FAYETTEVILLE – Two members of the University of Arkansas baseball team have been ranked among the top 100 players in college baseball, according to CollegeBaseballDaily.com.
College Baseball Daily, which is ranking the top 100 players in college baseball as part of its coverage leading up to the start of the 2012 season, has ranked Arkansas sophomore pitcher Ryne Stanek as the 57th best player in college baseball, while sophomore infielder Dominic Ficociello is ranked at No. 75.
A native of Overland Park, Kan., Stanek appeared in 15 games, including 12 starts, in his freshman season and finished the year with a 4-2 record with one save and a 3.94 ERA. Stanek, who was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the third round of the 2010 MLB Draft, had his two best outings of the 2011 season in the postseason. In the SEC Tournament against Alabama, Stanek gave up just one run on two hits and struck out five in 7.2 innings to earn the win. A week later in the NCAA Tempe Regional, Stanek picked up his first complete game, going the distance against New Mexico and allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits with a career-high tying six strikeouts. Stanek had the opportunity to play with the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team last summer and posted a 1-0 record with a 1.00 ERA in two appearances, including one start.
A native of Fullerton, Calif., Ficociello led the Arkansas offense with a .335 batting average with four homers and a team-high 50 RBI in 2011. A consensus freshman All-American following his freshman season, Ficociello also led the Razorbacks in hits (75), doubles (15), multi-hit games (20) and multi-RBI games (14). Ficociello’s 75 hits tied an Arkansas freshman single-season record. An All-SEC Freshman Team selection, Ficociello hit .314 with two homers and 18 RBI against league competition. Defensively, Ficociello finished the season with a .968 fielding percentage en route to being named to the All-SEC Defensive Team. Ficociello spent last summer with the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team and finished with a .283 batting average with nine RBI and five stolen bases.
The Razorbacks open the 2012 season on Friday, Feb. 17, when they host Villanova at Baum Stadium. First pitch is set for 3:05 p.m.