The time has finally come, Auburn baseball is set to face its first SEC opponent of the season. First up is the team that knocked out the Tigers in last season’s College World Series, the Arkansas Razorbacks.
Auburn did not have much luck with the Razorbacks last season, as Arkansas took two of three from the in-season series at Plainsman Park, and defeated the Tigers, 11-1, to end their season in Omaha.
Arkansas lost many pieces of last season’s roster to the MLB draft, but still have enough tools to be considered one of the best team’s in the country, as they enter the series with a No. 6 ranking.
In an effort to get to know Auburn baseball’s weekend opponent, we crossed enemy lines to get an in-depth scoop as to what to expect out of Arkansas from Connor Goodson of Razorbacks Wire. Who is the ace? Who is Arkansas’ version of Justin Kirby? All of those answers, and more, are about to be revealed.
Here is this week’s edition of Behind Enemy Lines with Connor Goodson of Razorbacks Wire.
With Connor Noland’s graduation and Jaxon Wiggins’ injury, who has emerged as the ace of the weekend rotation?
Injuries have decimated the Arkansas bullpen this year, and Dave Van Horn is still searching for a dominant ace with what he has left. After Wiggins went down it looked like Brady Tygart could be that guy, but he got hurt and won’t be back until next month. After Tygart went down, Koty Frank was dominant until he suffered a season-ending lat injury.
There just hasn’t been a consistent or reliable guy emerge since those injuries, but Van Horn is still searching. He changed the rotation once again for this weekend, so hopefully we’re able to get more clarity after this weekend.
What has been your assessment of the team ahead of SEC play?
Considering all of the adversity this team has had to overcome with injuries, I think it’s been a very solid start to the season. I’d put the bats in Arkansas’ lineup against virtually any other lineup in the country. The offense has been consistently impressive, but the pitching is a major concern because of those key injuries.
Auburn has been known to be a “come from behind” team all season. How often has Arkansas had to fight off comebacks this season?
Arkansas has had 4 different games where you could consider they held off a comeback…
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