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

By: Matt Jones
Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Arkansas pitcher Kacey Murphy throws out South Carolina first baseman Madison Stokes Saturday, April 14, 2018, in the fourth inning at Baum Stadium.
Photo by Andy Shupe
Arkansas pitcher Kacey Murphy throws out South Carolina first baseman Madison Stokes Saturday, April 14, 2018, in the fourth inning at Baum Stadium.

WHEN Wednesday, Approximately 8 p.m.

WHERE Hoover Metropolitan Stadium (10,800), Hoover, Ala.

RECORDS Arkansas 37-17; South Carolina 33-22.

RANKINGS Arkansas 7; South Carolina 24.

COACHES Arkansas: Dave Van Horn - 632-360 in 16th season at Arkansas and 949-518 in 24th season overall in Division I; South Carolina: Mark Kingston - 33-22 in first season at South Carolina and 267-188-1 in ninth season overall.

SERIES Arkansas leads South Carolina 39-33.

LAST MEETING Arkansas won two of three games over South Carolina during a series April 12-14 at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville.

TELEVISION The game will be televised by SEC Network and streamed on ESPN3.com and the ESPN app.

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.

WEATHER According to the National Weather Service, a 30 percent chance of rain exists Wednesday night in Hoover, Ala., with a low temperature of 69 degrees.

LIKELY PITCHING MATCHUP

Arkansas: LHP Kacey Murphy (6-4, 2.78 ERA); South Carolina: RHP Logan Chapman (3-2, 4.84 ERA).

TEAM COMPARISON

Team ERA: Arkansas 3.52; South Carolina 4.27.

Earned Runs Per Game: Arkansas 6.84; South Carolina 5.74.

Batting Average: Arkansas .301; South Carolina .276.

Opponent Batting Average: Arkansas .242; South Carolina .239.

Fielding Percentage: Arkansas .972; South Carolina .982.

Schedule Strength: Arkansas 2; South Carolina 13.

RPI: Arkansas 4; South Carolina 34.

NOTABLE Neither team will be eliminated with a loss. Wednesday begins the double-elimination portion of the SEC Tournament. The winner of the game will play the winner of a Wednesday game between Florida and LSU on Thursday at 8 p.m., while the loser will play the loser of the game between the Gators and Tigers in an elimination game Thursday at approximately 1 p.m….Arkansas is playing South Carolina in the SEC Tournament for the first time since the 2007 semifinals when the Razorbacks defeated the Gamecocks 3-2. Arkansas also beat South Carolina 6-0 in the tournament that season, a game in which Razorbacks starter Jess Todd recorded a school-record 17 strikeouts….Arkansas had a first-day bye at the SEC Tournament for the second consecutive season. The Razorbacks went 3-2 in Hoover last season and lost 4-2 to LSU in the tournament championship game….The Razorbacks are 2-1 in neutral-site games this season, with wins over Arizona in San Diego and Grambling State in North Little Rock, and a loss to Cal Poly in San Diego….Arkansas is 19-25 in 13 trips to the SEC Tournament under Dave Van Horn, but are 10-7 since 2013. The Razorbacks were runner-up in 2007 and 2017, and failed to qualify in 2008 and 2016. Arkansas has never won the SEC Tournament.

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