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. Northwestern State: How to watch and listen, forecast, pitching matchups, team comparisons
Jeffrey Elkins (45) runs the bases during a Northwestern State University at Houston Baptist University NCAA college baseball game, Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Aaron M. Sprecher)
GAME TIMES Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 3 p.m.
WHERE Baum-Walker Stadium (10,737), Fayetteville
RECORDS Arkansas 30-10; Northwestern State 23-15
STREAK Arkansas won 5; Northwestern State won 2
LAST 10 Arkansas 8-2; Northwestern State 6-4
RANKINGS Arkansas 7; Northwestern State NR
COACHES Arkansas: Dave Van Horn - 673-374 in 17th season at Arkansas and 993-533 in 25th season overall in Division I; Northwestern State: Bobby Barbier - 81-73 in third season at Northwestern State and overall.
SERIES Arkansas leads 17-2
LAST MEETING Arkansas defeated Northwestern State twice during a midweek series in April 2014 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 Both games will air on 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 Kole Ramage (6-1, 5.35 ERA) vs. Northwestern State RHP Kyle Swanson (0-1, 5.14 ERA)
Game 2: Arkansas TBA vs. Northwestern State TBA
WEATHER According to the National Weather Service, there is a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, and a temperature between 54 and 72 degrees Tuesday night in Fayetteville. It will be mostly cloudy with a high near 70 degrees Wednesday afternoon. There is a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 1 p.m.
NOTABLE Arkansas is 2-2 and Northwestern State is 3-1 this season against common opponents, Arkansas-Little Rock and Louisiana Tech….Northwestern State defeated LSU 3-1 on March 12 in Natchitoches, La….The Demons were an NCAA Tournament team last season after they won the Southland Conference Tournament. Northwestern State blew a ninth-inning lead and lost to LSU in an elimination game at the Corvallis (Ore.) Regional at Oregon State….Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn coached Northwestern State from 1995-97. Van Horn was hired away by Nebraska following his third season in Natchitoches and had a record of 106-65 with the Demons….Former Alabama All-American Taylor Dugas is an assistant coach at Northwestern State….Arkansas is in the midst of a 10-game home stand that includes a game next Tuesday against Grambling State in North Little Rock….The Razorbacks’ game against Northwestern State on Wednesday will be the last against a non-conference opponent during the regular season at Baum-Walker Stadium.
ERA: Arkansas 4.07; Northwestern State 3.92.
Earned Runs Per Game: Arkansas 7.19; Northwestern State 5.39.
Batting Average: Arkansas .299; Northwestern State .256.
Opponent Batting Average: Arkansas .227; Northwestern State .248.
Slugging Percentage: Arkansas .472; Northwestern State .394.
On-Base Percentage: Arkansas .401; Northwestern State .358.
Fielding Percentage: Arkansas .972; Northwestern State .980.
Strength of Schedule: Arkansas 6; Northwestern State 167.
RPI: Arkansas 5; Northwestern State 123.
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