FAYETTEVILLE — The Southeastern Conference series between Arkansas and Ole Miss will open with a duel between talented right-handed pitchers on Friday night.
But it's not exactly the pitching matchup anyone envisioned when the season began.
Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn announced Wednesday that freshman Trey Killian, and not junior and preseason All-American Ryne Stanek, will be on the mound opposite Ole Miss All-American Bobby Wahl. The change came because of Killian's strong start and Stanek's struggles.
"We're just going with the guys that are getting it done," Van Horn said after Arkansas' 13-0 win against Alabama A&M on Wednesday night. "That's always been our philosophy and that's what we tell them when we recruit them."
Killian (2-1, 0.86 ERA) was named SEC Freshman of the Week after striking out seven in seven no-hit innings against San Diego State last Saturday. He has allowed two earned runs on six its with 22 strikeouts and one walk in 21 innings this season.
Van Horn first mentioned the possibility of removing Stanek from the Friday night spot after he struggled in his second start of the season. The junior is 1-1 with a 3.71 ERA, but has issued 10 walks to go with 16 strikeouts in 17 innings. Stanek also has allowed the only two home runs hit against the Razorbacks.
Stanek will remain in the weekend rotation, sliding back to a Sunday start. Left-hander Randall Fant (0-0, 0.90 ERA) will start Saturday's game against the Rebels.
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau