Andrew Hutchinson has been a multimedia reporter for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2014.
Arkansas baseball injury update
Arkansas pitcher Jalen Beeks (49) reacts to being pulled from the game afterthre and two-thirds innings with the Razorbacks trailing Mississippi 6-4 in an NCAA college baseball game at Oxford-University Stadium in Oxford, Miss., on Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Oxford Eagle, Bruce Newman)
FAYETTEVILLE LSU beat Arkansas 11-1 Saturday afternoon, eliminating the Razorbacks from the SEC Tournament and ending a stretch in which they played eight games in 10 days, including five straight in Hoover, Ala.
Arkansas will have five days to prepare for the Regional, which will be set Monday. The time off will also allow certain key Razorbacks to get healthy.
At A Glance
C/DH Blake Baxendale (hamstring) - Doubtful
LHP Jalen Beeks (elbow) - Questionable
CF Andrew Benintendi (quad) - Probable
3B Bobby Wernes (back) - Probable
C Jake Wise (hand) - Questionable
Following the loss to the Tigers, coach Dave Van Horn said that designated hitter and catcher Blake Baxendale would not play in the Regional.
“As of right now, I’m saying he’s probably not going to play,” Van Horn said. “He hasn’t swung a bat since he hurt his leg. He hasn’t really done anything except get treatment.”
Baxendale has missed Arkansas’ last 12 games after suffering a hamstring injury May 4.
Van Horn also said that pitcher Jalen Beeks and Jake Wise are questionable. Wise missed all five games in the SEC Tournament, while Beeks has not started since the Ole Miss series.
“We don’t know what Beeks’ status is yet,” Van Horn said. “We might not know until Wednesday or Thursday if he’s going to be available to start or be out of the pen or even pitch in the Regional.”
The Razorbacks should be with centerfielder Andrew Benintendi and third baseman Bobby Wernes, though.
Both players were taken out of Friday’s game against Ole Miss with injuries.
“Benintendi could have played today if he wanted to play and Wernes could have played, too, if we wanted to get him loose,” Van Horn said. “We just needed to rest that lower back a little bit.”
KJ Wilkerson replaced Benintendi in the outfield, while Josh Alberius replaced Wernes at third base. Both had key hits in Arkansas’ comeback win over the Rebels.