After a mid-week win over Charlotte, the Hogs took 2 of 3 from Louisiana Tech to improve to 12-2 overall. They will further tune up against Western Illinois before starting the conference season at home against Missouri this weekend.
Hitter of the Week
Bouncing back from and 0 for 5, 3 strikeout performance on Friday, Casey Martin drove in 6 runs with 2 home runs in the final two games of the weekend. Both home runs were of the three run variety, and Martin also added a double in game 2. While the first home run was inside the park as a result of the outfielders attempting to sell a trapped ball ground rule double, his homer on Sunday was a no doubter that he got to enjoy from the moment he stepped out of the box.
Pitcher of the Week
After giving up 12 runs and using 8 pitchers in the loss on Saturday, Arkansas needed Cody Scroggins to go deep into his start on Sunday, and he turned in a brilliant performance. He finished with 6 shutout innings, 11 strikeouts, 2 hits, and 1 walk. It was the best start of his career to date and just what the Hogs needed to take the series over the Bulldogs.
Most Important Stat
Against a veteran Louisiana Tech team picked to win a strong Conference USA, Arkansas pitchers had 39 strikeouts to only 6 walks in the three game series. This has been their MO so far this season as they have struck out 159 and allowed just 41 walks through 14 games.
Christian Franklin just missed the natural cycle Wednesday against Charlotte. He went 3 for 4 with a single, double, triple (in order), 3 RBI, and 1 run scored. Franklin’s success at the bottom of the order has him leading the team in batting average (.381), RBI (16), and slugging percentage (.643)