Arkansas at Vanderbilt: How to watch and listen, forecast, pitching matchups, team comparisons

By: Matt Jones
Published: Thursday, April 11, 2019
Vanderbilt's Austin Martin swings at a pitch from Georgia during a college baseball game Friday, April 5, 2019, in Athens, Ga. Vanderbilt won 3-2. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP)
Vanderbilt's Austin Martin swings at a pitch from Georgia during a college baseball game Friday, April 5, 2019, in Athens, Ga. Vanderbilt won 3-2. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP)

GAME TIMES Friday 7 p.m.; Saturday 12 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m.

WHERE Hawkins Field (3,700), Nashville, Tenn.

RECORDS Arkansas 25-8, 8-4 SEC; Vanderbilt 25-8, 7-5 SEC

RANKINGS Arkansas 10; Vanderbilt 7

COACHES Arkansas: Dave Van Horn - 668-372 in 17th season at Arkansas and 988-531 in 25th season overall in Division I; Vanderbilt: Tim Corbin - 706-350-1 in 17th season at Vanderbilt and 812-488-1 in 22nd season overall.

SERIES Arkansas leads 31-27

LAST MEETING Arkansas won two of three games against Vanderbilt in May 2017 in Fayetteville.

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. Blackouts may apply.

TELEVISION The Friday game will air on SEC Network. The Saturday and Sunday games will air on SEC Network-Plus. All three games can be accessed on the ESPN app and ESPN3.com. (Carrier login required).

ANNOUNCERS

Games 1 and 2: Mike Morgan (play-by-play) and Chris Burke (analyst)

Game 3: Kevin Ingram (play-by-play) and Andrew Harris (analyst)

LIKELY PITCHING MATCHUPS

Game 1: Arkansas RHP Isaiah Campbell (6-0, 2.29 ERA) vs. Vanderbilt RHP Drake Fellows (6-0, 3.44 ERA)

Game 2: Arkansas RHP Connor Noland (0-1, 4.59 ERA) vs. Vanderbilt RHP Kumar Rocker (2-4, 5.90 ERA)

Game 3: Arkansas TBA vs. Vanderbilt RHP Patrick Raby (5-1, 2.47 ERA)

WEATHER According to the National Weather Service, it will be a rainy weekend in Nashville, Tenn. On Friday there is a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms - primarily after midnight - with a high of 72 degrees and a low of 54. On Saturday there is a 70 percent chance of showers and possibly a thunderstorm with a high of 72 and a low of 62. On Sunday there is a 90 percent chance of showers and possibly a thunderstorm with a high of 74.

NOTABLE Arkansas is making an increasingly rare trip to Hawkins Field. The Razorbacks’ most recent trip to Vanderbilt came in 2015 when the eventual national runner-up Commodores swept a three-game series. Prior to that, Arkansas’ last trip was in 2010. The Razorbacks played at Vanderbilt every other year prior the SEC expansion prior to the 2013 season….Vanderbilt ranks third nationally with 11 strikeouts per nine innings; Arkansas is tied for 19th with 10 strikeouts per nine innings….Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn and Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin are each in their 17th season at their respective schools. That is is tied for the second-longest tenure in the SEC behind Ole Miss’ Mike Bianco (19th season)….Arkansas has won all three of its road series this season at Southern Cal, Alabama and Auburn. Vanderbilt has not lost a home series this season against Pepperdine, Illinois State, Dayton, Florida and Tennessee….Vanderbilt’s JJ Bleday leads the SEC with 12 home runs this season….Arkansas enters the series in a three-way tie for first place in the SEC West, alongside LSU and Ole Miss….Vanderbilt enters the series in second place in the SEC East, two games behind Georgia. The Commodores lost two of three games at Georgia last week....Vanderbilt entered the season ranked No. 1 in three national polls and No. 2 in the other three.

TEAM COMPARISON

ERA: Arkansas 3.66; Vanderbilt 3.64.

Earned Runs Per Game: Arkansas 6.80; Vanderbilt 7.16.

Batting Average: Arkansas .291; Vanderbilt .308.

Opponent Batting Average: Arkansas .222; Vanderbilt .219.

Slugging Percentage: Arkansas .463; Vanderbilt .491.

On-Base Percentage: Arkansas .394; Vanderbilt .409.

Fielding Percentage: Arkansas .971; Vanderbilt .982.

Strength of Schedule: Arkansas 8; Vanderbilt 3.

RPI: Arkansas 4; Vanderbilt 2.

Discussion

Have a comment on this story? Join the discussion or start a new one on the Forums.