The annual Fall World Series gets underway Monday at Baum Stadium as the 2017 Razorback baseball team nears the beginning of the regular season. The Fall World Series is a best-of-five contest.
The team will split the roster and the coaching staff into two. Head coach Dave Van Horn will coach the Gray team, while assistant coach Tony Vitello will lead the Cardinal team. x
Here is the five-game schedule according to a university press release:
2016 Razorback Fall World Series Schedule
Game 1 – Monday, Oct. 17 at 1 p.m.
Game 2 – Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 5 p.m.
Game 3 – Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 2:30 p.m.
Game 4 – Friday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. (if necessary)
Game 5 – Saturday, Oct. 22 at Noon (if necessary)
Van Horn is entering his 15th season with the Razorbacks and is coaching a team split between youth and experience. The Hogs have 24 new players are new this year and the team’s recruiting class was ranked No. 12 by Baseball America.
The Gray team is headlined by ace pitchers Blaine Knight and Barrett Loseke. Knight led all starting pitchers with a 2.98 ERA over 48 innings, boasting two victories and 46 strikeouts in 18 appearances. Loseke had a perfect 0.00 ERA in 15.2 innings, giving up just 10 hits with two going for extra bases.
Heavy-hitters Luke Bonfield and Carson Shaddy will also suit up for the Gray team this week. Bonfield and Shaddy were the only Razorbacks to hit over .300 last season.
The Cardinal team has another talented roster that uses a glamorous pitching staff as its calling card. Dominic Taccolini and Keaton McKinney make up the significant names on the Cardinal pitching staff, which also includes sophomore Isaiah Campbell.
After being drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 16th round of last summer’s MLB Draft, Taccolini decided to return for his senior year of college. He is the only senior pitcher for the Razorbacks. Taccolini posted .500 record with a 5.75 ERA over 72 innings pitched.