Brady Tygart was, perhaps, the No. 1 reason the Arkansas pitching staff was considered the best in the country in the offseason. He and Jaxon Wiggins.
But Wiggins was lost for the season before the year even began and Tygart pitched in just four games before missing basically two months with an apparent elbow injury. Arkansas’ staff has largely struggled since, despite the team being ranked No. 6 in the country.
The good news is that Tygart is set to return. Like, now.
The junior will make his first career start Friday night against Texas A&M. He hadn’t pitched since March 1. First pitch from Baum-Walker is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Tygart was an All-American last year when he struck out 51 batters in 31 2/3 innings as Arkansas’ closer. But the Razorbacks sit in the bottom quarter in the SEC in earned-run average this season, largely without Tygart, so coach Dave Van Horn is experimenting with maximizing Tygart’s innings count to give the Hogs their best chance.