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. Tennessee: How to watch and listen, forecast, pitching matchups, team comparisons
Tennessee pitcher Garrett Stallings (27) delivers the pitch during an NCAA college baseball game, Friday, April 5, 2019, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Shawn Millsaps)
GAME TIMES Friday, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 6:30 p.m.; Sunday, 4 p.m.
WHERE Baum-Walker Stadium (10,737), Fayetteville
RECORDS Arkansas 31-11, 12-6 SEC; Tennessee 31-11, 9-9 SEC
STREAK Arkansas lost 1; Tennessee won 5
LAST 10 Arkansas 7-3; Tennessee 8-2
RANKINGS Arkansas 7; Tennessee 18
COACHES Arkansas: Dave Van Horn - 674-375 in 17th season at Arkansas and 994-534 in 25th season overall in Division I; Tennessee: Tony Vitello - 60-38 in second season at Tennessee and overall.
SERIES Arkansas leads 33-27
LAST MEETING Arkansas and Tennessee split two games in Knoxville, Tenn., in May 2017.
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 Games 1 and 2 will air on SEC Network-Plus, and Game 3 will be televised by SEC Network. All three games can be accessed on the ESPN app and ESPN3.com. (Carrier login required).
Games 1 and 2: Brett Dolan (play-by-play) and Troy Eklund (analyst)
Game 3: Richard Cross (play-by-play) and Todd Walker (analyst)
LIKELY PITCHING MATCHUPS
Game 1: Arkansas RHP Isaiah Campbell (7-1, 2.44 ERA) vs. Tennessee LHP Garrett Crochet (3-2, 2.45 ERA)
Game 2: Arkansas LHP Patrick Wicklander (3-1, 4.28 ERA) vs. Tennessee RHP Garrett Stallings (7-2, 1.82 ERA)
Game 3: Arkansas TBA vs. Tennessee RHP Zach Linginfelter (6-4, 3.91 ERA)
WEATHER According to the National Weather Service, Friday night will be mostly clear with a temperature between 54-72 degrees. There is a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Saturday night with a temperature between 45-73 degrees. There is a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Sunday, then becoming partly sunny with a high of 69 degrees.
NOTABLE Tennessee is the fifth consecutive top 20 team that Arkansas will play in conference play. The Razorbacks were 7-5 against Ole Miss, Auburn, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State….Tennessee coach Tony Vitello spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Arkansas from 2014-17. This weekend’s games will be Vitello’s first against Arkansas since he took the Tennessee job following the 2017 NCAA regional….Tennessee outfielder Alerick Soularie is batting a team-high .374 with 10 home runs and 30 RBI. Soularie, a sophomore, originally signed with Arkansas in 2016, but spent his freshman season at San Jacinto Junior College….Arkansas enters the series with a half-game lead over Texas A&M in the SEC West. The Razorbacks are one game back of Georgia in the overall SEC standings. Tennessee won two of three against Georgia earlier this month….Arkansas has won 20 of the past 23 three-game series at Baum-Walker Stadium….Tennessee coach Tony Vitello and Arkansas pitching coach Matt Hobbs were college teammates at Missouri….Arkansas volunteer coach Taylor Smart spent two seasons playing at Tennessee after transferring from a junior college….Tennessee hitting coach Josh Elander was Arkansas’ volunteer coach in 2017.
ERA: Arkansas 4.17; Tennessee 2.68.
Earned Runs Per Game: Arkansas 7.40; Tennessee 5.61.
Batting Average: Arkansas .303; Tennessee .261.
Opponent Batting Average: Arkansas .229; Tennessee .212.
Slugging Percentage: Arkansas .488; Tennessee .412.
On-Base Percentage: Arkansas .405; Tennessee .371.
Fielding Percentage: Arkansas .971; Tennessee .982.
Strength of Schedule: Arkansas 12; Tennessee 4.
RPI: Arkansas 8; Tennessee 6.
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