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@RazorbackBSB Weekly Notebook: April 20

@RazorbackBSB Weekly Notebook: April 20

Overall Record: 25-16SEC Record: 9-9This Week’s Record: 3-1

This Week’s Results:April 15 – Arkansas 7, Stephen F. Austin 2April 18 – Arkansas 6, Vanderbilt 2April 19 – Vanderbilt 2, Arkansas 1April 20 – Arkansas 3, Vanderbilt 1

Upcoming Games:April 22, 6:35 p.m. – Arkansas vs. Northwestern State – Baum StadiumApril 23, 3:05 p.m. – Arkansas vs. Northwestern State – Baum StadiumApril 25, 6:35 p.m. – Arkansas vs. Auburn – Baum Stadium (Live on CST)April 26, 6:05 p.m. – Arkansas vs. Auburn – Baum StadiumApril 27, 1:05 p.m. – Arkansas vs. Auburn – Baum Stadium

Player of the Week:

Blake Baxendale – DH – 6-3 – 215 – Rogers, Ark.

Notes: Blake Baxendale continued his break-out stretch this week with six more hits, including three straight two-hit games. He opened the week against Stephen F. Austin with two hits, one double and one RBI, and then tallied two hits in each of the next two games against Vanderbilt over the weekend with three runs batted in and a double. The freshman is hitting .294 in 12 SEC games with 10 hits, three doubles and 10 runs batted in.

Pitcher of the Week:

Michael Gunn – LHP – 6-0 – 205 – Wilson, Ark.

Notes: Michael Gunn was lights out from the bullpen in three appearances last week, logging 4.1 innings and allowing three hits and no runs, while adding five strikeouts. He opened with 2.0 innings in mid-week action against Stephen F. Austin and recorded four strikeouts, and came back with 2.1 innings of work against No. 11 Vanderbilt and did not allow a hit, while striking out one. He recorded his sixth save of the year in the series finale, securing Arkansas’ fifth straight SEC series win at Baum Stadium. Gunn has anchored a bullpen that has not allowed a run in 15.2 consecutive innings as the junior closer lowered his earned run average to 0.40 on the year.

Freshman of the Week:

Zach Jackson – RHP – 6-3 – 195 – Berryhill, Okla.

Zach Jackson was electric out of the bullpen in two appearances over the weekend against Vanderbilt, logging 2.1 innings and giving up just one hit. He came on in the seventh inning Friday night with the bases loaded and the tying run at the plate and promptly recorded a strikeout on four pitches to leave the bases loaded. He came back out and worked a scoreless eighth inning and added another strikeout. Jackson was brought into another jam in the series finale on Sunday, taking the mound with the tying runners on base in the seventh inning, but he induced a foul out on the first pitch to end the threat. He stranded all five of his inherited runners on the week. Jackson has allowed no runs and just three hits over his last six outings that spans 9.0 innings.

Team Notes

-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.

-Arkansas has won five straight SEC series at Baum Stadium dating back to the 2013 season.

-After hitting nine home runs through the first 32 games, Arkansas has hit eight home runs in the last nine games.

-Eric Fisher homered in the first game of the weekend series with Vanderbilt to give him a home run in four straight SEC games. He leads the team with six home runs and ranks third in the league.

-Arkansas just 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.

-With three double plays in three games against Vanderbilt, the Razorbacks have turned an SEC-leading 40 double plays on the year.

-The Razorbacks have held their opponents to two runs or less in 24 of 41 games this year.

-The Arkansas bullpen has not allowed a run over the last 15.2 innings of work, including 13.2 innings this week against Stephen F. Austin and Vanderbilt.

-Chris Oliver is 3-0 in his last three starts, defeating No. 1 South Carolina, No. 8 LSU, and No. 11 Vanderbilt to improve to 5-3 on the year.

-Brian Anderson has reached base in 17 straight games and has hit safely in 35 of 41 games this season.

-Arkansas is 12-2 when scoring in the first inning and 23-3 when scoring first. The Razorbacks scored in the first inning in three of the four games this week.

-Arkansas is currently 543-364 all-time in the month of April, including an 8-6 record this season. The Razorbacks have never had a losing season in April under Coach Van Horn.

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