FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Arkansas bullpen has a 0.79 ERA on the season. Jalen Beeks has made two scoreless appearances in relief and has a save with four strikeouts in four innings. Michael Gunn, Cade Lynch, Colby Suggs and Tyler Wright have each made one scoreless outing, while Brandon Moore has also pitched in one game and has a 1.80 ERA, allowing a run in five innings.
Evansville enters the weekend series with a 1-2 record after dropping two of three games last weekend at UALR. All three games were decided by one run with the Purple Aces winning the opener, 2-1, before UALR came back to win games two and three.
Evansville is hitting .298 on the season. Six different players recorded four or more hits in the UALR series, led by Kevin Kaczmarski, who went 5-for-12 at the plate and extended his on-base streak to 22 games. Kyle Pollock had three RBI and went 4-for-11 at the plate, while Johnny Day had four hits and drove in two runs.
On the mound, the Purple Aces have a team ERA of 4.68. Sophomore southpaw Kyle Freeland will start the opener on Friday. Freeland picked up a win in his season debut last weekend, throwing seven innings and allowing just one run while striking out eight. Redshirt junior right hander Sam Johns will start Saturday’s contest, while senior righty Kyle Lloyd will start the series finale. Johnson allowed four runs in four innings vs. UALR, while Lloyd struck out 10 in five shutout frames.
Jake Naumann and Tyler Miller have each appeared in two games out of the Evansville bullpen. Naumann has a save and has thrown 1.2 scoreless innings with two strikeouts. Miller has allowed a run and struck out two in 2.2 innings. Connor Strain has tossed a scoreless inning in relief with a pair of strikeouts.
Arkansas holds a 6-2 lead in the all-time series vs. Evansville. All eight previous meetings have taken place in Fayetteville. The two teams last met in 2001 with each team winning a game in the two-game series.