FAYETTEVILLE – After playing four straight games on the road, the Arkansas baseball team returns to Baum Stadium for a brief one-game homestand on Tuesday as it hosts Saint Louis. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m.
Tuesday’s game will be available on the RazorVision portal at ArkansasRazorbacks.com and on the Razorback Baseball Radio Network from IMG College. 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. A live blog and live stats 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 gameday at Baum Stadium, while supplies last.
Arkansas, ranked as high as 14th in the country, is 28-11 on the season and is coming off a weekend series at Kentucky where the Razorbacks dropped two of three games. Tim Carver hit .375 during the three-game set, while James McCann batted .364 with a homer and three RBI.
Dominic Ficociello leads Arkansas with a .328 batting average with two homers and 31 RBI. Kyle Robinson is batting .313 with a team-high seven homers and 34 RBI. McCann has added six homers and 24 RBI, while hitting .305.
Arkansas freshman right hander Ryne Stanek will start Tuesday’s contest. Stanek, who will be making his ninth start of the season, is 2-1 on the year with a 4.62 ERA. Stanek last pitched on April 17 against Mississippi State, allowing four runs, three earned, on three hits in three innings of work.
Out of the bullpen, Nolan Sanburn has made a team-leading 18 appearances and has eight saves with a 2-2 record and a 2.22 ERA. Barrett Astin has pitched in 17 games and is 4-1 with a 2.50 ERA, while Trent Daniel has appeared in 16 games and has a 2-0 record with a 1.61 ERA.
Saint Louis is 22-18 on the season, including a 6-11 record on the road. The Billikens have dropped three straight games, but do have two wins over a nationally-ranked Charlotte team this season. As a team, Saint Louis is hitting .282, while the pitching staff has a team ERA of 3.68.
Jon Myers leads the Billikens at the plate, bringing a .333 batting average into Tuesday’s game with a team-high five homers and 27 RBI. C.J. Rose is batting .300 with eight RBI, while Cody Cotter (.299, 1 HR, 17 RBI) and Steve Fernandez (.297, 1 HR, 18 RBI) are hitting just below .300.
Saint Louis is scheduled to start freshman left-handed pitcher Damian Rivera on Tuesday. Rivera has made two starts on the season in eight total appearances and has a 1-1 record with a 4.50 ERA.
Saint Louis closer Travis Parker has six saves on the season with a 2-1 record and a 2.91 ERA in 16 appearances. Jon Levin has also pitched in 16 games and has a 1-2 record with a 2.88 ERA. Derek Mazzio has made 14 relief outings in 2011 and has a 1-0 record with a 2.33 ERA.
Arkansas and Saint Louis have met nine times previously with the Razorbacks winning all nine meetings. Last season, Arkansas scored a school-record 14 runs in the first inning en route to a 32-8 victory.