Pressure's on Richards in his second career start

June, 19, 2009
OMAHA, Neb. -- An interesting note about Arkansas starter Stephen Richards as the Hogs and LSU continue to warm up for the start of today's game: Today will mark the 63rd career appearance for the junior from Plano, Texas. But it will be only his second career start.

Richards is normally Arkansas' closer, but since possible starter Dallas Keuchel pitched four innings Wednesday against Virginia, coach Dave Van Horn is giving the ball to Richards to start the game against the Tigers.

His lone start came on April 3, 2007, against Northern Colorado. Richards lasted two innings, giving up four hits and three earned runs in what turned out to be a no-decision. So far this season, Richards has made 30 appearances -- all in relief -- and has a 6-1 record with a 1.80 ERA and 9 saves.

A quality start from Richards today would qualify as the ultimate save for Arkansas.



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