For salvaging the Arkansas Razorbacks’ series split with Tennessee by throwing a 1-hit, 7-inning shutout, junior right-handed pitcher Trevor Stephan was named the SEC Pitcher of the Week Monday by the SEC Office in Birmingham, Ala.
After two days of rain in Knoxville, Tenn. reduced the Arkansas vs. Tennessee 3-games SEC series to two games with the last one scheduled for for seven innings after Tennessee won Saturday’s first game, 5-4, Stephan struck out 11 against just two walks in pivotal 2-0 victory. enabling the Razorbacks, 35-13 overall,to remain in 14-9 contention for the SEC West title.
“Trevor Stephen just did a tremendous job of giving us an opportunity to win that game,” Arkansas Coach Dave Van Horn said last Saturday in Knoxville. “I would have to say it was his best game … it was in his top two for sure because of the situation. Once we lost the first game, our mindset was, we got to get the second game in, and more than anything we got to win it. For us to win that game and leave here 1-1 … it gives us a chance to hang in the race.”
The Razorbacks are 2 1-2 behind SEC West leader Mississippi State, 16-8 and swept three by Arkansas to start the SEC season in March at Baum Stadium, and one-half game behind second-place LSU, 15-9.
All SEC teams have six SEC games remaining which for the Razorbacks are against Vanderbilt at Baum Stadium at 6 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m.Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday and the following Thursday through Saturday at Texas A&M.
Sophomore right-hander Blaine Knight of Bryant, Stephan, and sophomore lefty Kacey Murphy likely will start Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the Razorbacks against Vanderbilt, 29-18 overall/ 12-11 in the SEC East.