FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The Cardinal-White series, the culmination of the fall season for the Arkansas baseball team, begins this weekend with game one set for Thursday at 3 p.m., game two on Friday at 3 p.m., and game three on Sunday at 2 p.m. All games in the series are free and open to the public.
The Cardinal-White series splits the Razorbacks into two teams that play a best-of-seven series for bragging rights in the clubhouse.
The pitching matchup for game one of the series features freshman right hander Trey Killian for the Cardinal team against sophomore right-handed pitcher Chris Oliver of the White team. Killian, who played his high school baseball at Mountain Home High School, was a three-time all-state selection and was selected to play in the Under Armour All-American Game. Oliver pitched in 11 games in his freshman season and had a 1-0 record with a 3.86 ERA.
In game two, senior left hander Tyler Wright will toe the rubber for Cardinal, while redshirt senior southpaw Trent Daniel will get the ball for White. Wright appeared in 16 games in 2012 and had a 1-0 record with a 2.60 ERA, while Daniel was 2-0 with one save and a 5.06 ERA in 21 outings.
Sophomore left hander Jalen Beeks will start on the mound for Cardinal in game three, while senior left hander Randall Fant will start for White. A transfer from Crowder College, Beeks pitched in 19 games last season and was 6-3 with one save and a 3.32 ERA. Fant went 2-3 with a 3.27 ERA in 15 appearances during the 2012 season.
Offensively, the Cardinal team is led by junior infielder Dominic Ficociello, who finished the 2012 season with a .290 batting average to go along with six homers and 41 RBI. His home run and RBI totals placed him second on the team. Sophomore outfielder/infielder Joe Serrano hit .333 with seven RBI in his freshman season. Serrano was a regular in the Razorback starting lineup during the postseason and hit .444 (12-for-27) with two RBI during Arkansas' NCAA Tournament run, including going 5-for-13 in the College World Series.
On the mound, the Cardinal team features a pair of standout junior right handers. Barrett Astin pitched in a team-high 32 games in 2012 and went 3-5 with 11 saves and a 1.99 ERA, while Colby Suggs appeared in 30 games and had a 7-1 record with a 1.38 ERA.
The White team is led at the plate by sophomore infielder/outfielder Brian Anderson, who earned freshman All-SEC honors from SEBaseball.com. Anderson finished his freshman campaign with a .283 batting average with two homers and 11 RBI. In league games, Anderson batted .346 with two round-trippers and nine RBI. The White team also includes Jacob Mahan (.257, 0 HR, 18 RBI), Matt Vinson (.217, 0 HR, 13 RBI) and Jake Wise (.244, 2 HR, 25 RBI), who each made more than 30 starts last season.
Junior right handers Brandon Moore and Ryne Stanek lead the White team on the mound. Moore saw time in 29 games as a sophomore and compiled a 5-2 record with three saves and a 2.43 ERA. Stanek, who earned All-SEC honors from SEBaseball.com, started 17 games last season and was 8-4 with a 2.82 ERA.
Following this weekend's games, the series concludes with four games next week. Game four will be played Wednesday. Games 5-7 are all "if necessary" games. Game five takes place Thursday, game six is set for Saturday, while game seven is on Sunday. Game times for games 4-7 will be announced this weekend.
For more information regarding Razorback baseball or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
Cardinal-White Series Schedule
Game 1 - Thursday, Oct. 11 - 3 p.m.
Game 2 - Friday, Oct. 12 - 3 p.m.
Game 3 - Sunday, Oct. 14 - 2 p.m.
Game 4 - Wednesday, Oct. 17 - TBA
Game 5 (if necessary) - Thursday, Oct. 18 - TBA
Game 6 (if necessary) - Saturday, Oct. 20 - TBA
Game 7 (if necessary) - Sunday, Oct. 21 - TBA
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