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No. 24 Diamond Hogs Cap Regular Season at Missouri
FAYETTEVILLE - The Arkansas baseball team will put a lid on the regular season this weekend, traveling to Missouri Thursday-Saturday to take on the Tigers at Taylor Stadium.
Thursday (6p): MO - RHP Brett Graves vs. ARK - RHP Trey Killian
Friday (6:05p): MO - RHP Peter Fairbanks vs. ARK - RHP Chris Oliver
Saturday (3:05p): MO - RHP Keaton Steele vs. ARK - TBA
Arkansas leads the all-time series with Missouri 12-11, but the Tigers hold a 5-4 advantage in Columbia. The Razorbacks have won six straight games against Missouri and eight of the last 10 overall. Arkansas last played the Tigers in 2012 and swept a midweek series at Baum Stadium by scores of 6-3 and 2-0.
What You Need to Know
• Following a series victory over No. 20 Texas A&M last weekend, the Arkansas baseball team reappeared in the national polls Monday afternoon at No. 24 according to Perfect Game.
• The Razorbacks have won at least one game in 26 straight SEC series dating back to the 2012 season, currently the second longest streak in the league.
• The Razorbacks have a magic number of one to clinch a spot in the SEC Tournament. Any combination next week of an Arkansas win or Georgia/Auburn loss will send the Razorbacks to the conference tournament.
• The Razorbacks just finished a stretch of playing 20 ranked opponents in a 29-game span and did so with a 10-10 record.
• The Razorbacks rank second in the league in ERA at 2.39, sitting only behind South Carolina at 2.09. Arkansas ranks 11th in the country in ERA and 3rd in the nation in hits allowed per nine innings at 6.54.
• Arkansas has won three SEC series against ranked opponents, defeating No. 1 South Carolina, No. 11 Vanderbilt and No. 20 Texas A&M.
• Joe Serrano leads the team with 18 multi-hit games, while Andrew Benintendi is second with 17 multi-hit performances. Eric Fisher leads the squad with 10 multi-RBI games and ranks 3rd in the SEC with eight home runs.
• Arkansas turned three more double plays last weekend against the Aggies to bring the season total to an SEC-leading 52.
• The Razorbacks have held their opponents to two runs or less in 29 of 53 games this year and won 21 of those contests.
Beeks Skips Weekend Start
Following soreness in his shoulder after the Ole Miss series, Jalen Beeks will skip his second straight start this weekend head coach Dave Van Horn announced after the Texas A&M series.
Fisher's Power Numbers
Eric Fisher launched another home run last weekend against Texas A&M and is suddenly tied for third in the SEC with eight home runs. He has four of his eight home runs in the last 16 games and holds the team lead with 10 multi-RBI games.
Eagan on Top
Clark Eagan took over the top spot in the lineup last week and flourished at the plate, hitting .500 with four hits, two runs scored, three walks and a home run. He converted three sacrifice bunts and had an on base percentage of .667.
Trey Killian continues to lead the SEC in complete games with four, with all four complete games coming against squads currently ranked in the top 25, including three of them on the road. He has allowed one earned runs or less in eight of his six starts and has an ERA of 2.29.
Model of Consistency
Brian Anderson continues to be one of the most consistent players in the country and is the only Razorback to start every game this season. He has hit safely in 26 of the last 29 games and in 45 of 53 contests on the year.
Wiser Than Most
Jake Wise has turned into a nightmare for opponent behind the plate with an SEC-leading five pickoffs and 20 runners caught stealing. He has allowed just 23 stolen bases on the year for a .535 stolen base percentage allowed.
This Date in History
Arkansas is 235-229 all-time in the month of May, including a 12-12 mark on May 15, 4-11 record on May 16 and 10-3 mark on May 17.
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