Overall Record: 3-0
Recent Results:February 14 – No. 25 Arkansas 12, Appalachian State 2February 15 – No. 25 Arkansas 7, Appalachian State 6February 16 – No. 25 Arkansas 8, Appalachian State 3
Upcoming Games:February 21, 3:05 p.m. – No. 25 Arkansas vs. Eastern Illinois – Baum StadiumFebruary 22, 1:05 p.m. – No. 25 Arkansas vs. Eastern Illinois – Baum StadiumFebruary 23, 1:05 p.m. – No. 25 Arkansas vs. Eastern Illinois – Baum Stadium
Player of the Week:
Brian Anderson – 2B – 6-3 – 185 – Edmond, Okla.
Notes: Brian Anderson led Arkansas with a .500 batting average during the season’s opening weekend. He also led the team with seven total hits and two doubles and tied for second among Razorbacks with four RBI. He began the year with a 3-for-5 effort at the plate on Friday that included a three-RBI double in the 4th inning of Arkansas’ 12-2 run to chase the Mountaineers’ starter. Anderson’s three RBI on the swing pushed him to 50 for his Razorback career. He was 3-for-5 again Saturday when he scored two runs and added his first stolen base of the season. Sunday, he hit an RBI single to give the Razorbacks a 5-3 lead in the 7th inning of an eventual 8-3 victory.
Pitcher of the Week:
Jalen Beeks – LHP – 5-11 – 180 – Prairie Grove, Ark.
Notes: Jalen Beeks made his first collegiate start in Friday’s season-opening 12-2 victory over Appalachian State. He earned the win after throwing 6.0 shutout innings, allowing just three hits and one walk while striking out six with an efficient 72-pitch effort. Beeks produced the longest outing by a Razorback starting pitcher on opening day since 2009, when current Houston Astro Dallas Keuchel threw six innings in a 4-2 win over Washington State. Beeks led the starting rotation that allowed seven hits and struck out seven over 14 innings during the opening weekend. The hits allowed were the fewest by Arkansas starting pitchers in a three-game opening series since at least 1994.
Freshman of the Week:
Andrew Benintendi – CF – 5-10 – 170 – Cincinnati, Ohio
Notes: True freshman Andrew Benintendi began his career as the Razorbacks’ lead-off hitter and starting center fielder in all three games of Arkansas’ season-opening sweep of Appalachian State. Benintendi ranked second among Razorbacks that played all three games with a .538 on-base percentage, reaching base seven times in 13 plate appearances. He led the team with three hit by pitches and tied for the team lead with four runs scored and four walks. He proved efficient when on the base paths, scoring at least one run in each game of the series, and stealing one base Saturday in his only attempt of the weekend. He added the first two RBI of his career Sunday, drawing a bases-loaded walk to tie the game 2-2 in the bottom of the 2nd and in the bottom of the 8th hitting a ground ball to first base that resulted in the final two runs of the 8-3 win.
No. 25 Arkansas opened its season with a three-game sweep of Appalachian State, earning the Razorbacks’ fifth opening-weekend sweep since 2008 Sunday’s win was the 2,000th in program history. Arkansas, which is in its 92nd season of baseball, has an all-time record of 2,000-1,265-6 (.612). Arkansas’ last three-game series sweep was March 22-24, 2013 at South Carolina, and the Razorbacks’ last season-opening sweep was Feb. 17-19, 2012 vs. Villanova. The Razorbacks scored 27 runs over the weekend, their most runs scored in a three-game series since scoring 41 runs Feb. 17-19, 2012, vs. Villanova. Arkansas won its 400th game in Baum Stadium on Friday. Since the stadium opened during the 1996 season, the Razorbacks are 402-158 (.718). Arkansaswon its season opener for the 20th consecutive season, a streak that began in 1995. Since 1960, the Razorbacks are 44-11 (.800) in season openers. Arkansas also is 248-73-1 (.772) in February since 1960 after adding three wins this weekend. Arkansas’ starting pitchers allowed seven hits while striking out 14 over 14 innings pitched. The hits allowed are the fewest in a three-game opening series since at least 1994, and the strikeout total is the highest since 2011 when DJ Baxendale, Geoffrey Davenport and Brandon Moore combined for 19 strikeouts in 16 innings pitched. Sophomore team captain Tyler Spoon led the Razorbacks with five RBI during the series, and junior team captain Brian Anderson led Arkansas with a .500 batting average. Juniors Joe Serrano and Krisjon Wilkerson tied for the team lead with five runs scored during the series. Arkansas hitters took 12 hit by pitches during the series, including six in Sunday’s game. Last season, the Razorbacks were hit by 36 pitches in 61 games. 14 Razorbacks make their Arkansas debut this weekend. Arkansas entered the season with 27 student-athletes who had not appeared in a game for Arkansas, the highest number in the SEC. Joe Serrano scored his 50th collegiate run Saturday when he was plated on Tyler Spoon’s three-run homer in the 4th inning. Brian Anderson and Tyler Spoon each reached 50 RBI in their careers during Friday’s game. Anderson hit a three-RBI double for his 48th, 49th and 50th as a Razorback, and Spoon had an RBI single to reach the milestone. Jake Wise scored the 50th run of his Arkansas career in the 5th inning of Friday’s game. Friday featured the second straight season opener with a Razorback homering in his Arkansas debut as Krisjon Wilkerson hit a two-run home run into the visitor’s bullpen in right field. Last season, Eric Fisher hit a solo home run in Arkansas’ 9-1 defeat of Western Illinois. Krisjon Wilkerson’s home run also made Friday the third straight season opener a Razorback has hit his first collegiate homer. Prior to Wilkerson, Eric Fisher homered in 2013 and Jacob Morris knocked his first collegiate round-tripper in the 2012 season opener. The Razorbacks’ 12 runs scored Friday were the most in a season opener since a 13-3 win over Dallas Baptist in 2005. The 10-run margin of victory was the highest for Arkansas since an 11-1 defeat of Tennessee on May 11, 2013, and the highest in a season opener since 2005.
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