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Arkansas Set for Trio of Games Against MVSU

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Press Release University of Arkansas:

Fresh off an SEC series victory over Alabama, the Razorbacks are set for a trio of mid-week games against Mississippi Valley State, playing a doubleheader Tuesday at 3:05 p.m. at Baum Stadium and a single game Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. in North Little Rock.


Sophomore LHP Colin Poché (1-0, 0.77) is slated to get the start in game on Tuesday, followed by freshman RHP James Teague (0-0, 0.00) in the nightcap. Freshman RHP Alex Phillips (1-0, 2.25) will take the mound Wednesday in the mid-week finale.

·         Arkansas 11-3 at home this season and 1-1 in neutral site games.

·         The Razorbacks have scored first in all 12 of their wins and are 11-0 when leading after six innings, 12-0 when leading after seven innings and 13-0 when leading after eight innings.

·         Arkansas ranks 5th in the NCAA in team earned-run average, 6th in hits allowed per nine innings and 13th in WHIP. The Razorbacks also lead the SEC with eight pickoffs.

·         Trey Killian is one of only two pitchers in the SEC with multiple complete games after the sophomore tossed back-to-back complete games against Florida and Alabama.

·         Arkansas is averaging 7,638 fans per game this season, which ranks 2nd in the NCAA. Arkansas has ranked in the top five nationally in average attendance each of the last nine years.

·         Arkansas won its 400th game in Baum Stadium in the season opener vs. Appalachian State. Since the stadium opened during the 1996 season, the Razorbacks are 410-161 (.718). The Razorbacks are scheduled to play 35 games in Baum Stadium this season.

·         16 Razorbacks have made their Arkansas debut in 2014. Arkansas entered the season with 27 student-athletes who had not appeared in a game for Arkansas, the highest number in the SEC.

·         The final win vs. Appalachian State was the 2,000th in program history. Arkansas, which is in its 92nd season of baseball, has an all-time record of 2,010-1,273-6 (.612).

·         Sophomore right-handed pitcher Trey Killian picked up SEC Pitcher of the Week honors on March 24, after throwing his second straight complete game in a 2-1 victory over Alabama. The Mountain Home, Ark., native registered a season-high seven strikeouts while scattering four hits, with none after the fifth inning.

Killian Garners SEC Pitcher of the Week Honors

Sophomore right-handed pitcher Trey Killian picked up SEC Pitcher of the Week honors on March 24, after throwing his second straight complete game in a 2-1 victory over Alabama. The Mountain Home, Ark., native registered a season-high seven strikeouts while scattering four hits, with none after the fifth inning. He retired 14 of the final 15 Crimson Tide batters in the game as Arkansas scored once in the seventh inning and once in the eighth to earn the come-from-behind win. In his last three starts, Killian has pitched 24.0 innings and allowed just three earned runs. He is one of two SEC pitchers with multiple complete games in 2014. Killian’s recognition is the second conference weekly honor of his career and Arkansas’ first of the season. He is the first Razorback to earn Pitcher of the Week since Barrett Astin on April 29, 2013.

Razorbacks Among NCAA, SEC Leaders

Arkansas ranks 16th in the NCAA in team earned-run average, 7th in hits allowed per nine innings and 13th in WHIP. At the plate, Arkansas has taken 44 hit by pitches to rank 2nd in the SEC and 9th nationally. The Razorbacks have struck out 109 times, the 3rd-lowest total in the conference. Defensively, Arkansas leads the conference with eight pickoffs and is 4th with an average of 0.94 double plays turned per game. The Razorbacks lead the SEC with 132 hits allowed and have the second-best batting average against at .203. The team’s 48 earned runs allowed is tied for third in the conference.

Brian Anderson is tied for the SEC lead in hit by pitches with nine, which ranks 26th nationally.

Michael Bernal ranks 1st in the SEC with his average of 0.57 hit by pitch per game, and Brian Anderson is among a group tied for sixth with six total hit by pitches. Joe Serrano and Brett McAfee are among a group tied for 4th with three sacrifice flies, and Andrew Benintendi ranks 11th in the SEC with 14 walks. Eric Fisher’s 182 putouts are 6th in the conference, and Brian Anderson’s 60 assists are 14th.

Arkansas “Wearing” Pitches

The Razorbacks have been hit by 44 pitches so far this season, surpassing last year’s total of 36 HBP in 61 games and ranking tied for 3rd in the SEC. This year, Arkansas has been hit by a pitch in seven straight games and in 18 of 21 games, including multiple hit by pitches in 12 games. Arkansas was hit a season-high six times in the final game vs. Appalachian State and wore nine hit by pitches during the two-game series vs. Grambling State. The single-season school record for hit by pitches is 107 in 64 games in 2007, an average of 1.67 HBP per game.

Razorbacks Utilizing Balanced Scoring

Arkansas has spread its offense out early and late through the first 21 games of the season and has scored multiple runs in all nine innings. The Razorbacks have scored 54 runs in the first four innings and 54 runs between the fifth and ninth innings, with a high of 19 runs scored in the third inning.

Looking Ahead

Following three straight nonconference games, Arkansas resumes SEC play March 28-30 at Mississippi State. The next week, Arkansas plays five games in five days hosting Nebraska April 1-2 and South Carolina April 3-5 in a series moved to Thursday-Saturday in order to accommodate an ESPNU national broadcast of Thursday’s series opener.

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