FAYETTEVILLE – The Arkansas baseball team returns to SEC play this weekend, traveling to Oxford, Miss., to take on No. 10 Ole Miss at Swayze Field.
TV/Video CoverageSaturday’s game will be televised by FSN and ESPN3, whileSunday’s series finale will be televised by CSS and ESPN3.
Game Links:Live Stats| RebelVision (Fri) | FSN/ESPN3 (Sat) | CSS/ESPN3 (Sun)
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(6:30p):OM -RHPChris Ellisvs. ARK – RHP Trey KillianSaturday(2:15p):OM -LHP Christian Trentvs. ARK – LHP Jalen BeeksSunday (1:30p):OM -RHP Sam Smith vs. ARK – RHP Chris Oliver
Series HistoryArkansas leads the all-time series with Ole Miss 40-34, including a 19-14 advantage in Oxford. Over the last 12 games in the all-time series, each team has won six times, including splitting a pair of extra-inning games in the last two meetings.
What a ReliefOver the last 11 games, the Arkansas bullpen has allowed just two earned run in 40.1 innings of work for a 0.45 earned run average. The remarkable stretch has seen nine different pitchers take the mound, including six of those on multiples occasions.
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 21 of the last 23 games and in 40 of 47 contests on the year.
Wiser Than MostJake Wise has turned into a nightmare for opponent behind the plate with an SEC-leading five pickoffs and 18 runners caught stealing. He threw out four runners in the three-game series with Auburn last weekend and has allowed just 19 stolen bases on the year for a .514 stolen base percentage allowed.
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 0.38 ERA in 18 appearances and 23.2 innings of work. He is a perfect 7-for-7 in save opportunities and allowed just 10 hits on the year.
Powerful TrendAfter hitting nine home runs through the first 32 games of the season, Arkansas has hit 11 home runs in the last 15 games. The Razorbacks have hit multiple home runs in a game four times this year and connected with two grand slams this season.
Elite HurlersThe Arkansas pitching staff is putting together one of the most dominant seasons in program history in 2014, amassing a 2.28 earned run average through the first 47 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 2.23 ERA currently ranks second in program history, sitting only behind a 1.89 ERA in 61 games last season.
This Date in HistoryArkansas is 232-226 all-time in the month of May, including an 11-15 mark on May 2, 12-5 record on May 3 and 11-12 mark on May 4.
What You Need to Know-The Razorbacks have won at least one game in 24 straight SEC series dating back to the 2012 season, currently the second-longest streak in the league behind Vanderbilt at 26.
-Arkansas will play its 15th, 16th and 17th games against ranked opponents this weekend at Ole Miss. The Razorbacks have a 7-7 record this year against ranked teams, including series wins against No. 1 South Carolina and No. 11 Vanderbilt.
-Chris Oliver is 3-0 in his last three starts against ranked opponents, defeating No. 1 South Carolina, No. 8 LSU and No. 11 Vanderbilt. He will look to make it four in a row against No. 10 Ole Miss.
-Joe Serrano leads the team with 16 multi-hit games, while Andrew Benintendi is second with 15 multi-hit performances.
-Brian Anderson’s nine multi-RBI games lead the team, including his five three-RBI games.
-With another double play in mid-week action at Missouri State, the Razorbacks have turned an SEC-leading 45 double plays on the year.
-The Razorbacks have held their opponents to two runs or less in 27 of 47 games this year and won 19 of those contests.
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