FAYETTEVILLE – The Arkansas baseball teamgets set for its biggest series of the season Thursday-Saturday, playing host to top-ranked South Carolina in a key SEC matchup at Baum Stadium.
TV/VIDEO COVERAGE Thursday’s game was scheduled to be broadcasted by ESPNU, but postponed due to threatening weather. Friday’sdoubleheaderwill be broadcasted on RazorVision and Saturday willtelevised on Cox Sports Television.
GAME LINKS: LIVE STATS | GAME NOTES | TICKETS
RADIOCOVERAGE All three games will be broadcasted on the Razorback Radio Network from IMG College with Chuck Barrett providing the play-by-play.
PROBABLE PITCHERS Friday(3:05p): SC – LHP Jordan Montgomery vs. ARK – RHP Trey Killian Friday (6:35p): SC – LHP Jack Wynkoop vs. ARK – LHP Jalen Beeks Saturday (6:00p): SC – RHP Wil Crowe vs. ARK – RHP Chris Oliver
PROMOTIONS Friday (Game 2: Approx. 6:35p)
– New Women’s Basketball Coach Jimmy Dykes will throw out the first pitch Saturday
– FREE Replica jersey t-shirts to the first 1,000 Fans in attendance – Tusk will be attending the game – Fans leaving Baum Stadium will receive a coupon courtesy of Pizza Hut
SERIES HISTORY Arkansas leads the all-time series with South Carolina 35-28, including a three-game sweep of the Gamecocks in Columbia last year. The Razorbacks are 16-9 against South Carolina in Fayetteville, but have lost five of their last six games against the Gamecocks in Baum Stadium.
THIS DATE IN HISTORY The Razorbacks are 58-43 all-time on April 3-5, including an 11-1 record at home on April 3. Arkansas is 536-359 all-time during the month of April and the Razorbacks have never had a losing record in April since Van Horn took over the program in 2003.
LEGENDARY PITCHING STAFF The Arkansas pitching staff is putting together one of the most dominant seasons in program history in 2014, amassing a 2.35 earned run average through the first 29 games. The six shutouts already rank in the top 10 for a single season, with the record being set with 13 shutouts in 51 games during the 1977 season. The 2.35 ERA currently ranks second in program history, sitting only behind a 1.89 ERA in 61 games last season.
ARKANSAS "WEARING" PITCHES The Razorbacks have been hit by 58 pitches so far this season, surpassing last year’s total of 36 HBP in 61 games and leading the SEC. This year, Arkansas has been hit by a pitch in 15 straight games and in 26 of 29 games, including multiple hit by pitches in 17 games. Arkansas was hit a season-high six times in the final game vs. Appalachian State and wore nine hit by pitches during the two-game series vs. Grambling State. The single-season school record for hit by pitches is 107 in 64 games in 2007, an average of 1.67 HBP per game.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW -The Razorbacks have won at least one game in 20 straight SEC series dating back to the 2012 season, currently the second-longest streak in the league behind Vanderbilt at 22.
-South Carolina is ranked No. 1 by Collegiate Baseball, No. 2 by Baseball America and the NCBWA as well as No. 3 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ poll and Perfect Game.
-The Razorback pitching staff put together a stellar streak over a 54.2-inning span in late March, allowing just two runs and leading Arkansas to a six-game winning streak. The streak included four shutouts in a five-game span and the staff recorded a 0.03 earned run average.
-Trey Killian is one of three pitchers in the SEC with multiple complete games after the sophomore tossed back-to-back complete games against Florida and Alabama.
-Trey Killian and Jalen Beeks are one of two pitching tandems in the league to throw complete games, as Auburn’s Keegan Thompson and Dillon Ortman are the only other teammates in the SEC to accomplish the feat.
-A pair of Razorbacks were named to the midseason college top 50 prospects list as released by PerfectGameUSA on April 2. Chris Oliver ranked No. 27, followed by Brian Anderson at No. 29.
For more information on Arkansas baseball, follow @RazorbackBSB on Twitter.