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-Auburn rubber match moved up by 1 hour
An Arkansas hat and glove sit in the dugout prior to a game against Louisiana-Monroe on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, in Fayetteville.
The final game of Arkansas' series at Auburn has been moved up by one hour Saturday.
The No. 9 Razorbacks and No. 15 Tigers are scheduled to play beginning at 1 p.m., weather permitting. The National Weather Service forecast for Saturday includes a 60 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms.
If the teams are able to play, it would be the third start time within a 24-hour window, following a Friday doubleheader. Arkansas defeated Auburn 9-6 in 15 innings after the Tigers won the first game Friday by a score of 6-3.
Both teams enter the finale with an overall record of 23-8. The Razorbacks and Tigers are tied for third in the SEC West standings at 7-4 in league play.
No reason was given for the time change, but it might be related to the Auburn basketball team playing in the Final Four for the first time Saturday. The Tigers are scheduled to play Virginia beginning just after 5 p.m.
Saturday's baseball game is scheduled to be televised by SEC Network-Plus. Neither team has announced a starting pitcher.
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