Arkansas faces LSU today


HOOVER, Ala. — After picking up an extra-innings victory over Ole Miss on Wednesday morning, the Arkansas baseball team continues play in the SEC Tournament today as it faces LSU in a winner’s bracket game. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

Arkansas (36-19) opened the tournament with a 2-1 in 10 innings over Ole Miss. The Razorbacks scored the game-winning run on a walk-off wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th.

Barrett Astin tied a career-high with eight innings, allowing a run on five hits, while Jalen Beeks earned the win after tossing two scoreless innings.

Offensively, Arkansas had 11 hits, led by Matt Vinson, who went 3 for 5 with a run scored. Brian Anderson, Dominic Ficociello and Joe Serrano each had two hits in the victory.

The Razorbacks are hitting .262 as a team entering Thursday’s game. Anderson leads the Razorbacks at the plate with a .353 batting average, four homers and 33 RBI. Anderson is 18 for 32 (.563) with seven RBI over his last nine games. Vinson is batting .295 with two homers and 22 RBI, while Serrano has a .284 batting average with a homer and 16 RBI. Jacob Mahan is also hitting .284 with two homers and 20 RBI.

The Razorback pitching staff leads the country with a team ERA of 1.88. Junior right-handed pitcher Ryne Stanek will get the start on Thursday. Stanek has compiled an 8-2 record with a 1.54 ERA in 14 starts this season. Stanek finished SEC play with a 7-1 record and a 0.97 ERA. He closed the regular season ranked second in the SEC in ERA and first in ERA in conference games only.

LSU brings a 49-8 overall record into Thursday’s contest. The Tigers won the SEC Western Division regular season title, finishing the league slate with a 23-7 record. LSU played its first game in the SEC Tournament on Wednesday, blanking Alabama, 3-0.

The Tigers are hitting .312 as a team and are led offensively by Alex Bregman, who is batting .394 with five homers and 49 RBI

The Tigers are scheduled to start sophomore right hander Aaron Nola today on the mound. Nola has started 13 games on the season and has a 10-10 record with a 1.99 ERA.