FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – After a five-game road trip, the Razorbacks return home this week to begin an 11-game homestand at Baum Stadium starting with ULM on Tuesday at 3 p.m. The Warhawks will come to Fayetteville for a two-game midweek series, the first between the two teams since 2009.
Both games will be available on SEC Network+ with Alex Perlman (PXP) and Troy Eklund (Analyst) on the call. Phil Elson (PXP) and Rick Schaeffer (Analyst) will call both games for the Razorback Sports Network on the radio.
Tue. | 3 p.m. | (ARK) RHP Dominic Taccolini vs. (ULM) RHP Cole Hendrix
Wed. | 3 p.m. | (ARK) TBA vs. (ULM) TBA
Feels Good To Be Back
Arkansas kicks off an 11-game homestand Tuesday against ULM. The Hogs will play two against the Warhawks in the midweek and three this weekend against Rhode Island. The Hogs are a perfect 6-0 at home this year with series sweeps over Miami (Ohio) and Bryant. The Razorbacks are one of six teams in the SEC still undefeated at home this year, but are one of three to have played six or more games at home and still be undefeated.
Shaddy Takes Home Top Tournament Honors
Redshirt junior Carson Shaddy had a week to remember. Over the five games last week, the Fayetteville native hit .438 with four of his seven hits going for doubles. He also had one home run coming against Louisiana Tech to give him two for the year. Being a tough out against some of the best pitching at the Frisco Classic, Shaddy hit a staggering .556 with six RBIs, including a career-high three doubles against Nebraska. His weekend performance outshined the rest to earn him Frisco Classic Most Outstanding Player honors.
Knight Goes Toe-to-Toe With No. 5 Arizona
Even though he was saddled with the loss Friday against No. 5 Arizona at the Frisco Classic, sophomore pitcher Blaine Knight threw, arguably, the best game of his young career. The Bryant, Arkansas native matched the Wildcats number one pitcher, lefty J.C. Cloney pitch for pitch through six innings and totaled a career-high 10 strikeouts. Knight set down 11 of the first 12 batters he faced and had his 10 strikeouts by the fifth inning. The 10 strikeouts is the most by a Hog pitcher since Dominic Taccolini’s 10-inning masterpiece against Kentucky last season. In his three starts this year, Knight has had at least four strikeouts or more and has only walked one batter in 15 innings. The walk total makes him one of five pitchers in the SEC with one walk or less this year.
The Return Of The Long Ball
After beating Nebraska at the Frisco Classic and splitting the midweek series at Louisiana Tech, the Hogs moved to 8-3 on the year and have done so by scoring in bunches. In six of their last nine games, Arkansas scored 10 or more runs. Through 11 games this year, the Razorbacks have touched the plate 97 times, third-most in the SEC and 21st in the nation. Much of how Arkansas seems to be getting their runs is by the home run ball. 15 home runs have been hit by Arkansas players this season, good for tops in the league and 15th in the nation. Grant Koch leads all Hogs with four home runs, followed by Carson Shaddy, Jake Arledge, and Dominic Fletcher, who each have two. At least one home run has been hit in eight of Arkansas’ 11 games this year.
Arkansas and ULM will face off for the second straight year starting on Tuesday at Baum Stadium. Last year, the Warhawks and Razorbacks played a single-game midweek contest at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock, Arkansas. The Hogs took the 3-1 victory for its third win in four games over ULM. The last time ULM visited Fayetteville, the two teams split the midweek series with Arkansas winning 10-9 in the 10th inning in the final game on a Scott Lyons two-run walk-off home run. Arkansas currently leads the all-time series 8-7 with ULM, including 2-1 in Fayetteville.
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