Overall Record: 20-12
SEC Record: 6-6
This Week’s Record: 3-2
This Week’s Results:April 1 – Arkansas 4, Nebraska 3April 2 – Nebraska 6, Arkansas 4April 4 – South Carolina 2, Arkansas 1April 4 – Arkansas 4, South Carolina 1April 5 – Arkansas 7, South Carolina 0
Upcoming Games:April 8, 6:35 p.m. – Arkansas vs. UNLV – Baum StadiumApril 9, 6:05 p.m. – Arkansas vs. UNLV – Baum StadiumApril 11, 7:00 p.m. – Arkansas at LSU – Baton Rouge, La. (Live on CST)April 12, Noon – Arkansas at LSU – Baton Rouge, La. (Live on ESPN2)April 13, 1:00 p.m. – Arkansas at LSU – Baton Rouge, La. (Live on CST)
Player of the Week:
Tyler Spoon – OF – 5-11 – 190 – Van Buren, Ark.
Notes: Sophomore Tyler Spoon turned in a seven-hit performance last, recording a hit in all five contests, including a pair of multi-hit games. He drove in three runs against Nebraska in midweek action, and added a two-run double in game two of the weekend series with No. 1 South Carolina. He recorded a .368 batting average on the week, scored four runs and was one-for-one in the stolen base department. Spoon was entered in the leadoff spot during the final two games of the week and produced three hits in eight plate appearances, including a run scored in each contest and two runs driven in.
Co-Pitcher of the Week:
Jalen Beeks – LHP – 5-11 – 180 – Prairie Grove, Ark.
Notes: Junior Jalen Beeks threw his second complete game of the season against No. 1 South Carolina Friday evening, allowing just four hits and one unearned run, while striking out a career-high nine batters. He became just the fourth player in the SEC to throw multiple complete games as he lowered his earned run average to 1.05 in 51.2 innings of work on the season. Beeks held the No. 1 team in the country to one hit over the final four innings and handed South Carolina just its fourth loss in 30 games on the year.
Co-Pitcher of the Week:
Chris Oliver – RHP – 6-4 – 180 – Farmington, Ark.
Notes: Junior Chris Oliver rose to the challenge in the rubber game of the series against top-ranked South Carolina, throwing 8.0 shutout innings and baffling the Gamecock hitters. He recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts and became the first Arkansas pitcher since Ryne Stanek in 2012 against No. 15 LSU to record double-digit strikeouts in a contest. Oliver struck out the side in the eighth inning to put an exclamation mark on his third win of the season. He surrendered four hits and never allowed a South Carolina player to reach third base. The Razorbacks went on to record their seventh shutout of the season
The Razorbacks have won at least one game in 21 straight SEC series dating back to the 2012 season, currently the second-longest streak in the league behind Vanderbilt at 23. Arkansas has won four straight SEC series at Baum Stadium dating back to the 2013 season. South Carolina entered the week with the No. 3 ERA in the country and Arkansas scored 12 runs in three games and held the top-ranked team to just three runs on the weekend. The Razorbacks defeated the No. 1 in the country in consecutive days for the first time since the 2009 season against top-ranked Arizona State at Baum Stadium. Arkansas has defeated the No. 1 team in the country seven times under head coach Dave Van Horn. The Razorbacks just completed a stretch of 16 games in 18 days and did so with an 11-5 record. Arkansas is in the midst of playing 14 ranked squads in a 17-game span, including 12 of those against current top 10 teams in the country and nine against current top five teams. The Razorbacks recorded their seventh shutout of the year in the season finale against South Carolina and have allowed less than two runs in a game 19 times in 32 contests. The Razorbacks lead the SEC in complete games with four, with three of those coming against conference opponents. Brian Anderson extended his hitting streak to a season-long eight games over the weekend and recorded his third three-hit game of the year and the 41st multi-hit game of his career during series finale against South Carolina. Arkansas was not hit by a pitch in the South Carolina series, breaking a streak of 15 straight games with a hit by pitch and marking the first time this season the Razorbacks have not been hit by a pitch in three consecutive games.
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