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No. 20 Arkansas Travels To Auburn To Take On F

BY ANDRES FOCIL
No. 20 Arkansas Travels To Auburn To Take On F

Series: Auburn leads 26-15

Last Meeting: Arkansas knocked the Tigers out of the 2002 SEC Tournament with a 7-3 victory in Hoover, Ala. The win was the third in four meetings against Auburn last season. Arkansas beat Auburn 4-1 in the last game of the regular season to clinch a berth in the SEC Tournament.

Rankings: Arkansas is ranked in all four national polls. The Hogs have their highest ranking from Baseball Weekly/ESPN which tabbed the Hogs 20th. Baseball America has Arkansas 23rd, Collegiate Baseball ranks Arkansas 26th and the NCBWA has Arkansas 21st. Auburn is ranked as high as fifth by Baseball America and Baseball Weekly/ESPN. The Tigers are ranked ninth by Collegiate Baseball and sixth by the NCBWA.

Coaches: Dave Van Horn (Arkansas, 1988) is in his first season as head coach of the Razorbacks. Van Horn has a career record of 613-256 and is in his 15th season as a head coach. Steve Renfroe is 101-55 in his third season as a head coach with the Tigers. Renfroe was an assistant coach with Auburn from 1981-1994 before taking on assistant head coach responsibilities from 1995-2000.

Noting the Razorbacks

Arkansas has lost seven of the last 10 meetings against Auburn. . . .The Razorbacks are 3-9 all-time against the Tigers in Auburn. . . .Arkansas has gone 7-3 in its last 10 SEC games and has won both of its league road series this season. . . .In the last 10 conference games Ryan Fox is hitting .459 (17-for-37) with seven home runs, 18 RBI, four doubles, two triples and a .512 on-base percentage. . . .In that same stretch RHP Scott Roehl has gone 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA in 8.2 IP with eight strikeouts and one walk. . . .Arkansas is hitting .329 with runners in scoring position this season and has a .292 mark in SEC games. . . .Andrew Wishy has paced the Hogs with .426 average with runners in scoring position while Ryan Fox is hitting at a .389 clip in league games. . . .The Razorbacks have driven 102 two-out RBI this season accounting for 37 percent (102-of-277) of their total runs scored. . . .The Hogs have 40 two-out RBI in SEC games which is 43 percent (40-of-92) of their run production. . . .Haas Pratt leads the squad with 17 two-out RBI. . . .RHP Jarrett Gardner has not walked a batter in 48.2 innings this season. . . .Gardner’s last walk came against Clemson in the NCAA Super Regional on June 8, 2002. . . .Arkansas relief pitchers have inherited 58 base runners and allowed only 12 to score (21 percent). . . .In the last 10 games Arkansas relief pitchers have inherited 14 base runners and allowed three to cross the plate. . . .The Razorback pitching staff is averaging 7.1 K’s and 1.9 walks per game. . . .Arkansas starting pitchers are averaging 4.2 innings per start. . . .Twelve different Razorbacks have driven in three or more runs in a game this season. . . .Arkansas is hitting .264 against left-handed pitching this season. . . .Arkansas is 13-3 since moving senior Nick Pitts to the leadoff spot. . . .Pitts is hitting .286 with 17 runs in that role.



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