Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Heisman Trophy.
Arkansas vs. Auburn: How to watch and listen, forecast and team comparisons
An Arkansas hat and glove sit in the dugout prior to a game against Louisiana-Monroe on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, in Fayetteville.
WHEN Friday, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 4 p.m.
WHERE Baum Stadium (10,737), Fayetteville.
RECORDS Arkansas 21-9, 5-4 SEC; Auburn 23-7, 4-5 SEC.
RANKINGS Arkansas 8; Auburn 15.
COACHES Arkansas: Dave Van Horn - 616-352 in 16th season at Arkansas and 936-511 in 24th season overall in Division I; Auburn: Butch Thompson - 83-65 in third season at Auburn and overall in Division I.
SERIES Auburn leads 46-41.
LAST MEETING Arkansas defeated Auburn 12-0 in seven innings on May 25, 2017, at the SEC Tournament in Hoover, Ala. The Razorbacks no-hit the Tigers.
TELEVISION Sunday’s game will be televised by SEC Network. All three games will be streamed on ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN app.
Friday and Saturday: Brett Dolan (play-by-play) and Troy Eklund (commentary).
Sunday: Jason Benetti (play-by-play) and Todd Walker (commentary).
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.
LIKELY PITCHING MATCHUPS
Game 1 - Arkansas: RHP Blaine Knight (5-0, 2.01 ERA); Auburn: RHP Casey Mize (6-0, 2.11 ERA).
Game 2 - Arkansas: LHP Kacey Murphy (3-2, 2.25 ERA); Auburn: RHP Davis Daniel (2-1, 3.34 ERA).
Game 3 - Arkansas: TBA; Auburn TBA.
WEATHER According to the National Weather Service, there is a 20 percent chance of rain with temperatures in the 30s Friday night. Saturday’s forecast is mostly sunny with a high of 48 degrees. Sunday’s forecast is mostly cloudy with a high of 54 degrees.
Team ERA: Arkansas 3.38; Auburn 3.55.
Earned Runs Per Game: Arkansas 8.04; Auburn 6.86.
Batting Average: Arkansas .311; Auburn .289.
Opponent Batting Average: Arkansas .239; Auburn .232.
Fielding Percentage: Arkansas .968; Auburn .973.
Schedule Strength: Arkansas 6; Auburn 17.
RPI: Arkansas 9, Auburn 12.
NOTABLE Auburn opened the season with 15 consecutive wins, but the Tigers have lost six of their past 10….Auburn right-hander Casey Mize is projected to be a first-round pick in this year’s MLB Draft. Mize has 70 strikeouts and 3 walks in 47 innings this season….Arkansas outfielder Heston Kjerstad is batting .439 during a 14-game hit streak….Arkansas pitcher Isaiah Campbell should be able to pitch in some capacity this weekend. Campbell, who missed a start at Ole Miss last weekend, threw a bullpen Monday….Auburn is the fourth consecutive weekend opponent for Arkansas. The Razorbacks swept No. 10 Kentucky and lost two of three at No. 1 Florida and No. 3 Ole Miss….Auburn is also playing a ranked opponent for the fourth consecutive weekend. The Tigers defeated No. 19 Texas A&M twice, but lost two of three to Kentucky and No. 22 Missouri.
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