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Arkansas Ready for New Mexico

After winning two of three games at Alabama last weekend, the 10th-ranked Arkansas baseball team returns home to face New Mexico in a Tuesday doubleheader at Baum Stadium.
FAYETTEVILLE, AR – After winning two of three games at Alabama last weekend, the 10th-ranked Arkansas baseball team returns home to face New Mexico in a Tuesday doubleheader at Baum Stadium. First pitch for game one of the twinbill is set for 3:05 p.m., while game two will start 30 minutes after the conclusion of game one.           

Both games of Tuesday’s doubleheader 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 and former Arkansas Sports Information Director Rick Schaeffer will have the call. A live blog and live stats for each game will be available on ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Fans can also follow updates of each game on @RazorbackBSB, the official Twitter account of the Razorback baseball team.

Single-game reserved tickets are available for Tuesday’s doubleheader. Reserved tickets are $10 and 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, while supplies last.

Only Tuesday single-game and Tuesday season tickets will be honored for both games of the doubleheader. Fans who purchased single-game tickets for Wednesday’s game vs. New Mexico should call the Razorback ticket office at 1-800-982-HOGS (4647). Wednesday season tickets are not eligible for exchange.           

Arkansas enters the doubleheader against New Mexico with a 23-9 overall record. The Razorbacks, who have won nine of their last 11 games, are coming off a series victory at Alabama last weekend. It was Arkansas’ third series victory over the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa and the first series win at Alabama since 2005. The Razorback offense had 30 hits in the three-game series and hit .288 as a team. Joe Serrano led Arkansas at the plate, batting .462 with three runs scored. Willie Schwanke was 4-for-7 in the series, while Dominic Ficociello hit .333 (4-for-12) with a run scored. On the mound, the Arkansas pitching staff only allowed 2 earned runs in 26 innings for a 0.69 ERA.           

For the season, Arkansas is batting .278 as a team. The Razorbacks are led offensively by Brian Anderson, who is hitting .330 with a homer and 21 RBI. Tyler Spoon is batting .315 and leads the team with three homers and 34 RBI. Matt Vinson is also batting .315 and has a homer and 16 RBI. Serrano is the fourth Razorback batting over .300 as he has a .303 batting average with a homer and 12 RBI.           

On the mound, the Razorbacks lead the nation with a 1.59 team ERA. Arkansas will start senior southpaw Tyler Wright in the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader. Wright has a 1-0 record with a 0.00 ERA in six games, including one start. Freshman left hander Colin Poché will get the start in game two of the twinbill. Poché has a 3-0 record with a 0.53 ERA in five appearances, including four starts.            

The Arkansas bullpen has compiled an 8-2 record with nine saves and a 1.00 ERA. Out of the bullpen, Jalen Beeks has pitched in a team-leading 15 games and has a team-high four wins with two saves and a 0.70 ERA. Brandon Moore has appeared in 12 games and has a 1-2 record with a 1.63 ERA. Colby Suggs leads the Razorbacks with four saves and has a 2.70 ERA in 11 appearances. Michael Gunn and Chris Oliver have each pitched in seven games and have not allowed an earned run this season.

New Mexico currently has a 16-15 overall record. The Lobos have won three of their last four contests and are coming off a series at Air Force where they won two of three games.

The Lobos are hitting .323 as a team and are led at the plate by preseason All-American DJ Peterson, who is hitting .420 with 12 homers and 42 RBI. Mitch Garver has a .378 batting average with 27 RBI, while Alex Real is hitting .356 with four homers and 18 RBI. Alex Allbritton is hitting .341 with 20 RBI and Luke Campbell has a .339 batting average with two round-trippers and 26 RBI.

On the mound, New Mexico has a team ERA of 5.44. The Lobos are scheduled to start freshman right hander Drew Bridges in the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader. Bridges has a 1-1 record with a 5.87 ERA in five appearances, including three starts. The Lobos have not announced a starter for the second game of the doubleheader.

Out of the bullpen, Will Mathis and Josh Walker are tied for the team high with 16 appearances. Mathis has a 0-4 record with a 7.80 ERA, while Walker leads the team with five saves and has a 2-0 record with a 4.76 ERA. Hobie McClain has pitched in 15 games and is 1-0 with a 4.43 ERA. Gabe Aguilar has appeared in 14 games and is 3-2 with a 4.11 ERA. Jonathan Cuellar has pitched in 10 games, eight in relief, and is 2-0 with a save and a 3.42 ERA.

Arkansas and New Mexico have played just seven times previously with the Razorbacks winning six of the seven meetings. The Razorbacks and Lobos have played just two games in Fayetteville with the Razorbacks winning both games. The two teams last met in the 2011 NCAA Tempe Regional with Arkansas claiming a 3-0 win.

For more information regarding Razorback baseball or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.

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