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

By: Matt Jones
Published: Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Arkansas pitcher Patrick Wicklander throws during a game against Charlotte on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Fayetteville.
Photo by J.T. Wampler
Arkansas pitcher Patrick Wicklander throws during a game against Charlotte on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Fayetteville.

GAME TIMES Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 3 p.m.

WHERE Baum-Walker Stadium (10,737), Fayetteville

RECORDS Arkansas 12-2; Western Illinois 4-8.

COACHES Arkansas: Dave Van Horn - 655-366 in 17th season at Arkansas and 975-525 in 25th season overall in Division I; Western Illinois: Ryan Brownlee - 110-209 in seventh season at Western Illinois and overall.

SERIES Arkansas leads 9-1.

LAST MEETING Arkansas swept Western Illinois during a three-game series in March 2016 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 game will be streamed by SEC Network-Plus and can be accessed on the ESPN app and ESPN3.com. (Carrier login required).

ANNOUNCERS Brett Dolan (play-by-play) and Troy Eklund (analyst)

LIKELY PITCHING MATCHUPS

Game 1: Arkansas LHP Patrick Wicklander (1-1, 3.38 ERA in 13 1/3 innings) vs. Western Illinois LHP Alex Dorethy (0-2, 9.28 ERA in 10 2/3 innings).

Game 2: Arkansas TBA vs. Western Illinois RHP Justin Foy (0-2, 6.91 ERA in 14 1/3 innings).

WEATHER According to the National Weather Service, there is a 40 percent chance of showers with a low temperature of 55 degrees Tuesday night in Fayetteville. On Wednesday, there is a 90 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, with the greater chance existing earlier in the day, and a high temperature of 65 degrees.

NOTABLE Arkansas is 10-1 in home games this season with an average margin of victory of 5.6 runs....The top two hitters in Arkansas' lineup, Casey Martin and Heston Kjerstad, were a combined 9-for-17 with 8 RBI in the final two games of the Razorbacks' series against Louisiana Tech last weekend. Martin and Kjerstad entered Saturday's game with batting averages of .250....Western Illinois coach Ryan Brownlee's first victory as a head coach was over then-No. 1 Arkansas on Feb. 17, 2013, in Fayetteville. WIU assistant coach Matt Risdon was a player at that team and recorded his first collegiate hit. The Razorbacks won the series 2-1....Western Illinois finished second to Oral Roberts in the Summit League in 2018. The Leathernecks are predicted to finish fourth in the league this season....Western Illinois' Tuesday starter, Alex Dorethy, is a utility player and was one of two freshmen to be selected to the All-Summit League team last season. Dorethy batted .299 with 27 RBI a year ago, but is batting .138 with 3 RBI this season.

TEAM COMPARISON

ERA: Arkansas 3.27; Western Illinois 6.00.

Earned Runs Per Game: Arkansas 7.67; Western Illinois 2.21.

Batting Average: Arkansas .303; Western Illinois .184.

Opponent Batting Average: Arkansas .217; Western Illinois .260.

Slugging Percentage: Arkansas .479; Western Illinois .258.

On-Base Percentage: Arkansas .401; Western Illinois .285.

Fielding Percentage: Arkansas .971; Western Illinois .964.

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