FAYETTEVILLE -The Arkansas baseball teamreturns to SEC play this weekend, welcoming No. 11 Vanderbilt to town for a three-game series at Baum Stadium.
TV/Video CoverageThe two teams will take center stage in front of a national television audience Sunday on ESPN, whileSaturday’s game will be aired on Cox Sports Television and ESPN3.
Game Links:Live Stats |RazorVision (Fri) | ESPN3 (Sat)|WatchESPN (Sun)| Game Notes
TicketsTo purchase tickets to all three games of the series click here.
Promotions (Military Appreciation Day – Saturday)-The Razorback Baseball team will be wearing special digital camouflage hats Saturday for Military Appreciation Day. The first 500 fans will receive a digital camouflage Arkansas Baseball Hat sponsored by Arvest.
-The University of Arkansas Air Force and Army ROTC’s will be presenting the colors during the National Anthemand US military veterans from Arvest Bank will be recognized and throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
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):VU -RHPTyler Beedevs. ARK – RHP Trey KillianSaturday(6:05):VU – TBA vs. ARK – LHP Jalen BeeksSunday (Noon):VU -Tyler Fergusonvs. ARK – RHP Chris Oliver
Series HistoryArkansas leads the all-time series with Vanderbilt 27-22, including a 14-9 record against the Commodores in Fayetteville. The Razorbacks have not played Vanderbilt since the 2011 season when the two teams matched up four times and the Commodores picked up three wins. VU has been ranked in the top 20 in each of the last eight meetings.
Fisher Heating UpEric Fisher found his stride at the plate in a three-game series at LSU last weekend, homering in all three contests to take the team lead with five home runs. He extended his hitting streak to four games with a single in his first at-bat against Stephen F. Austin and currently has the longest hit-streak on the team.
Powerful TrendAfter hitting nine home runs through the first 32 games of the season, Arkansas has hit seven home runs in the last six games. The Razorbacks have hit multiple home runs in two of the last six games and connected with two grand slams this season.
Twice as NiceThe Razorbacks turned five double plays in three games at LSU last weekend to bring the season total to an SEC-leading 37. Arkansas has registered a double play in 22 of the team’s 38 games and turned multiple double plays in a game 12 different times.
Wiser Than MostJake Wise has turned into a nightmare for opponent behind the plate with an SEC-leading five pickoffs and 12 caught stealing. He threw out three of the four attempted base stealers in the three-game series at LSU and added one more Tuesday against Stephen F. Austin.
Major SuccessMike Bosinger, a right handed pitcher in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, was called up to the big leagues Monday morning, giving Arkansas seven current players in Major League Baseball. The seven current players in the MLB leads the SEC and ranks No. 8 in the country.
This Date in HistoryArkansas is 541-363 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 StaffThe Arkansas pitching staff is putting together one of the most dominant seasons in program history in 2014, amassing a 2.43 earned run average through the first 38 games to rank 15 nationally. The seven 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 2.43 ERA currently ranks second in program history, sitting only behind a 1.89 ERA in 61 games last season.
What You Need to Know-Arkansas is in the midst of playing 14 ranked squads in a 17-game span, including 12 of those against current top 15 teams in the country. No. 11 Vanderbilt will continue that stretch this weekend.
-The Razorbacks have won four straight SEC series at Baum Stadium and at least one game in 22 straight SEC series dating back to 2012, currently the second-longest streak in the league behind Vanderbilt at 24.
-After hitting nine home runs through the first 32 games, Arkansas has had an offensive surge with seven home runs in the last six games.
-The Razorbacks turned five double plays in three games against LSU to bring their season total to an SEC-leading 37.
-Arkansas is 10-2 when scoring in the first inning and 21-3 when scoring before the opponent.
-Blake Baxendale’s grand slam on April 13 at LSU gave Arkansas two grand slams in SEC play. Tyler Spoon connected on the first one against Alabama.
-The Razorbacks lead the SEC in complete games with five, with four of those coming against conference opponents, while Trey Killian’s three complete games are the most of any single pitcher in the league.
-Chris Oliver will look for his third victory over a ranked opponent in as many starts this Sunday after defeating No. 1 South Carolina and No. 8 LSU in back-to-back appearances.
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