Arkansas at Texas A&M: How to watch and listen, forecast, pitching matchups, team comparisons

By: Matt Jones
Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Texas A&M head coach Rob Childress listens during the plate meeting before an NCAA college baseball game, Thursday, April 18, 2019, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)
Texas A&M head coach Rob Childress listens during the plate meeting before an NCAA college baseball game, Thursday, April 18, 2019, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

GAME TIME Saturday, 11 a.m.

WHERE Blue Bell Park (6,100), College Station, Texas

RECORDS Arkansas 40-14, 20-9 SEC; Texas A&M 35-19-1, 15-13-1 SEC

STREAK Arkansas lost 1; Texas A&M won 1

LAST 10 Arkansas 7-3; Texas A&M 5-5

RANKINGS Arkansas 4; Texas A&M 19

COACHES Arkansas: Dave Van Horn - 683-378 in 17th season at Arkansas and 1,003-537 in 25th season overall in Division I; Texas A&M: Rob Childress - 573-300-3 in 14th season at Texas A&M and overall in Division I.

SERIES Texas A&M leads 45-43-1

LAST MEETING Texas A&M defeated Arkansas 6-2 on Friday.

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 games can be accessed on the ESPN app and ESPN3.com. (Carrier login required).

ANNOUNCERS Will Johnson (play-by-play), Boomer White (analyst) and Mark Johnson (analyst)

LIKELY PITCHING MATCHUP Arkansas RHP Connor Noland (2-3, 3.99 ERA) vs. Texas A&M RHP Christian Roa (2-2, 3.49 ERA)

WEATHER According to the National Weather Service, there is a 70 percent chance of thunderstorms on Saturday in College Station, Texas, likely to begin after 1 p.m. There is a forecasted high of 85 degrees and a low of 70.

NOTABLE The Razorbacks enter Saturday's game in a tie with Mississippi State atop the SEC West standings. Arkansas can clinch a share of the division with a win and can win the division outright with a win and a Mississippi State loss to South Carolina. The Bulldogs have outscored the Gamecocks by a combined score of 35-9 in the first two games of the series in Starkville, Miss….Texas A&M sophomore left hander Asa Lacy is suspended for the series after he was ejected from a game at Alabama last Saturday. Lacy (7-4, 2.13 ERA) is a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award as the nation’s top amateur player. Arkansas Game 1 starter Isaiah Campbell and Texas A&M Game 2 starter John Doxakis are also semifinalists for the award….Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn and Texas A&M coach Rob Childress previously worked together at Texarkana College, Northwestern State and Nebraska. Van Horn leads the series against Childress-coached teams, 14-8….Arkansas is expected to host a regional and is in contention to be a top-eight national seed. Texas A&M is in contention to be a regional host….Arkansas has clinched a first-round bye at the SEC Tournament and won’t play until Wednesday in Hoover, Ala….The Razorbacks have won the past two series against Texas A&M. Arkansas won two of three games in College Station in 2017….A little-known SEC rule could come into play this weekend. The series can be pushed to a fourth day if weather forces a postponement and the final game(s) affect SEC standings. During the rest of the season, series can last no longer than three days.

TEAM COMPARISON

ERA: Arkansas 3.96; Texas A&M 3.13.

Earned Runs Per Game: Arkansas 7.71; Texas A&M 4.98.

Batting Average: Arkansas .310; Texas A&M .253.

Opponent Batting Average: Arkansas .229; Texas A&M .228.

Slugging Percentage: Arkansas .512; Texas A&M .357.

On-Base Percentage: Arkansas .410; Texas A&M .333.

Fielding Percentage: Arkansas .972; Texas A&M .971.

Strength of Schedule: Arkansas 11; Texas A&M 8.

RPI: Arkansas 6; Texas A&M 17.

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