Former WC hurler excels at Arkansas, helps team advance

07/22/2014 11:11 AM

07/22/2014 11:12 AM

Jacob Stone’s stock just keeps rising.

The former Weatherford College pitching standout put up impressive numbers this season while helping the University of Arkansas advance to the Charlottesville Regional in the NCAA Tournament.

Stone became a dominant reliever for the Razorbacks (40-25) in his debut season with the team. The junior made 24 appearances, posting a 4-0 record with four saves.

In 38.1 innings Stone struck out 31, walked 13 and allowed just four earned runs. His earned run average of 0.94 was second on the team, and opponents’ batting average of .132 was the lowest of any Razorback hurler.

In his final appearance of the season, Stone recorded a save with a perfect inning in a 3-2 win over Liberty in regional competition. He also picked up a pair of saves against Mississippi in the SEC Tournament.

“Jacob was a key ingredient to our success this year,” said Arkansas pitching coach David Jorn. “He was rock solid for us out of the bullpen. What a competitor and the ultimate warrior. Just a joy to coach and watch compete. Wish I had a few more like him.”

Stone earned a win in his Arkansas pitching debut on Feb. 16, pitching a perfect seventh inning with one strikeout in the season-opening series against Appalachian State.

Stone did not allow an earned run in his first nine appearances, and gave up just one earned run over his first 17 outings.

His first SEC victory came on March 16 when he pitched three innings in a win against Florida. He turned into the primary closer in the final two weeks of the season and earned three saves in Arkansas’ final four wins.

While at Weatherford College, Stone posted a 9-4 record over two seasons. He earned second-team All-North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference honors as a freshman, going 5-2 with a save and a 1.83 ERA. As a sophomore he was 4-2 with a 4.05 ERA in 13 appearances.

At Boswell High School, Stone was named All-District three times and earned Pitcher of the Year honors as a senior. He was also Defensive MVP of the league as a junior.

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