Hogs Set to Host Loyola Marymount

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – No. 20 Arkansas returns to action this weekend, playing host to Loyola Marymount Friday and Saturday at 3:05 p.m. and Sunday at 12:35 p.m. at Baum Stadium.

Follow Live
All three games will broadcasted live on SEC Network Plus and the WatchESPN App with Alex Perlman (PXP) and Troy Eklund (Analyst), while Phil Elson (PXP) and Rick Schaeffer (Analyst) will have the call on the IMG Razorback Radio Network.

Probable Starters
Fri. | 3:05p | (ARK) RHP Trey Killian vs. (LMU) RHP Colin Welmon
Sat. | 3:05p | (ARK) RHP Dominic Taccolini vs. (LMU) RHP Trevor Megill
Sun. | 12:35p | (ARK) RHP Keaton McKinney vs. (LMU) RHP Tylor Megill

Friday Probable Starter – RHP Trey Killian
After Missing the first three weeks of the season due to elbow tendonitis, junior Trey Killian will make his 2015 debut Friday in the series opener. He is coming off a stellar sophomore season in 2014 where he posted an SEC-leading four complete games and allowed two runs or less in 10 of his 14 starts. He held opponents to a .222 batting average in 94.0 innings of work.

Saturday Probable Starter – RHP Dominic Taccolini
Dominic Taccolini has posted a pair of quality starts in his first three outings and will go for his third victory of the year Saturday again LMU. He has tossed a team-leading 16.0 innings and has 18 strikeouts on the year. Opponents are hitting .182 against the right-hander who is 4-1 all-time in six career starts.

Sunday Probable Starter – RHP Keaton McKinney
Coming off his first collegiate win against Eastern Illinois in 4.0 scoreless innings of work, Keaton McKinney will make his third start of the year Sunday against the Lions. He has allowed just one run and four hits over his last 9.0 innings, while striking out seven.

Leading Off
• Razorbacks lead the nation in batting average at .350 and slugging percentage at .556 and rank third in the country in home runs per game and double plays turned per game.

• Arkansas is one of two teams in the SEC to score at least four runs in every game this season, joining Texas A&M, one of only two unbeaten teams remaining in the country.

• The Razorbacks are ranked No. 20 in the country in the latest Perfect Game USA Top 25 Poll, while receiving votes in the NCBWA Top 30 Poll.

• Arkansas is the only program in the SEC to have four players hitting over .400 on the year. Carson Shaddy ranks No. 2 with a .526 batting average, while Bobby Wernes follows at No. 6 with a .444 average.

• The Razorback pitching staff has recorded double-digit strikeouts in five of the team’s nine games this season, including a season-high 13 punch outs three different times.

• Tyler Spoon carries a 10-game hitting streak into the weekend, hitting safely in eight games this season and the final two games of the 2014 season.

• Bobby Wernes is tied for the national lead with three triples and ranks 10th in the nation with a .545 on-base percentage.

Quick Notes
• Arkansas is 6-0 when holding opponents to two runs or less.
• 22 of 61 RBI this season have come with two outs.
• Arkansas is home four of the top 16 hitters in the SEC.
• The Razorbacks are hitting .356 with runners in scoring position.
• Arkansas is hitting .625 (5-for-8) with the bases loaded.
• Bobby Wernes is tied for the national lead with three triples and ranks 10th in the nation with a .545 on-base percentage.
• Chad Spanberger leads the team with five two-out RBI.
• Andrew Benintendi leads the team and is tied for third in the SEC with three home runs.
• Dominic Taccolini leads the pitching staff with 18 strikeouts.
• Rick Nomura and Bobby Wernes have a team-leading five multi-hit games on the year.

Series History
Arkansas is 0-1 all-time against Loyola Marymount, with the only meeting coming at the 1988 NCAA Regional in Stillwater, Oklahoma with the Lions winning 8-3.

The Best Yet
Arkansas’ current nation-leading .350 batting average is the highest average through nine games in Coach Van Horn’s 13-year tenure at the helm of the Razorbacks.

Roll It Up
Arkansas has turned 13 doubles plays on the year, tied with five other SEC schools for the league lead. Jackson Lowery leads the team with four double plays induced.

Breaking Down The Power Numbers
Arkansas has 11 home runs through nine games and ranks third in the country with 1.25 home runs per game. Eleven home runs through nine games is the most since 2010 when the #ProHogs duo of Andy Wilkins and James McCann had Arkansas at 15 home runs through the first nine contests.

DVH Milestone Watch
Head coach Dave Van Horn is closing in on 500 wins at Arkansas, currently sitting at 491-272 (.643) in his 13th season at the helm of the Razorbacks.

Coming Up
Arkansas returns to action with a two-game mid-week series against Gonzaga, welcoming the Bulldogs to town next Tuesday-Wednesday March 10-11 at Baum Stadium.

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