Week: 2-1Overall Record: 5-1
Tuesday, Feb. 24: Kansas 9, Arkansas 3Wednesday, Feb. 25: Arkansas 9, Kansas 8 (10 innings)Friday, Feb. 27: Arkansas 8, Western Illinois 7 (10 innings)
Noting the RazorbacksArkansas (5-1) moved up at the beginning of the week to No. 21 in the Baseball America poll and added rankings of No. 25 in the Rivals.com and No. 29 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers … The Hogs split a two-game mid-week series with Kansas, losing the first game on Tuesday, 9-3, but coming back to win game two (Wednesday) in extra innings, 9-8 … Hoping to have a strong weekend, Arkansas came back again against Western Illinois on Friday night to pull out a 10 inning 8-7 victory against the Leathernecks, but Saturday and Sunday’s contests were cancelled due to inclement weather … Arkansas got game-winning hits from Jacob House and Brett Eibner this week … House delivered the second walk-off home run of his career against Kansas, hitting a solo shot with one out in the 10th, hit other walk-off came against #13 South Carolina last season, that one a grand slam … Eibner went 2-3 against Western Illinois with two walks, but his 10th inning triple scored the game-winning run from first … Stephen Richards was fantastic out of the bullpen as he picked up both wins for the Razorbacks … Richards allowed one unearned run over four innings as he gave up just two hits and struck out four … In four appearance this season, Richards has tossed eight innings and earned two wins and a save, he has yet to give up an earned run (only one run total), while striking out nine and not surrendering a walk … T.J. Forrest had Arkansas’ longest outing on the mound this season as he went seven innings against Western Illinois … Forrest threw just over 90 pitches and allowed two earned runs and scattered seven hits while matching his career best for strike outs (5) … Shortstop Scott Lyons had a good week at the plate as he dished out two hits in five at bats, driving in four and scoring once … The Razorbacks have played three 10-inning games this season and won all of them … The Hogs are 4-0 in one and two-run games this year … The Razorbacks welcome Valparaiso to Baum Stadium, Tuesday and Wednesday for afternoon games before facing California over the weekend for a three-game set.
Hitter of the Week NomineeJacob House * SophomoreMansfield, Texas/Timberview HS* Was clutch off the bench for the Razorbacks, going 2 for 3 with two runs scored and a game-winning home run in the 10th inning against Kansas.* Slugged 1.667 and made nine put outs as a defensive replacement.* Belted the second walk-off home run of his career against the Jayhawks with one out in the 10th inning on Wednesday capping a come-from-behind victory for the Hogs. His first walk-off came against #13 South Carolina last season.* As a pinch hitter in the 8th against Kansas, roped a RBI single to right to start a three-run rally and give the Razorbacks their first lead of the game.
Pitcher of the Week NomineeStephen Richards * JuniorPlano, Texas/Plano East HS* Made two appearances and earned two wins as he pitched four innings allowing two hits, one unearned run and struck out four* Pitched two innings against Kansas on Wednesday, striking out three and allowing an unearned run after a third out strikeout victim reached base on a passed ball.* Tossed two perfect innings against Western Illinois, striking out one to earn the win. Got six outs with just 18 pitches.* For the season, Richards has appeared in four games, pitched 8.0 innings, allowed just three hits and struck out nine. He has yet to surrender an earned run.
Freshman of the Week NomineeCollin Kuhn * Redshirt FreshmanBeaver Dam, Wis./Beaver Dam HS* Making the first starts of his career, Kuhn batted .273 as the Razorbacks left fielder in three games.* Delivered three hits in 11 at bats, walked twice and drove in two runs against Kansas.* Was perfect in eight chances in left field.* In Arkansas’ 9-8 victory over Kansas, Kuhn went 2-4 with two RBI including the potential game-winner with two out in the eighth.
Tuesday, March 3: Valparaiso at Arkansas, 3:05 p.m.Wednesday, March 4: Valparaiso at Arkansas, 3:05 p.m.Friday, March 6: California at Arkansas, 6:35 p.m.Saturday, March 7: California at Arkansas, 2:05 p.m.Sunday, March 8: California at Arkansas, 1:05 p.m.