Super Regional Preview: Arkansas at Arizona State

JordanSwagertyASU The Arkansas Razorbacks head to Tempe this weekend to take on the Arizona State Sun Devils. The Razorbacks enter the Super Regionals with a 43-19 overall record after going 3-1 in the Regionals with victories over Grambling (19-7), Washington State (6-4), losing to Washington State (10-7), before defeating the Cougars in the final game of the Regional 7-2. Arizona State enters the Regional 50-8 after going 3-0 in the Regionals last week with victories over UW-Wisconsin (6-2) before defeating Hawaii twice by scores of 12-1 and 8-4.

 

Arkansas has a team batting average of .308. The Razorbacks are led at the plate by All-SEC team member Zack Cox who is hitting .427 with nine homers and 48 RBI. He has also stolen 11 bases in 12 attempts. Collin Kuhn is second on the squad with a .348 average while hitting 16 homers and driving in 52 runs. Brett Eibner leads the team with 21 homers while hitting .337. Bo Bingham is also over .300 with a .306 average.

Arkansas has a team ERA of 3.92. They are led by Drew Smyly who is 9-1 with a 2.56 ERA while striking out 108 batters in 98.1 innings. Mike Bolsinger has been the second starter as he is 6-5 with a 4.55 ERA. DJ Baxendale leads the team with seven saves while going 0-2 with a 4.00 ERA.

The Arizona State Sun Devils enter the weekend with a team batting average of .341. They are led by Riccio Torrez who is hitting .404 with nine homers and 51 RBI in 55 games. He has also been solid on the basepaths with 20 stolen bases in 24 attempts. Zack McPhee is second on the squad with a .394 batting average with nine homers and a team high 63 RBI. Drew Maggi leads the team on the basepaths with 34 stolen bases in 42 attempts while hitting .343.

ASU has a team ERA of 3.10. They are led on the hill by Seth Blair who is a perfect 12-0 with a 3.06 ERA. Merrill Kelly is second on the squad with a 10-2 record while having an ERA of 3.52 in 16 starts. Jake Borup is the number 3 starter with a record of 11-1 with a 4.08 ERA. Jordan Swagerty leads the back end of the pitching staff with a 1-0 record and a 2.05 ERA while accumulating 14 saves.

  • devildog

    Game 1 was the worst umpired game I’ve ever seen by a home plate ump! Reference, I was a Major League scout for 7 yrs. and oversea scout for 11 more. The Red team had 4 dead straight center 3rd strikes not called. And the middle relief had to throw 40-60 pitches more due to the strike zone being as big as a tomato can. I’m glad the tv commentators called him out (most of the time they sugarcoat it). Perry Costello was removed from the minor leagues for that reason, inconsistent strike zone. He should be ashamed. Sun Devils did good job at taking so many pitches. If I was them I wouldn’t have a swung at a single pitch.

    • http://thecollegebaseballblog.com Brian Foley

      Perry also works in the CWS

      • devildog

        I’m telling you, if you DVRed that game YOU HAVE TO GO BACK AND WATCH IT! I’m not kidding it was downright awful. I hate to say that because some of my best friends are umps. I just hate to see bad calls cost a team that works so hard in 60+ game season. Just think of that blood, sweat, tears. And to have questionable umpiring it just stinks. Sorry it that makes people upset.

        • http://thecollegebaseballblog.com Brian Foley

          I am not disagreeing with you…I am just stating he has worked in the CWS in the past.

  • devildog

    Yeah I know. He made it to the Majors. Along with doing the Minors. Lots of yrs. behind the dish. I just always found him to be a little bit frustrating. Flip a coin on his calls. It would be more consistent. By the way, you’re doing a great job on all the regional coverage.