FAYETTEVILLE - Quick. Name the last-place team in the Southeastern Conference baseball standings. Hint: It’s the same team that finished last in basketball and football, too.

FAYETTEVILLE - Quick. Name the last-place team in the Southeastern Conference baseball standings. Hint: It’s the same team that finished last in basketball and football, too.


You guessed it. Missouri.


After two weekends worth of series in the SEC baseball season, the Tigers are winless, the only non-victorious team left in the league. They visit Baum Stadium starting Friday. A three-game set against Arkansas (18-7, 3-3) awaits. Another Razorbacks sweep - like they had last weekend - would be a boon to the Diamond Hogs season, perhaps even lifting them up near the top in the conference’s West Division. For Missouri a sweep leading to an 0-9 start would be a death sentence.


Don’t tell Dave Van Horn that.


"It’s hard to look at that (0-6 record) and really understand, somebody who doesn’t really know our league, they’ve been in a bunch of games. They have two really good starters," the Arkansas coach said. "We can’t look at it like they’re 0-6. We were 0-3 in a week ago."


Sweeps are hard to come by. Yet both teams, in a combined four series, have been in four sweeps. Arkansas has been on each end of one in its first two series. Pessimists were out in droves after the Razorbacks lost three at South Carolina to start league play. They came flooding back after the Diamond Hogs took three from Auburn last weekend.


Missouri (15-12, 0-6) isn’t as bad as that 0-6 record would suggest. The Tigers played then No. 1-ranked Florida to open league play and then No. 6 Vanderbilt last week. The Tigers are the anti-Auburn. Auburn’s striped cats were all-hit and no-pitch.


Reggie McClain and Tanner Houck are as good a 1-2 pitching combination as in the entire league. The Missouri right-handers have 1.72 and 2.09 earned-run averages, respectively. They’ve combined for 91 strikeouts in 90 innings. McClain has walked two in 47. Houck had thrown nine innings of shutout ball against Vanderbilt last week and Missouri lost in extra innings.


A 20th-ranked Arkansas team that runs hot and cold at the plate may find their task difficult for at least two of the three games.


"Speaking from experience, 0-3 or 1-5 or 0-6, you get a team that comes in on a mission, it’s difficult," Van Horn said.


The reverse is the Tigers can’t hit much. They’re the anti-Auburn. Their batting average is tied for last in the league, slugging second from bottom and on-base percentage is third-to-last. They could be a tonic for Arkansas’ Friday starter Dominic Taccolini, who desperately needs a ‘win,’ figuratively and literally.


Taccolini gave up nine baserunners in facing 15 batters in two innings last week against Auburn. He was saved by his bullpen, which allowed three hits the final seven innings. Before that, against the Gamecocks, Taccolini was pelted for eight runs in the first two innings, though he did settle and give up no more over the next four.


Keaton McKinney, who didn’t allow an earned run in six innings last week, and Barrett Loseke, a freshman, are expected to go for the Diamond Hogs on Saturday and Sunday.


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Series Ticket


Missouri (15-12, 0-6) at Arkansas (18-7, 3-3)


When: Friday at 6:30 p.m., Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 12:30 p.m.


Where: Baum Stadium in Fayetteville


TV: Friday on SEC Network+, Saturday and Sunday on SEC Network


Radio: Razorback Sports Network


On the mound: Friday - RHP Reggie McClain (3-0, 1.72 ERA) vs RHP Dominic Taccolini (3-1, 4.36 ERA); Saturday - RHP Tanner Houck (2-2, 2.65 ERA) vs. RHP Keaton McKinney (1-0, 4.85 ERA); Sunday - TBA vs. Barrett Loseke (1-0, 1.56 ERA)