Junior Trey Killian has arguably been Arkansas' best pitcher this year – something of course hidden unless you look beyond just the 2-8 record.
But Killian and his 2.42 ERA will trot back out to the mound Friday night at 6:35 p.m. looking for an SEC-leading fifth complete game with a simple philosophy when the Razorbacks (30-20, 11-13) host Texas A&M (30-19, 12-12).
"Just stay loose, have fun," Killian said. "Keep having fun with it. It's a game. We're trying to win, but at the same time you've got to have fun while you're doing it or else you're not going to do well. So we're not going to press this weekend necessarily. We're really wanting to pick up at least two. So we're just going to go out there, compete and have fun."
Killian may have to go at the Aggies without catcher Jake Wise behind the plate because of a concussion.
"My job is to go out there and compete," Killian said. " If we don't have Jake there, then (pitching) Coach (Dave) Jorn will probably be calling the game and we trust him to. He always calls the right pitch. So as pitchers, we're just going to go out there and do our job and try not to worry about the catcher behind the plate."
Killian does admit that not having Wise would be tough.
"He's the sole reason we do what we do out there," Killian said. "He sees what the hitters are looking for. He calls the right pitches. And obviously he throws a lot of runners out when you let them on base so that's always good."
The Aggies bring in a team that beat LSU two of three games last weekend after doing the same to South Carolina earlier.
"They have a lot of guys back from last year," Killian said. "Their pitching doesn't seem too bad. I feel like it's going to be an overall good matchup this weekend."
Chris Oliver will move up from his normal pitching day on Sunday to start Saturday's game.
"After pitching Sunday, we had Monday and Tuesday off," Oliver said. "I didn't throw at all. Usually, I would have thrown Tuesday if I'd been starting the Sunday game. So I took one extra day off, came out yesterday and threw a bullpen. Short bullpen. Kind of taking it easy, slowing down the week a little bit. Just so I'm fresh to go on Saturday."
Killian is confident that whoever Arkansas decides to start on Sunday will get the job done.
We've got guys that started midweeks," Killian said. "We've got (Colin) Poche and (Alex) Phillips and guys like that that we can throw out there if we need to or we've got guys out of the pen that can go extended innings. We can run one of those guys out there to start. So I think we'll be OK this weekend."
Killian Looks To Have Fun
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