Andrew Hutchinson has been a multimedia reporter for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2014.
Summer baseball update:
Eagan's bat stays hot
Arkansas outfielder Clark Eagan (9) throws the ball to first base for the out in the sixth inning during an NCAA college baseball regional tournament game against Virginia in Charlottesville, V., Sunday, June 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Shurtleff)
FAYETTEVILLE When Clark Eagan became a fulltime starter for the Arkansas baseball team in the third game of the Ole Miss series, he provided a much-needed jolt to the Razorbacks’ offense.
In the last 16 games of the season, he batted .367 and had three doubles, two home runs, nine RBI and 13 runs scored. During that stretch, Eagan was held hitless only three times.
He has continued his hot bat in the summer. In nine games with the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters in the Northwoods League, he is batting .405.
This past week, he played seven games and was 9-for-29 at the plate, including a stretch of three consecutive games in which he had at least two hits.
Eagan had two doubles, five RBI, two runs scored and one stolen base in the past week, as well. He also laid down a sacrifice bunt and walked three times, while striking out none.
Other Razorbacks in Summer Ball
Zach Barr – Wisconsin Woodchucks (Northwoods League)
In his only start last week, Barr gave up three runs, only one of which was earned, in five innings of work and took the loss. The left-hander gave up seven hits and one walk while striking out two batters. His season ERA is now 1.20.
Alex Gosser – Texas Marshals (Texas League)
Gosser continues to struggle at the plate for the Marshals this summer. He went 0-for-7 in two games last week, dropping his batting average to .071.
Zach Jackson – Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (Northwoods League)
Jackson made two appearances for the Rapids Rafters last week, one start and one relief appearance. The right-hander struggled in his start, walking three batters and allowing an unearned run in one inning. He earned a win in relief, however, striking out the only two batters he faced against the La Crosse Loggers.
Alex Phillips – Wisconsin Woodchucks (Northwoods League)
In his only start of the week, Phillips gave up three earned runs in 4 1/3 innings against the Kalamazoo Growlers, raising his season ERA to 4.50. The right-hander allowed five hits and walked two batters, but did strike out four.
Lance Phillips – Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks (Alaska League)
The older Phillips brother also struggled last week. In 4 2/3 innings spread across three relief appearances for the Chinooks, he allowed four earned runs on seven hits, three walks and two hit-by-pitches. Phillips had only two strikeouts during that stretch.
Carson Shaddy – Texas Marshals (Texas League)
Shaddy continued to hit well for the Marshalls last week. In three games, he went 3-for-9, raising his season batting average to .324. He also walked three times, scored two runs and had two stolen bases.
Landon Simpson – Waterloo Bucks (Northwoods League)
Simpson gave up six earned runs in five innings in his only start last week, but he earned a no decision. The six runs came on 12 hits, two walks and one hit-by-pitch. His ERA is now 3.46 this summer.
Jake Smith – Texas Marshals (Texas League)
Making two relief appearances last week, Smith lowered his summer ERA to 5.40 by allowing only two earned runs in five innings of work. He walked two batters while striking out three and gave up four hits.
Dominic Taccolini – San Luis Obispo Blues (California Collegiate League)
Taccolini pitched well in his only start last week, but still took the loss. In six innings, he allowed two earned runs on a pair of hits and two walks. Taccolini also struck out three batters.
James Teague – Lakeshore Chinooks (Northwoods League)
Teague took a loss in his only start last week. The Eau Claire Expressed tagged him for four earned runs on three hits in three innings. The right-hander did not walk a batter, but he hit one while striking out three. Despite the performance, his season ERA is 3.46.
Lawson Vassar – Brazos Valley Bombers (Texas League)
Vassar was solid in his one relief appearance for the Bombers last week. The right-hander retired all four batters he faced, striking out two of them. His season ERA is down to 2.89.
Arkansas Signees in Summer Ball
Cannon Chadwick – Brazos Valley Bombers (Texas League)
In three relief appearances for the Bombers, Chadwick picked up a loss and a save. He allowed one earned run on two hits in 1 1/3 innings. Chadwick also walked one batter, hit another and struck out three. His season ERA is now 4.35.
Cullen Gassaway – Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (Northwoods League)
Gassaway played alongside Eagan in all seven of the Rapids Rafters games last week, but did not hit as well as the current Razorback. He went 5-for-25, lowering his season batting average to .209, with two doubles, one RBI and two runs scored.
Trenton Hill – Brazos Valley Bombers (Texas League)
Hill made three relief appearances for the Bombers last week, allowing one hit in 1 2/3 innings. He struck out a pair of batters and hit one with a pitch. The left-hander has yet to allow a run in four innings of work this summer.
Rick Nomura – Conejo Oaks (California Collegiate League)
Nomura continued to hit well last week. He played in all seven games and went 11-for-31 (.355) with two doubles, one triple and three RBI at the plate. He also scored four runs and stole two bases.
Tucker Pennell – Brazos Valley Bombers (Texas League)
Pennell made just one appearance last week, but he made it count. He went 2-for-4 with a double and run scored. His season batting average is up to .244.