FAYETTEVILLE – The 24th-ranked Arkansas baseball team plays its first games away from Baum Stadium this weekend by participating in the Cal Baseball Classic in Berkeley, Calif.
The four-game weekend features a 4:30 p.m. CT game against San Francisco on Friday, a 3:30 p.m. game against Tulane on Saturday and a Sunday doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. against host Cal. All games will be played at Cal’s Evans Diamond.
The pitching matchups are projected to be LHP Jalen Beeks (3-0, 0.51) against RHP Abe Bobb (1-1, 4.95) Friday, LHP Colin Poché (0-0, 1.93) against RHP Randy LeBlanc (2-0, 2.00) Saturday, RHP Chris Oliver (1-1, 1.12) against LHP Kyle Porter (1-0, 1.35) in Sunday’s first game and RHP Trey Killian (0-1, 13.50) against LHP Michael Theofanopolous (1-2, 4.72) in Sunday’s finale.
The complete game notes packet can be found here. Keep up with the Razorbacks’ trip and get game updates by following@RazorbackBSBon Twitter.
Arkansas began its season 7-0, its fifth season-opening win streak of at least seven games under head coach Dave Van Horn, and was one of the final six undefeated teams in Division I. The Razorbacks’ relief pitchers have thrown 21.2 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run, a streak that stretches back to the eighth inning of the Saturday game vs. Eastern Illinois. Arkansas swept its first two three-game series of the season for the first time since 2011. The Razorbacks have scored first in all seven of their wins this season. Arkansas is tied for 1st in the SEC in hit by pitch with 23 so far this season. Last season, the Razorbacks were hit by 36 pitches in 61 games. The school record for hit by pitches is 107 in 64 games in 2007. The Razorbacks have outscored their opponents 65-27 this season. This is the fifth straight year and 11th time in 12 seasons under head coach Dave Van Horn that Arkansas has scored at least 65 runs in its first nine games, and the 27 runs allowed are the fourth-lowest total under Coach Van Horn. 16 Razorbacks have made their Arkansas debut in 2014. Arkansas entered the season with 27 student-athletes who had not appeared in a game for Arkansas, the highest number in the SEC. Arkansas is averaging 7,504 fans per game this season, which ranks 4th in the NCAA. Arkansas has ranked in the top five nationally in average attendance each of the last nine years. The Razorbacks’ first three hitters in the lineup, Andrew Benintendi, Joe Serrano and Brian Anderson, respectively, are all reaching base at a clip of .429 or better. Benintendi’s on-base percentage is .462, Serrano’s is .429 and Anderson’s is .463. The final win in the season-opening series vs. Appalachian State was the 2,000th in program history. Arkansas, which is in its 92nd season of baseball, has an all-time record of 2,004-1,267-6 (.612).