Arkansas is tied for 24th in the coaches’ poll. The Razorbacks also are ranked 27th by both polls that rank 30 teams, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and Collegiate Baseball.
Arkansas has started its 2014 schedule 7-2 by sweeping Appalachian State and Eastern Illinois and taking one game from South Alabama. The Razorbacks have won at least seven of their first nine games in all 12 seasons under head coach Dave Van Horn, and their 7-0 start left them one of the final six undefeated teams in Division I. Arkansas has outscored its opponents 65-27, marking the fifth straight year and 11th time under Coach Van Horn with at least 65 runs scored in the first nine games. The 27 runs allowed rank as the fourth-lowest total through nine games under Coach Van Horn.
Individually, the Razorbacks have been led on the mound by Jalen Beeks and at the plate by Joe Serrano and Tyler Spoon. Beeks has won all three of his starts and is tied for the SEC lead in that category. He also is tied for third in the conference with just one run allowed, ranks eighth with an earned-run average of 0.51 and is 10th in the conference with 17 strikeouts and an opponent batting average of .155. Spoon’s 12 RBI rank sixth in the SEC, and Serrano’s .389 batting average is tied for 10th.
The Razorbacks hit the road for the first time this season, traveling to Berkeley, Calif., to compete in the Cal Baseball Classic. Arkansas plays San Francisco at 4:30 p.m. CT on Friday, Tulane at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and a doubleheader with host Cal beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday.
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