Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Heisman Trophy and Biletnikoff Award.
Beeks, Oliver split SEC award
Arkansas starter Jalen Beeks delivers a pitch during the third inning against South Alabama Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas pitchers Jalen Beeks and Chris Oliver were named co-SEC pitchers of the week on Monday.
The Razorbacks duo shared the award with LSU's Austin Nola. Beeks pitched a complete game and Oliver pitched eight shutout innings in wins over No. 2 South Carolina over the weekend.
Beeks allowed four hits and worked around four errors in a 4-1 win Friday night. The left-hander struck out a career-high nine batters.
Oliver also had a career-high strikeout total Saturday night, displaying a sharp breaking ball to fan 10 Gamecocks in a 7-0 win. Like Beeks, Oliver allowed only four hits in the game.
Arkansas allowed only three runs in the series against South Carolina. Trey Killian dropped a 2-1 decision despite pitching eight innings in the series opener against the Gamecocks.
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