Arkansas spoiled my Upset City pick this past weekend by winning three competitive games against Wright State, but I think it’s only fair to point out that the Raiders were without star first baseman Jeremy Hamilton, who pulled a hamstring during an intrasquad game last weekend. Wright State coach Rob Cooper said today that Hamilton could have played, but the Raiders wanted to be cautious. He might be back for this weekend’s series against Washington State, but the Raiders caught a bad break when junior shortstop Kyle Parker was hit in the face by a Kendall Korbal offering in Sunday’s series finale. Parker, who batted .379 with a school-record 26 doubles a year ago, broke his jaw and will be out for six weeks, according to Cooper.
Two other notes from Midwest mid-majors: Eastern Michigan junior righthander Matt Shoemaker, the No. 4 prospect in the Great Lakes League last summer, did not make the trip to New Mexico this past weekend because he’s still recovering after breaking his non-throwing arm in January. He is on EMU’s current trip to Florida but is not expected to pitch.
And Bradley righthander Collin Brennan, a 6-foot-6 junior, is out until at least April after having bone spurs removed from his elbow.
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