Jason Ivester, Hawgs Illustrated

University of Arkansas baseball team preview

Included is a preview of the University of Arkansas baseball team, the team Mississippi State plays this weekend at Dudy Noble Field.

Gametimes (CT) - Thursday 6:30 pm | Friday 6:30 pm | Saturday 5 pm

Arkansas Road Record - Arkansas is 3-12 on the road.

Arkansas Pitching Rotation:

Junior RHP Dominic Taccolini, who will pitch Thursday, has posted a 2-4 overall record this season with a 7.81 ERA. In SEC road games he has an ERA of 5.47 (15 ER, 24.2 IP). In his last three SEC starts he has a 10.43 ERA (17 ER, 14.2 IP).

Sophomore RHP Keaton McKinney, who may be the Friday night rotation pitcher for Arkansas, has an overall 1-5 record with a 6.75 ERA. In away SEC games he has given up 12 earned runs in 14.1 innings for an ERA of 7.54. In his last three SEC appearances he has an ERA of 7.24 (13.2 IP, 11 ER).

Junior RHP Zach Jackson, who could possibly throw Saturday for Arkansas, is 2-3 overall this season with an ERA of 5.59. In SEC away games he has an ERA of 3.38 (16.0 IP, 6 ER). In his last three SEC outings he has given up 9 earned runs in 11.2 innings, which is an ERA of 6.94.

Arkansas Relief Pitching:

Arkansas uses a lot of pitchers in relief in SEC play, including junior RHP Josh Alberius, freshman RHP Blaine Knight, junior LHP Jordan Rodriquez, senior RHP Doug Willey, junior RHP James Teague, freshman RHP Isaiah Campbell and freshman RHP Barrett Loseke. Arkansas has only recorded one save in SEC play, that was recorded by reliever-turned started Zach Jackson.

In 12 games Alberius has a 1-1 record and an ERA of 2.63. Teams are hitting .308 against him.

Knight has appeared in 8 games with a 0-1 record and a 1.69 ERA. Teams are hitting .278 against him.

Rodriquez has thrown in 11 games, recording a 1-1 record with an ERA of 6.00. Teams are only hitting .190 against him. Walks have been his nemesis.

Willey has thrown in 10 games, also recording a 1-1 record. His ERA is 7.43 with teams batting .392 against him.

Teague has pitched in 9 games with a 0-3 record and a 10.19 ERA. Teams are batting .373 against him.

Campbell has thrown in 6 games and has a 0-0 record. His ERA is 4.05 and teams are batting .259 against him.

Loseke has appeared in 8 games, recording a 0-2 record. His ERA is 4.76 and teams are hitting .237 against him.

Arkansas Hitting:

Arkansas is scoring 4.9 runs per game in SEC games. In road SEC games they are scoring 4.5 runs per game as compared to 5.3 at home. As a team, Arkansas is hitting .268 in SEC games. They have two players hitting over .300 in the SEC - Cullen Gassaway at .329 and Rick Nomura at .304.


Against ranked teams this season Arkansas is 8-16. In road games against ranked teams Arkansas has a 4-10 record.

Against common opponents Arkansas is 9-16 and MSU is 17-7. (MVSU, UL-Monroe, Memphis, Auburn, Missouri, Ole Miss, Florida, Texas A&M, LSU, Alabama).

Arkansas and MSU Stats
CategoryArkansasMississippi State
Record 26-26 37-14-1
Batting Average .278 .312
Runs 319 (6.1 pg) 354 (6.8 pg)
Home Runs 48 41
OB % .365 .394
Stolen Bases-Attempts 38-50 41-51
Walks 217 (4.2 pg) 213 (4.1 pg)
Strikeouts 380 (7.3 pg) 307 (5.9 pg)
LOB 404 (7.8 pg) 454 (8.7 pg)
Team ERA 5.09 3.45
Saves 9 15
Walks 229 (4.4 pg) 179 (3.4 pg)
Strikeouts 433 (8.3 pg) 468 (9.0 pg)
Batting Average Against .269 .244
Fielding % .974 .976

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