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Fant, Ficociello, Moore, & Vinson sign pro contracts

FAYETTEVILLE ( – Former University of Arkansas baseball players Dominic Ficociello, Brandon Moore, Randall Fant and Matt Vinson have each signed professional contracts.

Ficociello was drafted in the 12th round by the Detroit Tigers, Moore was picked in the 17th round by the Milwaukee Brewers, Fant was selected in the 29th round by the Houston Astros and Vinson was taken in the 37th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

A native of Fullerton, Calif., Ficociello played in 46 games, with 45 starts, during his junior season and hit .247 with three home runs and 17 RBI. Ficociello finished the year with nine multi-hit games and had five multi-RBI performances. Defensively, Ficociello split time at first and second base as a junior and had a .974 fielding percentage, committing eight errors on the season.

In three years as a Razorback, Ficociello played in 174 games, 171 as a starter, and had a .294 career batting average with 13 homers and 108 RBI. Ficociello had 49 multi-hit games and 28 multi-RBI games in his career. Ficociello also had 12 sacrifice flies in his career, which ranks tied for eighth in school history. A two-time All-SEC Defensive Team selection, Ficociello finished his collegiate career with a .981 fielding percentage, committing just 27 errors over three seasons.

A native of Van Buren, Ark., Moore made 25 relief appearances, which ranked second on the team, in 2013. Moore finished the season with a 1-4 record and a 2.68 ERA. In 47 innings, Moore only allowed 35 hits, holding opponents to a .215 batting average, and struck out 30 batters.

In three seasons at Arkansas, Moore pitched in 71 games, 14 as a starter, and had a 10-7 record with three saves and a 2.85 ERA. In 198.2 innings, Moore struck out 104 batters and allowed 176 hits, holding the opposition to a .245 average. Moore leaves Arkansas ranked tied for sixth in school history in career appearances.

A native of Texarkana, Texas, Fant enjoyed his best season as a Razorback in 2013, finishing the year with a 6-1 record and a 2.03 ERA in 14 starts. Fant pitched 66.2 innings, allowing 17 runs, 15 earned, on 50 hits and struck out 52 batters. Fant ranked eighth in the SEC in ERA, seventh in opposing batting average (.207) and tied for 15th in wins. In nine starts in SEC play, Fant compiled a 4-1 record with a 2.23 ERA. In league games only, Fant ranked ninth in ERA, third in opposing batting average (.194) and tied for ninth in wins.

Fant finished his collegiate career with a 14-11 record and a 3.26 ERA in 59 appearances, including 49 starts. In 223.1 innings, Fant allowed 91 runs, 81 earned, on 205 hits and struck out 151 batters. Fant allowed opponents to hit just .246. Fant leaves Arkansas ranked third in school history in career starts.

A native of Alma, Ark., Vinson played in 57 of Arkansas' 61 games and made 56 starts during the 2013 season. The senior outfielder finished the year with a .286 batting average, two homers and 24 RBI. He finished tied for the team lead with eight stolen bases and was caught stealing only once. Vinson ranked third on the team with 18 multi-hit games and was tied for third with six multi-RBI performances. Defensively, Vinson had six outfield assists on the year.

Vinson finished his collegiate career with a .245 batting average, seven homers and 60 RBI in 179 games played, including 137 starts. He added 14 stolen bases and was only caught stealing four times.

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