Wednesday night saw a pair of former University of Arkansas standouts square off on the mound in a game between the Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota) and the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston) of the Triple-A International League.

Wednesday night saw a pair of former University of Arkansas standouts square off on the mound in a game between the Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota) and the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston) of the Triple-A International League.
D.J. Baxendale — a 12th round pick of the Twins in the 2012 MLB Draft — faced Jalen Beeks, a 12th round pick of the Red Sox two years after Baxendale.
Beeks pitched at Crowder before going on to the Razorbacks and Baxendale’s younger brother Blake — who also played at Arkansas — played one season at Crowder.
Beeks pitched for Crowder in 2012 and finished 6-3 with a 3.32 ERA in 19 games, and he struck out 90 batters over 78 2/3 innings. In a couple seasons with Arkansas, Beeks spent his first season in the bullpen and his second in the starting rotation.
Beeks and the Red Sox came out on top with a 2-0 win, but only Baxendale’s loss factored into the decision as Beeks just missed earning the win by a single out.
Beeks pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits and balancing seven strikeouts against three walks. He left the game having thrown 96 pitches.
That’s back-to-back no-decisions for Beeks in games won by Pawtucket.
In seven Triple-A starts, Beeks owns a 2-3 record and a 3.11 ERA with 41 strikeouts and 14 walks over 37 2/3 innings.
On the season, between Pawtucket and Double-A Portland, Beeks is 7-4 overall with a composite 2.59 ERA, striking out 99 and walking 36 over 87 innings.
Beeks owns a 25-19 overall record over a pro career that began in 2014.

Hilliard leads California League in RBI
Entering the day Thursday, former Crowder and current Single-A Advanced Lancaster JetHawks (Colorado) right fielder Sam Hilliard leads the California League in RBI with 60.
Hilliard’s lead resulted from a three-RBI performance Monday night against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Los Angeles Dodgers).
Hilliard knocked a three-run home run to give the JetHawks a 6-5 lead en route to a 11-8 win.
Hilliard leads teammate Brian Mundell by one RBI.
On the season, after 79 games, Hilliard owns a .288 average (90 for 312) with 54 runs scored, 12 doubles, five triples, 12 home runs, and 22 stolen bases in 29 attempts.
Over his career, Hilliard has batted .282 (281-995) with 170 runs scored, 48 doubles, 18 triples, 36 homers, 185 RBI, and 64 stolen bases in 87 attempts.

Kickham takes tough loss to Biscuits
The Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (Tampa Bay Rays) prevailed over the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Miami) on Wednesday night.
Former Crowder pitcher and Jacksonville starter Mike Kickham took the loss, allowing four runs on eight hits over five innings. He struck out four and walked one.
Kickham dropped to 5-5 overall on the season despite a 2.61 ERA. He’s struck out 75 and walked a mere 14 over 89 2/3 innings.
Entering the day Thursday, Kickham ranked fifth in the Southern League in ERA and his 2.61 mark leads the Jumbo Shrimp.
Over his career, Kickham owns a 37-43 record and a 3.95 ERA.

Schwaab gets engaged before AS game
Former Crowder and current Single-A Advanced Tampa Yankees (New York) pitcher Andrew Schwaab earned his fourth save of the season Monday night in a win over the Clearwater Threshers (Philadelphia).
Schwaab allowed no runs over 1 2/3 innings of work and balanced three strikeouts against no walks.
Back in June, Schwaab earned Florida State League all-star honors and he made waves before the game, as he proposed to his girlfriend Lauren Stoeckle.
“I was really praying the rain would go away and we would at least get the start of the game in,” Schwaab said in a story on “If it didn’t go away, I’m sure I’d have come up with something nice upstairs, but I’m just thankful we got the game in.
“I told some of the guys I was more nervous to do that than pitch in front of 40,000 fans in a big league game. I was freaking out. It was a whole different feeling.”
Schwaab pitched the North all-stars out of bases loaded pickles in the fourth and fifth innings.
On the season, Schwaab owns a 4-1 record and a 3.51 ERA with 30 strikeouts and nine walks over 33 1/3 innings. He’s a perfect 4 for 4 in save opportunities.
Schwaab was an undrafted free agent out of Missouri — his collegiate destination after Crowder — and he’s earned two midseason all-stars during his three-year pro career.

Other former Crowder players
Ethan Clark, Single-A Greensboro Grasshoppers (Miami): 3-2, 3.02 ERA, 13 games, 10 starts, 59 2/3 innings, 54 strikeouts, 20 walks.
Connor Eller, Single-A Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto): 2-3, 3.93 ERA, 21 games, no starts, two saves, four save opportunities, 34 1/3 innings, 20 strikeouts, 21 walks.
Zach Matson, Single-A Short-Season Aberdeen IronBirds (Baltimore): 0-0, 2.70 ERA, five games, no starts, 6 2/3 innings, seven strikeouts, no walks.