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Overhauled pitching staff excels for Arkansas

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 28, 2014 at 5:02 pm •  Published: May 28, 2014

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — When second-seeded Arkansas opens the Charlottesville Regional on Friday against Liberty, it will do so with one of the top pitching staffs in the country.

The pitching hasn't been as good as last season, when the Razorbacks led college baseball with a team ERA of 1.89. But it's been the backbone of a program that earned its 13th straight NCAA tournament berth.

The Razorbacks have excelled in the Southeastern Conference this season despite heavy losses to the Major League Baseball draft following last season.

Led by Trey Killian, Chris Oliver and Jalen Beeks, Arkansas (38-23) is 15th in the country with a team ERA of 2.63 this season.