Arkansas Baseball Players Making Summer News



Take a look at how the New Britain Rock Cats celebrated “Christmas in July” tonight in the Eastern League. This is Rock Cats starter and former Arkansas baseball player DJ Baxendale sporting a jersey that will be auctioned off for charity. (Photo by Kevin Pataky Photography)

FAYETTEVILLE – Three University of Arkansas baseball players have earned all-star honors in their respective summer baseball leagues. Rising junior Jalen Beeks was named an all-star in the Cape Cod League, while rising redshirt junior Jackson Lowery and rising sophomore Colin Poché were selected as all-stars in the Northwoods League.

Beeks will represent the Eastern Division in the 2013 Cape Cod League All-Star Game, which is scheduled for Saturday, July 27 at 3:30 p.m. (CT). The game will be televised on Fox College Sports (Cox Communications channel 134/DirecTV channel 623).

Beeks, who is playing his summer baseball with the Harwich Mariners, has compiled a 3-1 record with a 2.42 ERA in five starts. In 29.2 innings, Beeks has allowed just 25 hits, while striking out 12 batters. Opposing hitters are batting just .227 against the left hander.

A native of Prairie Grove, Ark., Beeks was one of the most reliable pitchers out of the Arkansas bullpen in 2013. Beeks pitched in a team-high 29 games, all in relief, and had a 6-2 record with two saves and a 2.20 ERA. Beeks held opponents to a .224 batting average, giving up 33 hits in 41 innings of work.

A pair of Razorbacks will play in the Northwoods League All-Star Game as Lowery will represent the South Division and Poché will suit up for the North Division. The Northwoods League All-Star Game is scheduled for Tuesday, July 23, at 7:35 p.m. (CT).

Lowery, who redshirted the 2013 season at Arkansas, is playing for the Wisconsin Woodchucks. A native of Little Rock, Ark., Lowery has pitched in a team-high 19 games, 18 out of the bullpen, and has a 1-3 record with five saves and a 1.44 ERA. Lowery has only given up 15 hits in 25 innings and has struck out 29 batters.

Poché is pitching for the Willmar Stingers this summer. The southpaw has pitched in eight games, four as a starter, and has a 3-2 record with one save and a 1.55 ERA. Poché has struck out 33 batters in 29 innings and has allowed just 23 hits.

A native of Flower Mound, Texas, Poché pitched in eight games, five as a starter, in his freshman season at Arkansas and had a 3-0 record with a 1.37 ERA. Poché struck out 23 batters in 19.2 innings, while holding opponents to a .176 batting average, allowing 12 hits.

Courtesy University of Arkansas Department of Athletics

PINE BLUFF – With players spread out all over the country representing the Black & Gold of UAPB, fourth-year head coach Carlos James has got to be pleased with the results he is seeing on the field.

Recently, four Arkansas baseball players for the Golden Lions were recognized for their performances thus far throughout the summer with their selection as All-Stars. SR/UT Kirby Campbell represented the Geneva Twins in the New York Collegiate League while SR/LHP Jim Ploeger of the Westhampton Aviators participated in the Hampton League All-Star Game. Both SR/RHP Mikey Ramirez of the Alaska Goldpanners and SR/C Mike Wieland of the Peninsula Oilers were named All-Stars in the prestigious Alaska Baseball League.

“We have a number of players doing very well from coast to coast,” James said. “Being recognized as an All-Star is an honor, and a positive reflection on the organizations and teammates each player is representing.”

With July coming to an end, many summer collegiate leagues will be wrapping-up soon just in time for players to report to school with the first day of classes beginning Thursday, August 22.

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