FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas sophomore pitcher DJ Baxendale was recently named to the American Baseball Coaches Association’s All-South region second team.
A right-handed pitcher from Jacksonville, Ark., Baxendale was a true staff ace for the Razorbacks in 2011, finishing the season with a 10-2 record, three saves and a 1.58 ERA in 19 appearances, including 12 starts. Baxendale, who is currently playing with the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, became the first Arkansas pitcher to finish a season with a double-digit win total since Nick Schmidt won 11 games in 2007. A semifinalist for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award, Baxendale led Arkansas in innings pitched (85.1) and strikeouts (77). He held opposing hitters to a .228 batting average.
In Southeastern Conference play, Baxendale compiled a 4-2 record with a save and a 2.25 ERA in 10 appearances, with eight starts. The second team All-SEC selection was the only pitcher in the country to pick up wins against Florida, South Carolina and Vanderbilt, all three of which are among the final four teams left in this year’s College World Series. In his appearances against the top three teams in the SEC East, Baxendale had a 3-0 record with a 1.56 ERA, striking out 15 batters in 17.1 innings. The sophomore hurler earned his only save in league play on the final day of the regular season, closing out the second game of a doubleheader sweep against Ole Miss, which also clinched the Western Division title for the Razorbacks.