Arkansas vs. Florida: How to watch and listen, forecast, pitching matchups, team comparisons

By: Matt Jones
Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018
Arkansas' Dominic Fletcher (24) celebrates with Luke Bonfield (17) and Heston Kjerstad (18) after he hit a three-run home run during the first inning of a Southeastern Conference tournament NCAA college baseball game against South Carolina, Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Arkansas' Dominic Fletcher (24) celebrates with Luke Bonfield (17) and Heston Kjerstad (18) after he hit a three-run home run during the first inning of a Southeastern Conference tournament NCAA college baseball game against South Carolina, Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

WHEN Friday, 10 a.m.

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

RECORDS Arkansas 38-17; Florida 42-15.

RANKINGS Arkansas 7; Florida 3.

COACHES Arkansas: Dave Van Horn - 633-360 in 16th season at Arkansas and 950-518 in 24th season overall in Division I; Kevin O’Sullivan - 490-223 in 11th season at Florida and overall.

SERIES Florida leads 32-30.

LAST MEETING Florida won two of three games against Arkansas on March 23-25 in Gainesville, Fla.

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 70 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms exists in Hoover, Ala., Friday, but mainly after 2 p.m. Otherwise, the forecast is mostly cloudy with a high temperature of 84 degrees.

LIKELY PITCHING MATCHUP

Arkansas: RHP Blaine Knight (9-0, 2.88 ERA); Florida: RHP Jackson Kowar (9-3, 3.01 ERA).

TEAM COMPARISON

Team ERA: Arkansas 3.59; Florida 3.50.

Earned Runs Per Game: Arkansas 6.94; Florida 6.38.

Batting Average: Arkansas .302; Florida .284.

Opponent Batting Average: Arkansas .243; Florida .230.

Fielding Percentage: Arkansas .970; Florida .979.

Schedule Strength: Arkansas 2; Florida 1.

RPI: Arkansas 4; Florida 1.

NOTABLE Neither team will be eliminated with a loss. The winner will advance to the single-elimination SEC Tournament semifinals that will be played Saturday. The loser will play an elimination game against LSU on Friday evening….Florida junior third baseman Jonathan India was named SEC Player of the Year. India is batting .368 with 16 home runs and 41 RBI, and has drawn 45 walks….Florida catcher JJ Schwarz will not play in the SEC Tournament because of a broken right hand suffered during the Gators’ series loss at Mississippi State last week. Schwarz was named first-team All-SEC earlier this week….Florida defeated LSU 4-3 in its tournament opener Wednesday. The Gators trailed 3-0 after 2 1/2 innings, but scored three times in the bottom of the third inning and took the lead in the fifth inning….Arkansas defeated Florida 16-0 in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament last season….Arkansas and Florida are projected to be top eight national seeds in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

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