FAYETTEVILLE — After winning two of three games last weekend at the Houston College Classic, the No. 4 Arkansas baseball team returns home to open its second 10-game homestand of the season as it faces Binghamton in a three-game weekend set. Game times this weekend are scheduled for 3:05 p.m. on Friday, 1:05 p.m. on Saturday and 12:05 p.m. on Sunday. All three games of the weekend series will be available on RazorVision through ArkansasRazorbacks.com and 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. Single-game tickets for each game of this weekend’s series are $10 for reserved seats. 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. The Razorbacks enter the weekend with an 11-2 record and ranked as high as No. 4 nationally. Arkansas won two of three games last weekend at the Houston College Classic, held at Minute Maid Park. Arkansas opened the weekend by defeating Texas Tech, 3-1. After a loss to Houston on Saturday, the Razorbacks closed the weekend with a 7-3 win over No. 21 Texas. Barrett Astin, Dominic Ficociello and Ryne Stanek were each named to the all-tournament team at the Houston College Classic. Astin picked up a pair of saves on the weekend, throwing four shutout innings and striking out eight. Ficociello had a hit in each game, drove in a pair of runs and scored three times. Stanek earned the win against Texas Tech, throwing seven innings, allowing a run and striking out a career-high seven. Tim Carver leads the Razorbacks at the plate, hitting .444 with nine RBI and a team-high seven stolen bases. Matt Reynolds and Jimmy Bosco are also hitting .400 or better on the season. Reynolds is batting .409 with two homers and 10 RBI, while Bosco is batting .400 with a homer and nine RBI. Ficociello is batting .383 with a homer and is tied for the team lead with 13 RBI. Jake Wise is swinging the bat at a .343 clip with a homer and seven RBI. Stanek is scheduled to start the series opener against Binghamton. The sophomore right hander is 3-0 on the season with a 1.59 ERA and has won his last five starts dating back to the 2011 season. Junior right hander DJ Baxendale will start the middle game of the series on Saturday. Baxendale is a perfect 4-0 on the season with a 2.12 ERA and is also on a lengthy winning streak dating back to the 2011 season. Baxendale has won his last six starting appearances. Junior Randall Fant will start the series finale on Sunday. Fant has started two games this season and is 0-1 with a 7.56 ERA. Out of the bullpen, sophomore Barrett Astin has made five appearances this year, four in relief, and has a 1-0 record with three saves and a 0.00 ERA. Astin has struck out 18 and given up just two hits in 12 scoreless innings. Nolan Sanburn and Colby Suggs are tied for the team lead with six outings. Sanburn has a 1-1 record with a 3.00 ERA, while Suggs is 0-0 with a 1.69 ERA. Cade Lynch has pitched in five games and has a save with a 1.46 ERA. Brandon Moore has also seen time in five games, three out of the bullpen, and is 1-0 with a 1.74 ERA. Binghamton enters the weekend with a 0-3 record. The Bearcats were scheduled to play a three-game series at Norfolk State last weekend, but all three games were rained out. Binghamton was swept at VCU in its only three games of the season. As a team, the Bearcats are hitting .196, while the pitching staff has a 7.50 ERA. Binghamton has been led offensively by Jake Thomas, who is hitting .455 with a pair of RBI. John Howell and Joel Stubbs are each 3-for-12 on the season with a pair of doubles. Howell has also added a RBI. The Bearcats are scheduled to start senior right hander and all-conference pitcher Mike Augliera in Friday’s series opener. In his first start of the season, Augliera pitched well but took the loss, allowing a run on four hits and striking out five in six innings. Junior righty Jay Lynch will get the start for Binghamton on Saturday. Lynch is 0-1 on the season after giving up two runs on four hits in four innings in his first start. In Sunday’s series finale, redshirt junior right hander Jake Lambert is the projected starter. Lambert is 0-1 on the season with a 13.50 ERA. Greg Ostner and Mark Palumbo have each thrown a scoreless outing out of the Binghamton bullpen. Chris Nagorski has made one relief appearance and given up a run, while striking out three in 2.1 innings. This weekend marks the first-ever meetings between Arkansas and Binghamton on the baseball field.
Weekend Schedule (Times Central and Subject to Change) — Fayetteville, Ark. Friday, March 9 — 3:05 p.m. Saturday, March 10 — 1:05 p.m. Sunday, March 11 — 12:05 p.m.
Live Game Coverage Television/Webcast: ArkansasRazorbacks.com Radio: Razorback Baseball Radio Network from IMG Live Stats & Live Blog: ArkansasRazorbacks.com Twitter: www.twitter.com/ArkRazorbacks
Ticket Information Single-game tickets for each game of this weekend’s series are $10 for reserved seats. 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.
Probable Pitching Matchups
Friday (3:05 p.m.) RHP Ryne Stanek (So., 3-0, 1.59) vs. RHP Mike Augliera (Sr., 0-1, 1.50)
Saturday (1:05 p.m.) RHP DJ Baxendale (Jr., 4-0, 2.12) vs. RHP Jay Lynch (Jr., 0-1, 4.50)
Sunday (12:05 p.m.) LHP Randall Fant (Jr., 0-1, 7.56) vs. RHP Jake Lambert (R-Jr., 0-1, 13.50)
Rankings Arkansas — No. 4 (Baseball America), No. 6 (USA Today/ESPN), No. 7 (NCBWA, Collegiate Baseball) Binghamton — Not Ranked