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. Florida State: How to watch and listen, forecast, pitching matchup, team comparisons
Arkansas practices for baseball's College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park, Friday, June 14, 2019, in Omaha, Neb. (Ryan Soderlin/Omaha World-Herald via AP)
GAME TIME Saturday, 6 p.m.
WHERE TD Ameritrade Park (24,000), Omaha, Neb.
RECORDS Arkansas 46-18; Florida State 41-21
STREAK Arkansas won 1; Florida State won 6
LAST 10 Arkansas 6-4; Florida State 7-3
COACHES Arkansas: Dave Van Horn - 689-382 in 17th season at Arkansas and 1,009-541 in 25th season overall in Division I; Florida State: Mike Martin - 2,028-734-4 in 40th season at Florida State and overall.
SERIES Arkansas leads 5-0
LAST MEETING Arkansas defeated Florida State 9-8 on June 6, 2009, to sweep an NCAA super regional in Tallahassee, Fla.
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 The game will be aired on ESPN. All games can be accessed on the ESPN app and ESPN3.com. (Carrier login required).
ANNOUNCERS Karl Ravech (play-by-play), Kyle Peterson (analyst), Eduardo Perez (analyst) and Kris Budden (field).
LIKELY PITCHING MATCHUP Arkansas RHP Isaiah Campbell (12-1, 2.26 ERA) vs. Florida State LHP Drew Parrish (8-5, 5.11 ERA)
WEATHER According to the National Weather Service, there is a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 9 p.m. Saturday in Omaha. The high temperature will be 86 degrees with a low of 64.
NOTABLE Neither team can be eliminated with a loss Saturday. The loser will play an elimination game Monday against the loser of Saturday’s game between Texas Tech and Michigan. The winners of Saturday’s games will play in a non-elimination game Monday….Arkansas is in the College World Series in consecutive seasons for the first time. The Razorbacks were national runner-up to Oregon State last season….Florida State coach Mike Martin is in his final season as the head coach of the Seminoles. Martin, 75, is the NCAA’s all-time wins leader (2,208) and his 17th College World Series appearance is tied with former Texas coach Cliff Gustafson for the most ever by a head coach….Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn is second among active head coaches with eight College World Series appearances. Van Horn took Nebraska to the College World Series twice in 2001 and 2002, and has taken Arkansas six times since 2004….Arkansas is 7-6 all-time in games played at TD Ameritrade Park. The Razorbacks are 6-6 in College World Series games played at the stadium, and also defeated Creighton there in 2015….Florida State is 4-3 this season vs. SEC teams. The Seminoles lost three regular-season games to Florida, but have won two apiece against Georgia and LSU the past two weeks….Florida State was one of the final four teams admitted into this year’s NCAA Tournament. The other last four in were: Michigan, which is also in this year’s College World Series; Duke, which lost a super regional at Vanderbilt; and TCU, which lost in the regional championship at Arkansas….Eduardo Perez, who will be one of ESPN’s analysts during Saturday’s broadcast, played three seasons for Mike Martin at Florida State.
ERA: Arkansas 3.92; Florida State 4.55
Earned Runs Per Game: Arkansas 7.27; Florida State 6.77
Batting Average: Arkansas .301; Florida State .272
Opponent Batting Average: Arkansas .225; Florida State .241
Slugging Percentage: Arkansas .495; Florida State .457
On-Base Percentage: Arkansas .397; Florida State .398
Fielding Percentage: Arkansas .972; Florida State .964
Strength of Schedule: Arkansas 12; Florida State 48
RPI: Arkansas 5; Florida State 33
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