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

By: Matt Jones
Published: Thursday, March 14, 2019
Arkansas shortstop Casey Martin runs the bases during a game against Western Illinois on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Fayetteville.
Photo by Andy Shupe
Arkansas shortstop Casey Martin runs the bases during a game against Western Illinois on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Fayetteville.

GAME TIMES Friday, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30 p.m.

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

RECORDS Arkansas 14-2; Missouri 11-5.

COACHES Arkansas: Dave Van Horn - 657-366 in 17th season at Arkansas and 977-525 in 25th season overall in Division I; Missouri: Steve Bieser - 81-50 in third season at Missouri and 219-147 in seventh season overall.

SERIES Arkansas leads 18-14.

LAST MEETING Arkansas defeated Missouri two of three times during a March 2017 series in Columbia, Mo.

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 games 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 RHP Isaiah Campbell (3-0, 3.09 ERA in 23 1/3 innings) vs. Missouri LHP Jacob Cantleberry (2-0, 2.91 ERA in 21 2/3 innings).

Game 2: Arkansas RHP Connor Noland (0-0, 4.32 ERA in 16 2/3 innings) vs. Missouri LHP TJ Sikkema (2-0, 0.46 ERA in 19 2/3 innings)

Game 3: Arkansas RHP Cody Scroggins (1-0, 4.50 ERA in 14 innings) vs. Missouri LHP Tyler LaPlante (1-1, 3.43 ERA in 21 innings).

WEATHER According to the National Weather Service, Friday night will be clear but cold with a low of 24 degrees. Saturday will be sunny with a high of 55 and Sunday will be sunny with a high of 60.

NOTABLE Friday is the SEC opener for both teams. Arkansas was predicted by league coaches to finish third in the SEC West; Missouri was predicted to finish last place in the SEC East….This weekend is Missouri’s second trip to the state of Arkansas this season. The Tigers went 1-1 at an event in Conway earlier this month, with a win over Central Arkansas and a loss to South Dakota State….Missouri changed its weekend rotation for the Arkansas series by moving normal Friday starter TJ Sikkema to Saturday and starting Jacob Cantleberry on Friday. Cantleberry and Arkansas utility player Matt Goodheart were teammates last season at San Jacinto Junior College in Texas….Arkansas is 12-1 at home this season. The Razorbacks enter the series looking for their 14th consecutive weekend series win at Baum-Walker Stadium….Missouri coach Steve Bieser was formerly the head coach at Southeast Missouri State, where he coached Arkansas first baseman Trevor Ezell for two seasons. Ezell transferred to Arkansas from SEMO last summer….Arkansas pitching coach Matt Hobbs is facing Missouri for the first time. Hobbs played for the Tigers from 1999-2002 and was an assistant coach at Missouri from 2011-14….The Razorbacks have a 3.87 strikeout-to-walk ratio, which ranks 11th nationally. Arkansas has recorded at least 10 strikeouts in nine of its past 10 games….Missouri outfielder Thomas Broyles is the grandson of the late Frank Broyles, who was Arkansas’ athletics director for 34 years and football coach for 19 seasons. Thomas Broyles transferred to Missouri after starting 49 games at Northwest Florida State College last season. He has started three times and played in eight games this season and is batting .214….Two changes will take place with the start of SEC play. Centralized replay will be utilized, allowing officials at the conference office in Birmingham, Ala., to confer with umpires at the stadium. Catchers also will wear earpieces so that pitching coaches can communicate with them from the dugout.

TEAM COMPARISON

ERA: Arkansas 2.94; Missouri 3.66.

Earned Runs Per Game: Arkansas 7.80; Missouri 7.39.

Batting Average: Arkansas .310; Missouri .293.

Opponent Batting Average: Arkansas .205; Missouri .243.

Slugging Percentage: Arkansas .488; Missouri .438.

On-Base Percentage: Arkansas .413; Missouri .413.

Fielding Percentage: Arkansas .971; Missouri .979.

Strength of Schedule: Arkansas 107; Missouri 229.

RPI: Arkansas 22; Missouri 130.

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