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

By: Matt Jones
Published: Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Southern Cal pitcher Quentin Longrie throws a pitch during a game against Arkansas on Saturday, March 3, 2018, in Fayetteville.
Photo by Charlie Kaijo
Southern Cal pitcher Quentin Longrie throws a pitch during a game against Arkansas on Saturday, March 3, 2018, in Fayetteville.

WHEN Thursday, 9 p.m.; Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 8 p.m. (All times Central)

WHERE Dedeaux Field (2,500), Los Angeles

RECORDS Arkansas 3-0; USC 2-1

COACHES Arkansas: Dave Van Horn - 646-364 in 17th season at Arkansas and 966-523 in 25th season overall in Division I; USC: Dan Hubbs 165-172 in seventh season at USC and overall.

SERIES Tied 2-2

LAST MEETING The Razorbacks won two of three games against the Trojans during a series last year 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 All three games will be streamed by Pac-12.com.

ANNOUNCERS Ted Enberg (play-by-play) and Marty Butterick (analyst)

LIKELY PITCHING MATCHUPS

Game 1 : Arkansas RHP Cody Scroggins (0-0, 9.00 ERA in 1 IP) vs. USC LHP Quentin Longrie (0-0, 0.00 ERA in 2 IP)

Game 2: Arkansas RHP Connor Noland (0-0, 0.00 ERA in 4 2/3 IP) vs. USC RHP Kyle Hurt (0-0, 3.60 in 5 IP)

Game 3: Arkansas RHP Isaiah Campbell (1-0, 5.40 ERA in 5 IP) vs. USC LHP John Beller (1-0, 0.00 ERA in 7 IP)

WEATHER According to the National Weather Service, temperatures will be in the 40s Thursday night in Los Angeles with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11 p.m., Pacific. Friday night will be mostly clear with a low of 42 degrees and Saturday night will be partly cloudy with a low of around 45.

NOTABLE USC opened the season by winning two of three games against Nebraska-Omaha. The Trojans won 6-5 in the opener and 11-0 the following day. UNO won the finale 12-9….USC junior left-hander Quentin Longrie had one of the best games of his career last season in Fayetteville. Longrie allowed 1 run and struck out 4 in 7 1/3 innings in the Trojans’ 3-1 victory on March 3, 2018. The outing came in front of an announced crowd of 10,732, the largest attendance for an Arkansas home non-conference game in the regular season….Arkansas is playing a game in Southern California for the second year in a row. The Razorbacks defeated Arizona and San Diego State, and lost to Cal Poly and San Diego last February in San Diego….USC has won an NCAA-record 12 national championships, but none since 1998….This weekend will be a homecoming of sorts for Arkansas center fielder Dominic Fletcher and pitching coach Matt Hobbs. Fletcher grew up in Cypress, Calif., and Hobbs attended high school in Alta Loma, Calif. Both cities are suburbs of Los Angeles….Arkansas’ Cody Scroggins will start his first career game Thursday. Scroggins, a redshirt junior, has pitched in 24 career games….Phil Brame, a studio host for Learfield IMG College, will call all of Arkansas’ games on the radio this weekend. Phil Elson, the Razorbacks’ play-by-play voice, will miss the first six games of the season because of scheduling conflicts. Elson also is the voice of Arkansas’ women’s basketball team, which will play Thursday at Georgia.

TEAM COMPARISON

ERA: Arkansas 3.00; USC 3.67.

Earned Runs Per Game: Arkansas 9.99; USC 8.06.

Batting Average: Arkansas .376; USC .323.

Opponent Batting Average: Arkansas .255; USC .222.

Slugging Percentage: Arkansas .584; USC .505.

On-Base Percentage: Arkansas .460; USC .469.

Fielding Percentage: Arkansas .973; USC .982.

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