Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Game Day: MU @ Arkansas Razorbacks

Mizzou began the season with an SEC preview at Auburn.  Now, as the season winds down, the Tigers have another SEC preview:  a 2-game set at Arkansas' Baum Stadium in Fayetteville.

Arkansas currently sits in 2nd place in the SEC West, with a 11-10 record in conference and 31-13 overall.  They are coming off a 2-1 series win against Florida this past weekend.

Arkansas has a 10-1 record in mid-week games, with a combined score of 61-21.  The one loss came to Oklahoma.

♦ Mizzou vs. Arkansas Stats
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Arkansas' last mid-week game:

Arkansas loses no-hitter, beats Oral Roberts (Arkansas Online)
Tim Carver hit two solo home runs and seven Arkansas pitchers combined to allow just one hit as the No. 21 Razorbacks beat Oral Roberts 6-1 Tuesday night at Baum Stadium.

Arkansas lost a no-hit bid when Jose Trevino doubled off closer Barrett Astin with no outs in the top of the ninth inning. The Razorbacks allowed only four base runners through the first eight innings.

"You see it up there," said Arkansas starter Trent Daniel, who pitched three scoreless innings to earn his first win. "You try not to talk about it in the dugout, but we were anxious."

The Razorbacks (29-12) got all the offense they needed from Carver, who hit a home run to leadoff the first inning and added another in the fifth.

It was the second multi-home run game for the fifth-year senior, who has just seven career home runs. Carver also hit two home runs at California in 2010.
Zastryzny Named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week (mutigers.com)
Mizzou sophomore Rob Zastryzny has been named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week after his complete game shutout of Texas Tech last Friday night, as announced by the Big 12 on Monday afternoon (April 30). Zastryzny is the third Tiger to take home a Big 12 Weekly honor and is the first Tiger hurler to earn Big 12 Pitcher of the Week since May 18, 2010, when Nick Tepesch took home the honor.

Zastryzny's honor comes on the heels of his career-best outing at Texas Tech last Friday in which he shut out the Red Raiders in 9.0 IP. He allowed just seven hits and two walks while striking out five and got through the nine innings on just 112 pitches. He is the first Tiger to throw a complete game shutout in Big 12 play since 2009 when Kyle Gibson did so against Kansas State. It is the Tigers' second complete game shutout this season as Blake Holovach did the same thing to High Point earlier this season.

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