunglass Holder Day Sunday — Arvest Trading Cards Day
Probable Pitching Matchups
Friday (6:35 p.m.) vs. No. 3 Kentucky RHP Ryne Stanek (So., 6-1, 1.65) vs. LHP Taylor Rogers (Jr., 4-1, 4.53)
Saturday (2:05 p.m.) vs. No. 3 Kentucky RHP Barrett Astin (So., 2-2, 0.84) vs. LHP Jerad Grundy (Jr., 3-1, 4.32)
Sunday (12 p.m.) vs. No. 3 Kentucky RHP DJ Baxendale (Jr., 6-1, 4.20) vs. LHP Corey Littrell (Jr., 5-0, 2.02)
Rankings Arkansas — No. 9 (USA Today/ESPN, Collegiate Baseball), No. 10 (NCBWA), No. 11 (Baseball America) Kentucky — No. 1 (Collegiate Baseball), No. 2 (USA Today/ESPN), No. 3 (Baseball America/NCBWA)

Download: SEC Baseball Release – Week 8.pdf



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