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Weekend Recap: Hogs Drop First SEC Series of the Season

Bullpen falls short in the Sunday rubber match.

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Arkansas dropped its first SEC series of the season and the first home conference series since 2017. All games were competitive until late in the Sunday rubber match. While this is no need to push the panic button, it also isn't the best way to head into a road trip at Auburn and Vanderbilt before coming back home to face Mississippi State. There was plenty to learn from in the two losses, and if history is any storyteller, Dave Van Horn will have an improved team next week.

Hitter of the Week

Dominic Fletcher continued his torrid streak of hitting this week with 7 hits over four games including 3 doubles to bring him to 14 on the season, and 4 RBI (22 for the season). While other hitters have cooled off lately, Fletcher is now the team leader in average (.324), doubles, and slugging percentage (.571).

Pitcher of the Week

Right now there is Isaiah Campbell and then everyone else when it comes to toeing the rubber for Arkansas. The redshirt junior went another 7 innings and allowed his first runs of the SEC season (2) while striking out 5 and walking 2 in the win over Ole Miss. Campbell is now 6-0 on the season with a 2.03 ERA, 56 strikeouts and 7 walks in 44.1 innings.

Stat of the Week

12 walks allowed by Razorback pitching in the rubber match against Ole Miss on Sunday was not only uncharacteristic of the staff, it put the Hogs in a hole it could not pull itself out of in a 10-5 loss. While there were also 14 hits allowed in the game, 5 runs usually wins a game with this staff that had allowed only 91 walks in 240.2 innings heading into the game.

Mid Week Warrior

Apparently Patrick Wicklander wants to be a starter. The freshman has produced much better on the mound when starting games than when relieving them and he looked very good in 2 innings against Missouri State. In the short mid-week start, Wicklander used 26 pitches to strike out 5 of 6 batters faced. He allowed no hits, walks, or runs in the game.