Bat Cats Look to Go Hog Wild in Fayetteville
May 3, 2002
UK can end nine-game SEC skid tonight at Arkansas
Kentucky (14-28, 3-18 SEC) at Arkansas (24-19, 7-11 SEC)
Friday, May 3, 2002 * 6:30 p.m. CT
Baum Stadium at George Cole Field (7,000) * Fayetteville, Ark.
GAME #43: Kentucky at Arkansas, Friday, May 3, 6:30 p.m. CT
GAME #44: Kentucky at Arkansas, Saturday, May 4, 6:30 p.m. CT
GAME #45: Kentucky at Arkansas, Sunday, May 5, 11 a.m. CT
THE COACHES: Keith Madison (Western Kentucky, 1975), now in his 24th year at UK, owns an overall record of 710-594-5 (.544). Clinching his 250th SEC win at Auburn on March 15, Madison is 252-356-3 (.415) in league play. Norm DeBriyn (Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 1963) is 1,150-641-6 in his 33rd year at the helm of the Razorbacks. He ranked 10th in wins among active Division-I coaches entering 2002.
THE SERIES: Kentucky and Arkansas have battled 28 times since their inaugural meeting in 1989 with the Razorbacks owning an 11-17 series lead. Though UK has claimed victory in the past two series-openers, the Hogs have won eight of the past 10 meetings. The teams first met in Lakeland, Fla., in 1989 and split in two games.
STREAKS: Sophomore infielder Spencer Graeter is riding the crest of a six-game hit streak into Hog Country, going 9-for-22 (.409) in that span. Senior catcher Spencer Preston has hit safely in his past contests after recording hits in only seven of his first 28 games played this season.
BROADCAST: KFAY 1030 AM in Fayetteville with Chuck Barrett and Rick Schaeffer on the call. Live in-game scoring can be accessed at UKAthletics.com.
PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION:
Friday, May 3
Cory Hahn, So., RHP, UK (3-5, 4.70 ERA, 43 K)
Charlie Isaacson, Sr., RHP, UA(2-6, 3.21 ERA, 26 K)
Saturday, May 4
Joseph Blanton , Jr., RHP, UK (3-6, 4.48 ERA, 94 K)
Jonathon Richmond, So., RHP, UA(2-3, 3.00 ERA, 16 K)
Sunday, May 5
Rob Corrado, Jr., RHP, UK (0-2, 6.30 ERA, 39 K)
Gary Hogan Jr., Jr., RHP, UA (3-5, 5.19 ERA, 43 K)