Arkansas vs. South Carolina: How to watch and listen, forecast and matchups

By: Matt Jones
Published: Thursday, April 12, 2018
An Arkansas baseball hat sits atop a glove during a game between the Razorbacks and Kent State on Sunday, March 11, 2018, in Fayetteville.
Photo by J.T. Wampler
An Arkansas baseball hat sits atop a glove during a game between the Razorbacks and Kent State on Sunday, March 11, 2018, in Fayetteville.

WHEN Thursday, 6 p.m.; Friday, 6:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 2 p.m.

WHERE Baum Stadium (10,737), Fayetteville.

RECORDS Arkansas 25-9, 8-4 SEC; South Carolina 19-14, 5-7 SEC.

RANKINGS Arkansas 3; South Carolina NR.

COACHES Arkansas: Dave Van Horn - 620-352 in 16th season at Arkansas and 940-511 in 24th season overall in Division I; South Carolina: Mark Kingston - 19-14 in first season at South Carolina and 253-180-1 in ninth season overall.

SERIES Arkansas leads 37-32.

LAST MEETING South Carolina swept a three-game series against Arkansas in Columbia, S.C., on March 18-20, 2016.

TELEVISION Thursday game will be televised by SEC Network. All three games will be streamed on ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN app.

ANNOUNCERS

Thursday: Mike Morgan (play-by-play) and Chris Burke (commentary).

Friday and Saturday: Brett Dolan (play-by-play) and Troy Eklund (commentary).

RADIO Razorback Sports Network can be accessed through local FM and AM affiliates, via the Arkansas Razorbacks Gameday app, via the TuneIn app or on ArkansasRazorbacks.com.

LIKELY PITCHING MATCHUPS

Game 1 - Arkansas: RHP Blaine Knight (6-0, 1.93 ERA); South Carolina: RHP Logan Chapman (2-0, 3.86 ERA).

Game 2 - Arkansas: LHP Kacey Murphy (4-2, 2.31 ERA); South Carolina: RHP Adam Hill (3-3, 4.79 ERA).

Game 3 - Arkansas: RHP Isaiah Campbell (2-3, 4.03 ERA); South Carolina: RHP Cody Morris (6-2, 4.04 ERA).

WEATHER According to the National Weather Service, there is a slight chance of showers Thursday night with a low temperature of 65 degrees. Severe weather is expected Friday night as a cold front pushes in and drops low temperatures into the 40s. The south wind Thursday and Friday could gust to 35 mph. Saturday afternoon’s forecast calls for partly sunny skies and a high near 52 degrees.

TEAM COMPARISON

Team ERA: Arkansas 3.24; South Carolina 4.22.

Earned Runs Per Game: Arkansas 7.82; South Carolina 5.90.

Batting Average: Arkansas .311; South Carolina .270.

Opponent Batting Average: Arkansas .235; South Carolina .224.

Fielding Percentage: Arkansas .971; South Carolina .979.

Schedule Strength: Arkansas 2; South Carolina 27.

RPI: Arkansas 4; South Carolina 66.

NOTABLE South Carolina freshman Logan Chapman will start his first SEC game on Thursday. Chapman has started seven midweek games and has taken a no-decision in five. In his most recent outing he allowed 3 runs on 4 hits in a 5 1/3-inning outing against No. 22 North Carolina on April 3 in Charlotte, N.C.….South Carolina shortstop Jonah Bride, who leads the Gamecocks’ everyday players with a .322 batting average, is making a homecoming of sorts. Bride is from Owasso, Okla., about a two-hour drive from Fayetteville….South Carolina freshman designated hitter TJ Hopkins (finger) and junior center field Noah Campbell (hand) are unlikely to play. They have started 23 and 20 games this season, respectively….South Carolina is playing in Fayetteville for the first time since 2014. The Gamecocks played eight series at Arkansas between 1996-2014….Arkansas is 18-2 in games played at Baum Stadium this season and has won 10 straight at home….The Razorbacks have not hit a home run in three consecutive games, but lead the SEC and are second nationally with 56 this year. Arkansas is 16 home runs ahead of its pace from a year ago when it led the SEC with 83.

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