Matt Jones has been the online sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and NWA Media since 2010. He is also a feature writer for Hawgs Illustrated magazine and is currently working on his Master's degree at the University of Arkansas.
Favorite Sport: Basketball
Best Sports Memories: Watching Arkansas' basketball national championship in 1994; being at the Georgia Dome when the tornado hit during the 2008 SEC Tournament; countless hours spent at Baum Stadium in the spring.
Favorite Fayetteville Restaurants: Noodles, Penguin Ed's and Mojitos
Education: University of Arkansas
Oliver to start Friday
Arkansas pitcher Chris Oliver pitches against Mississippi at Oxford-University Stadium in Oxford, Miss. on Sunday, May 4, 2014. Arkansas won 11-1. (AP Photo/Oxford Eagle, Bruce Newman)
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas will start right-hander Chris Oliver in Friday's NCAA regional game against Liberty.
Oliver will take the place of Trey Killian at the head of the Razorbacks' rotation in Charlottesville, Va. The junior was Arkansas' Sunday starter for much of the season but started the middle game of the team's final two regular season series because of an injury to Jalen Beeks.
The Razorbacks haven't lost the last four times Oliver has started on the mound, beating Ole Miss twice, Texas A&M and Missouri. Oliver has allowed just three earned runs over his last 26 1/3 innings.
Oliver will be paired against Liberty right-hander Trey Lambert in the first game of the regional. Lambert, a senior, is 11-2 this season with a 2.10 ERA and averages nearly 7 innings per appearance.
Arkansas coaches had indicated Killian, who has a 2.18 ERA in 13 starts, would pitch against Liberty earlier this week. A team spokesman said Killian is the assumed starter Saturday against either Virginia or Bucknell.
Friday's game will start at 6 p.m. and will be televised nationally by ESPNU.