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#4 Diamond Hogs sweep Binghamton

Overall Record: 14-2, 0-0 SEC
Last Week's Record: 3-0, 0-0 SEC

Recent Results:
March 9 – No. 4 Arkansas 4, Binghamton 0
March 10 – No. 4 Arkansas 5, Binghamton 3
March 10 – No. 4 Arkansas 6, Binghamton 0

Upcoming Games:
March 13, 6:05 p.m. – No. 4 Arkansas vs. Gonzaga – Baum Stadium
    **Game televised on CST**
March 14, 3:05 p.m. – No. 4 Arkansas vs. Gonzaga – Baum Stadium
March 16, 6:35 p.m. – No. 4 Arkansas vs. Alabama – Baum Stadium
March 17, 3 p.m. – No. 4 Arkansas vs. Alabama – Baum Stadium
    **Game televised on CSS/CST**
March 18, 1:05 p.m. – No. 4 Arkansas vs. Alabama – Baum Stadium

Player of the Week Nominee:

Derrick Bleeker – INF/OF – 6-5 – 225 – Longmont, Colo.

Opponent (W/L) AB R H BB Avg. RBI 2B 3B HR SB/SBA
vs. Binghamton (W, 4-0) 3 2 2 0 .667 2 0 0 2 0/0
vs. Binghamton (W, 5-3) 4 0 2 0 .571 0 0 0 0 0/0
WEEKLY TOTALS 7 2 4 0 .571 2 0 0 2 0/0


Notes (School Records, Career Highs, Season Highs, etc.): Junior Derrick Bleeker went 4-for-7 at the plate in Arkansas' series against Binghamton, helping the Razorbacks to a series sweep … Bleeker had a pair of hits in each game he played in, drove in two runs and scored twice … Finished the week with a 1.429 slugging percentage and a .571 on-base percentage … Recorded his first multi-homer game in the series opener against the Bearcats, hitting a pair of solo homers … His multi-homer performance was the first by a Razorback player since Kyle Robinson homered twice against Mississippi State on April 15, 2011 … Added two more hits in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader.

Pitcher of the Week Nominee:

Ryne Stanek – RHP – 6-4 – 180 – Overland Park, Kan.

Opponent G W L ShO SV IP H R ER ERA BB SO
vs. Binghamton (W, 4-0) 1 1 0 0 0 7.0 2 0 0 0.00 2 6
WEEKLY TOTALS 1 1 0 0 0 7.0 2 0 0 0.00 2 6


Notes (School Records, Career Highs, Season Highs, etc.): Sophomore pitcher Ryne Stanek earned his fourth win of the season in Arkansas' 4-0 win against Binghamton in the series opener on Friday … With his win on Friday, Stanek has now won six consecutive starts dating back to the 2011 season … Stanek tossed seven scoreless innings against the Bearcats, allowing just two hits and striking out six … After allowing a one-out single in the first, Stanek settled in and retired the next 15 batters he faced and didn't allow another base runner until a sixth inning walk … After the first inning hit, Stanek didn't allow another hit until the seventh inning … In four starts this season, Stanek is a perfect 4-0 with a 1.12 ERA … In 24 innings, the sophomore righty has struck out 21 and allowed just 17 hits, holding the opposition to a .205 batting average.

Team Notes:
The No. 4 Arkansas baseball team went 3-0 on the week, earning a sweep of Binghamton over the weekend. The Razorbacks posted a pair of shutouts on the weekend, marking the first time Arkansas had two shutouts in a weekend series since February 18-20, 2011, when the Razorbacks blanked Delaware State twice. With its three wins on the weekend, Arkansas is now 14-2 on the season.

As a team, Arkansas hit .271 in the series against Binghamton. Derrick Bleeker led the Razorbacks at the plate, going 4-for-7 with two homers and two RBI in the series. Bleeker belted both homers in the series opener, recording the first multi-homer game of his Arkansas career and becoming the first Razorback to hit more than one home run in a game since Kyle Robinson on April 15, 2011. Tim Carver continued his hot hitting at the plate, hitting .500 (5-for-10) against Binghamton with a pair of doubles and three runs scored. Carver had at least one hit in each game of the series, extending his hitting streak to a career-long 13 games. Along with his hitting streak, Carver has also reached base in all 16 games this season. Carver leads the Razorbacks with a .457 batting average on the season to go along with nine RBI and a team-high eight stolen bases. Sam Bates hit his fourth and fifth homers of the season against Binghamton and finished the series with a .429 batting average with two RBI. Bates leads Arkansas with five homers and 15 RBI on the season. Matt Reynolds hit .375 against the Bearcats with a homer and two RBI. Reynolds is hitting over .400 on the season, batting .404 with three round-trippers and 12 RBI.

The Razorback pitching staff was dominant in the three games against Binghamton, finishing the weekend with a 3-0 record with one save and a 0.67 ERA. Arkansas pitchers struck out 24 during the series and held the Bearcat hitters to a .151 batting average. Ryne Stanek earned his fourth win of the season in the series opener, tossing seven scoreless innings with six strikeouts. Stanek is 4-0 on the season with a 1.12 ERA and has won his last six starts. DJ Baxendale improved his record to 5-0 on the season with a win in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader. Baxendale allowed three runs, just two earned, and struck out three in five innings. Baxendale is 5-0 on the season with a 2.45 ERA and has won his last seven starts. Randall Fant started the second game of Saturday's doubleheader and picked up his first win of the season, pitching six shutout innings and striking out four. Brandon Moore earned his first save of the season in Saturday's first game, pitching four shutout innings with five strikeouts. Moore is 1-0 on the season with a save and a 1.26 ERA in six appearances this season. Barrett Astin, Cade Lynch, Michael Gunn, Colby Suggs and Ty Wright each had a scoreless outing in relief for Arkansas during the weekend series. Astin has not allowed a run and given up just two hits in 13 innings of work this season. Lynch is 0-0 with a save and a 1.26 ERA in six outings this season, while Gunn has thrown five shutout innings on the year. Suggs has pitched in seven games on the season and is 0-0 with a 1.50 ERA. Wright has made four outings out of the bullpen and has not allowed a run in 3.2 innings.

Arkansas has five games scheduled for the upcoming week. The Razorbacks host Gonzaga on Tuesday and Wednesday. Game times against the Bulldogs are scheduled for 6:05 p.m. on Tuesday and 3:05 p.m. on Wednesday. Tuesday's game will be televised by CST. Next weekend, Arkansas opens SEC play against Alabama. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. on Friday, 3 p.m. on Saturday and 1:05 p.m. on Sunday. Saturday's game will be televised by CSS and CST.

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