FAYETTEVILLE – Coming off a crucial win in Sunday’s series finale at Alabama, the Arkansas baseball team looks to build some momentum on Wednesday as it hosts Texas State. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.Wednesday’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.
Single-game tickets for Wednesday’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.Arkansas, ranked as high as 18th in the country, is coming off a series loss at then-No. 25 Alabama last weekend. After dropping the first two games by a 5-3 score, the Razorbacks picked up an important win in the series finale, downing the Crimson Tide 4-3 behind 5.2 shutout innings from Trent Daniel and Nolan Sanburn out of the bullpen. Collin Kuhn was the star at the plate over the weekend for Arkansas, hitting .692 (9-for-13) in the three-game series with a homer, three RBI and three stolen bases.Freshman Dominic Ficociello leads the Razorbacks with a .333 batting average and is tied for the team high with 25 RBI. Senior Kyle Robinson is batting .327 with a team-high tying four homers and has also driven in 25 runs. Sophomore Matt Reynolds is swinging the bat at a .305 clip with two homers and 15 RBI. Juniors Bo Bigham and James McCann are each hitting .297 on the season. Bigham has a homer with nine RBI, while McCann is tied for the team lead with four homers and has also driven in 17 runs.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 on March 23, giving up a run on two hits with two strikeouts in 2.1 innings. The Arkansas bullpen has been stellar throughout 2011, posting an 11-2 record with eight saves and a 1.92 ERA. Sanburn has a team-high three saves and a 1-1 record with a 1.72 ERA in 10 appearances. Daniel has made nine relief outings and is 1-0 with a 1.88 ERA. Barrett Astin has pitched in 11 games, nine in relief, and compiled a 2-1 record with a 2.66 ERA.
Currently leading the Southland Conference, Texas State enters Wednesday’s contest with a 19-8 overall record. The Bobcats have played a difficult non-conference schedule and have picked up impressive victories over Nebraska, Baylor and a three-game sweep against Houston. In its most recent action, Texas State won two of three games over the weekend from Stephen F. Austin. As a team, Texas State is hitting .307, while the Bobcat pitching staff has compiled a 3.97 ERA.
Tyler Sibley leads the Bobcats at the plate, hitting .433 with three homers, 14 RBI and a team-leading 12 stolen bases. Casey Kalenkosky has hit a team-high 10 home runs and also leads the team with 37 RBI, while hitting .306. Jeff McVaney (.354, 3 HR, 22 RBI) and Kyle Kubitza (.309, 2 HR, 24 RBI) are both hitting over .300 on the season.
Junior right-handed pitcher Mitchell Pitts is the scheduled starting pitcher for Texas State. Pitts is a perfect 3-0 on the season with a 5.31 ERA in seven starts this season. Pitts last pitched in a game on March 30 at Missouri and received a no decision, giving up a run on five hits with six strikeouts in five innings.
Fielding Pittman has appeared in a team-high 18 games, all out of the bullpen. Pittman is 1-2 with a 3.63 ERA. Joseph Dvorsky has saved six games and has a 5.93 ERA in 12 relief outings. Tyler King has come out of the bullpen 10 times and is 1-0 with a 2.19 ERA.
Wednesday’s game marks the first-ever meeting between Arkansas and Texas State in baseball. The Razorbacks have a 43-13 record all-time against teams from the Southland Conference and are 1-1 against SLC members this season after splitting a two-game midweek series with McNeese State.