FAYETTEVILLE – The Arkansas baseball teamreturns to SEC play this weekend, welcoming Auburn to town for a three-game series at Baum Stadium.
TV/Video CoverageFriday’s game will be aired on Cox Sports Television and ESPN3, whileSaturday’s doubleheader will be broadcastedon RazorVision.
Game Links:Live Stats| ESPN3 (Fri) |RazorVision (Sat) | Game Notes
TicketsTo purchase tickets to all three games of the series click here.
Radio CoverageAll three games will be broadcasted on the Razorback Radio Network from IMG College with Chuck Barrett providing the play-by-play. For a complete list of affiliates click here.
Probable PitchersFriday(6:35p):AU -RHPDillon Ortmanvs. ARK – RHP Trey KillianSaturday(4:05p):AU -RHP Keegan Thompsonvs. ARK – LHP Jalen BeeksSaturday (Approx. 7:30p):AU -Michael O’Nealvs. ARK – RHP Chris Oliver
Series HistoryAuburn leads the all-time series with Arkansas 41-33, and has won eight of the last 11 meeting between the two programs. The Razorbacks have dropped two of three in each of the previous four series with the Tigers, last earning a series win during the 2009 season. Arkansas has a 17-16 record all-time against Auburn in Fayetteville.
Model of ConsistencyBrian Anderson continues to be one of the most consistent players in the country and is the only Razorback to start every game this season. He has hit safely in 18 of the last 19 games and in 37 of 43 contests on the year.
Can’t Stop ThisMichael Gunn was one of 50 pitchers named to the initial watch list for the 10th annual NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award announced on April 23. He has a 0.40 ERA in 17 appearances and 22.1 innings of work. He is a perfect 6-for-6 in save opportunities and allowed just 10 hits on the year.
Baxendale’s BatBlake Baxendale continues to swing a hot bat with five multi-hit games in the last seven contests. The freshman is hitting .294 in 12 SEC games with 10 hits, three doubles and 10 runs batted in.
Powerful TrendAfter hitting nine home runs through the first 32 games of the season, Arkansas has hit 10 home runs in the last 11 games. The Razorbacks have hit multiple home runs in a game four times this year and connected with two grand slams this season.
Three’s Company for Killer B’sFreshmen Blake Baxendale and Andrew Benintendi have combined to play 67 games this year, but the duo each recorded their first career three-hit game on the same night against Northwestern State on April 22. They combined to go 6-for-8 with three RBI and two runs scored.
Wiser Than MostJake Wise has turned into a nightmare for opponent behind the plate with an SEC-leading five pickoffs and 14 runners caught stealing. He has thrown out four runners in as many games, including one in each of the first two games against Vanderbilt.
Elite HurlersThe Arkansas pitching staff is putting together one of the most dominant seasons in program history in 2014, amassing a 2.29 earned run average through the first 43 games to rank 9th in the country. The seven shutouts already rank in the program’s top 10 for a single season, with the record being set with 13 shutouts in 51 games during the 1977 season. The 2.29 ERA currently ranks second in program history, sitting only behind a 1.89 ERA in 61 games last season.
This Date in HistoryArkansas is currently 545-364 all-time in the month of April, including a 10-6 record this season. The Razorbacks have never had a losing season in April under Coach Van Horn.
What You Need to Know-Following a series victory over No. 11 Vanderbilt last weekend, the Arkansas baseball team appeared in the national polls, coming in at No. 24 according to Baseball America and No. 25 in Collegiate Baseball.
-The Razorbacks have won at least one game in 23 straight SEC series dating back to the 2012 season, currently the second-longest streak in the league behind Vanderbilt at 25.
-The Arkansas bullpen has allowed just one earned run over the last 22.2 innings of work.
-Last weekend’s series with Vanderbilt completed a stretch of playing 14 ranked squads in a 17-game span, nine of which came against top 15 teams in the country. The Razorbacks won seven of those 14 games, including a pair of SEC series wins against No. 1 South Carolina and No. 11 Vanderbilt.
-After hitting nine home runs through the first 32 games of the year, Arkansas has had an offensive surge with 10 home runs in the last 11 games, five of which have come from Eric Fisher.
-The Razorbacks have turned 41 double plays on the year, tied with Kentucky for the most in the SEC.
-The Razorbacks have held their opponents to two runs or less in 25 of 43 games this year and have won 18 of those contests.
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