Arkansas at Florida: How to watch and listen, forecast and team comparisons

By: Matt Jones
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018
Florida head coach Kevin O'Sullivan in the dugout during an NCAA college super regional baseball game against Wake Forest on Monday, June 12, 2017, in Gainesville, Fla. Florida won 3-0. (AP Photo/Matt Stamey)
Florida head coach Kevin O'Sullivan in the dugout during an NCAA college super regional baseball game against Wake Forest on Monday, June 12, 2017, in Gainesville, Fla. Florida won 3-0. (AP Photo/Matt Stamey)

WHEN Friday, 5:30 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.

WHERE McKethan Stadium (5,500), Gainesville, Fla.

RECORDS No. 4 Arkansas 16-5, 3-0 SEC; No. 2 Florida 19-4, 2-1 SEC.

COACHES Arkansas: Dave Van Horn - 611-348 in 16th season at Arkansas and 931-507 in 24th season overall in Division I; Florida: Kevin O’Sullivan - 467-212 in 11th season at Florida and overall.

SERIES Florida leads 30-29.

LAST MEETING Arkansas defeated Florida 16-0 in seven innings on May 27, 2017, at the SEC Tournament in Hoover, Ala.

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.

TELEVISION Saturday’s game will be televised by ESPN2 and Sunday’s game will be televised by SEC Network. All three games will be available to stream on ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN app.

ANNOUNCERS

Friday: Mick Hubert (play-by-play) and Nick Belmonte (commentary).

Saturday and Sunday: Tom Hart (play-by-play) and Kyle Peterson (commentary).

LIKELY PITCHING MATCHUPS

Game 1: Arkansas: RHP Blaine Knight (3-0, 1.30 ERA in 27 2/3 innings); Florida: RHP Brady Singer (5-0, 1.97 ERA in 32 innings).

Game 2: Arkansas: RHP Isaiah Campbell (2-2, 1.73 ERA in 26 innings); Florida: RHP Jackson Kowar (3-1, 3.16 ERA in 31 1/3 innings).

Game 3: Arkansas: LHP Kacey Murphy (3-0, 1.69 ERA in 21 1/3 innings); Florida: RHP Tyler Dyson (4-1, 1.48 ERA in 30 1/3 innings).

WEATHER According to the National Weather Service, Friday night’s forecast for Gainesville calls for temperatures in the 60s at game time and into the 50s by the end of the game. Saturday’s forecast is sunny with a high of 78 degrees. Sunday’s forecast is mostly sunny with a high of 80 degrees, and a 20 percent chance of rain.

TEAM COMPARISON

Team ERA: Arkansas 2.66; Florida 2.91.

Earned Runs Per Game: Arkansas 9.16; Florida 6.51.

Batting Average: Arkansas .321; Florida .294.

Opponent Batting Average: Arkansas .230; Florida .221.

Fielding Percentage: Arkansas .970; Florida .985.

NOTABLE Florida is the defending national champion after defeating LSU at last year’s College World Series. The Razorbacks have played the defending national champion five times since 2010….Florida enters this weekend’s series with a 14-1 record at McKethan Stadium. The Gators have a five-game win streak at home….Arkansas first baseman Jordan McFarland has an eight-game hit streak, which is the longest on the team after Casey Martin’s 13-game streak was snapped Wednesday at Charlotte. Here is a feature on McFarland, who is responding well to a challenge by his head coach….Arkansas will not name a Sunday starter until after Saturday’s game. The Razorbacks have had five different Sunday starters this year….Redshirt junior right-hander Keaton McKinney did not travel to Florida as he continues to rehab discomfort in his elbow. McKinney might be available for the Razorbacks’ series at Ole Miss next week….Florida is the second consecutive top five opponent on Arkansas’ SEC schedule. The Razorbacks swept then-No. 4 Kentucky last weekend at Baum Stadium. Arkansas’ next two SEC series are against No. 5 Ole Miss and No. 6 Auburn.

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