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UA hosts Northwestern State in midweek series

BY ANDRES FOCIL
UA hosts Northwestern State in midweek series

FAYETTEVILLE — After opening the season with a three-game sweep of Villanova, the fourth-ranked Arkansas baseball team continues its season-opening 10-game homestand as it faces Northwestern State on Tuesday and Wednesday. First pitch for both games is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. Both games of the midweek series will be available on RazorVision through ArkansasRazorbacks.com and on the Razorback Baseball Radio Network from IMG. Three-time Arkansas Sportscaster of the Year Chuck Barrett (play-by-play) and former Arkansas Sports Information Director Rick Schaeffer (analyst) will call the action. Single-game tickets for Tuesday and Wednesday’s games are $10 for reserved seats and $8 for general admission. Season tickets for Arkansas’ home schedule are also on sale. Season tickets are $190 for adults and $140 for University of Arkansas staff, youth and senior citizens. Tickets may be purchased by calling 1-800-982-HOGS (4647), by visiting the online ticket center at ArkansasRazorbacks.com or on gameday at Baum Stadium. The Razorbacks opened the season with an impressive three-game sweep of Villanova last weekend. Arkansas outscored the Wildcats 41-7 over the three games. The 41 runs scored by the Razorbacks are the most through the first three games of a season since the 1997 team opened the season by scoring 60 runs in its first three games. As a team, Arkansas hit .406 in the three-game series, while the Razorback pitching staff compiled a 2.42 ERA. Leading the way offensively was junior Matt Reynolds, who went 8-for-10 in the series with three RBI and five runs scored. Senior Sam Bates drove in nine runs in the three-game set with a pair of homers and hit .556. Junior Jacob Mahan batted .714 against Villanova and had three RBI and three runs scored. Redshirt sophomore Jacob Morris went 4-for-6 last weekend with his first collegiate home run and drove in three runs. Sophomore Jake Wise also homered in the series and went 3-for-5 with two RBI and five runs scored. On the mound, the Razorbacks are scheduled to start sophomore right-handed pitcher Brandon Moore on Tuesday. Moore will be making his second appearance of the season after throwing a scoreless inning of relief on Saturday against Villanova. Last season, Moore pitched in 17 games, including 11 starts, and went 4-1 with a 3.45 ERA. On Wednesday, freshman righty Greg Milhorn is scheduled to make his collegiate debut. Milhorn earned 6A all-state honors as a senior at Arkansas High School and was a 30th round draft pick of the Detroit Tigers in the 2011 MLB Draft. Out of the bullpen, Arkansas had seven pitchers throw a scoreless outing in the series against Villanova. Trent Daniel, Michael Gunn, Cade Lynch, Brandon Moore, Chris Oliver, Nolan Sanburn and Ty Wright each had a scoreless appearance against the Wildcats. Northwestern State enters the midweek series with a 1-0 record. The Demons were scheduled to play a three-game series against Jacksonville State last weekend, but were only able to get one game of the series in due to inclement weather. Northwestern State claimed a 4-2 win in the only game of the series that was played. Northwestern State returns 14 letterwinners from last year’s team, including six position starters and six pitchers. Nick Hinojos went 2-for-4 with a RBI in the only game that Northwestern State played last weekend. Jordan Buckley was 1-for-2 in the contest and also added a run scored and three stolen bases. Tuesday’s scheduled starting pitcher, Colin Bear, led the Demons with a .340 batting average with five homers and 41 RBI. Bear was a second-team All-Southland Conference selection in 2011. Hinojos and Will Watson also hit over .300 last year. Hinojos hit .309 with three homers and 29 RBI, while Watson hit .305 with 17 RBI. The Demons are scheduled to throw Bear in the series opener on Tuesday and have not announced a starter for Wednesday’s series finale. Bear started 14 games last season and finished the year with a 3-4 record with a 3.54 ERA. In 76.1 innings, Bear allowed 73 hits and struck out 66 batters. Mason Melotakis picked up a save for the Demons last weekend against Jacksonville State. Melotakis retired all seven batters he faced and struck out four. Melotakis pitched in 24 games last season and had a team-high five saves with a 1-3 record and a 3.98 ERA. Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn spent three seasons as the head coach at Northwestern State. Van Horn helped the Demons to two Southland Conference regular season titles and had a 106-65 record in his tenure at Northwestern State. Arkansas and Northwestern State have met 15 times previously with the Razorbacks holding a 13-2 advantage, including a 5-1 edge when the two teams meet in Fayetteville. The two teams have not met since the 2001 season, when the Demons defeated Arkansas 8-4 in Fayetteville.
Series Schedule (Times Central and Subject to Change) — Fayetteville, Ark. Tuesday, Feb. 21 — 3:05 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 — 3:05 p.m.
Live Game Coverage Television/Webcast: ArkansasRazorbacks.com Radio: Razorback Baseball Radio Network from IMG Live Stats & Live Blog: ArkansasRazorbacks.com Twitter: www.twitter.com/ArkRazorbacks
Ticket Information Single-game tickets for each game of the midweek series are $10 for reserved seats and $8 for general admission tickets. Season tickets for Arkansas’ remaining home schedule are also on sale. Season tickets are $190 for adults and $140 for University of Arkansas staff, youth and senior citizens. Tickets may be purchased by calling 1-800-982-HOGS (4647), by visiting the online ticket center at ArkansasRazorbacks.com or on gameday at Baum Stadium.
Probable Pitching Matchups (Arkansas listed first)
Tuesday (3:05 p.m.) RHP Brandon Moore (So., 1-0, 0.00) vs. LHP Colin Bear (Sr., 3-4, 3.54)*
Wednesday (3:05 p.m.) RHP Greg Milhorn (Fr., 0-0, 0.00) vs. TBA
Rankings Arkansas — No. 4 (Baseball America), No. 5 (NCBWA), No. 8 (USA Today/ESPN, Collegiate Baseball) Northwestern State — Not Ranked

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