FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas baseball head coach Dave Van Horn announced his opening weekend starting rotation on Monday afternoon as the Razorbacks get set to take on North Dakota in a three-game series at Baum Stadium.
Sophomore right-hander James Teague will get the ball Friday afternoon in the season-opener, while sophomore right-hander Dominic Taccolini will toe the rubber Saturday. Game three will be determined and announced later this week.
A native of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Teague is coming off a freshman season where he made eight appearances and posted a 1-0 record with a 4.86 earned run average in 16.2 innings of work. He made his only start of the year against Mississippi Valley State on March 25 and picked up the win in 4.0 innings of work, allowing one run on four hits, while striking out four and walking one. He saved his best performance for the SEC Tournament, coming on against Ole Miss with Arkansas facing a 5-0 deficit and holding the Rebels to three hits and two runs in 4.2 innings as the Razorbacks came storming back to pick up an 8-7 victory.
Taccolini made 17 appearances during his freshman campaign, posting a 4.94 earned run average and a 2-0 record. He made three starts last season and totaled 31.0 innings of work. He did not allow a run in 11 of his 17 appearances, including his start at Missouri in the final weekend of the regular season where he lasted 3.0 innings and did not allow a hit, while striking out one. The Sugar Land, Texas native was dominant in the 2014 NCAA Tournament, tossing 4.2 innings against No. 3 Virginia and holding the Cavaliers scoreless, while allowing just two hits and striking out four.
Trey Killian, who made 16 starts last season, is being held out the first two weekends of the season as the junior works his way back from elbow tendinitis.
Friday’s season-opener is slated to start at 3:05 p.m. on SEC Network Plus and the WatchESPN App.