FAYETTEVILLE (ArkansasRazorbacks.com) – Arkansas junior right-handed pitcher Ryne Stanek was recognized for his complete game performance at South Carolina last weekend by being named the SEC Pitcher of the Week, as announced on Monday by the league office.
Stanek becomes the third Razorback to earn a SEC weekly honor this season. Freshman pitchers Trey Killian and Colin Poché were each named SEC Freshman of the Week earlier in the season.
A native of Overland Park, Kan., Stanek was dominant on the mound against the Gamecocks, turning in the second complete game of his collegiate career to lead the Razorbacks to a series-clinching win on Saturday. Stanek only gave up two unearned runs on three hits and struck out a season-high seven batters in his complete game effort. The three hits allowed were the fewest by an Arkansas pitcher in a complete game performance since Brett Eibner only gave up one hit against Georgia on April 19, 2009. Stanek opened the contest by retiring the first eight batters he faced and closed the game by sitting down 14 of the last 16 batters he faced, including the last six South Carolina batters to come to the plate.
The Razorbacks went on to sweep the three-game series against the Gamecocks, becoming the first SEC team to sweep a three-game series in Columbia since the 1999 season. It was also Arkansas' first road series sweep against a top-10 opponent since sweeping LSU in 2004.
Stanek has started six games on the season and has a 2-1 record with a 2.35 ERA. In 30.2 innings pitched, Stanek has allowed 13 runs, eight earned, on 23 hits and has struck out 27 batters. Opponents are batting just .219 against the junior right hander.
Stanek and the rest of the Arkansas baseball team return to action this week with five games scheduled. The Razorbacks will face Mississippi Valley State on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tuesday's game, which begins at 3:05 p.m., will be at Baum Stadium, while Wednesday's game, which starts at 7:05 p.m., will take place at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock. Wednesday's game will be televised by CST. This weekend, the Razorbacks welcome Mississippi State to Baum Stadium for a three-game series. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. on Friday, 2:05 p.m. on Saturday and 1:05 p.m. on Sunday. Friday and Sunday's games will be televised by CST