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. Ole Miss: How to watch and listen, forecast, pitching matchup, team comparisons
Arkansas players warm up prior to an SEC Tournament game against Georgia on Thursday, May 23, 2019, in Hoover, Ala.
GAME TIME Friday, 3 p.m.
WHERE Hoover Metropolitan Stadium (10,800), Hoover, Ala.
RECORDS Arkansas 41-16; Ole Miss 35-24
STREAK Arkansas lost 1; Ole Miss won 1
LAST 10 Arkansas 5-5; Ole Miss 3-7
RANKINGS Arkansas 5; Ole Miss 23
COACHES Arkansas: Dave Van Horn - 684-380 in 17th season at Arkansas and 1,004-539 in 25th season overall in Division I; Ole Miss: Mike Bianco - 745-436-1 in 19th season at Ole Miss and 845-507-1 in 22nd season overall in Division I
SERIES Tied 49-49
LAST MEETING Arkansas defeated Ole Miss 5-3 on Wednesday in Hoover, Ala.
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 SEC Network. All games can be accessed on the ESPN app and ESPN3.com. (Carrier login required).
ANNOUNCERS Dave Neal (play-by-play), Chris Burke (analyst), Ben McDonald (analyst) and Kris Budden (field)
LIKELY PITCHING MATCHUP Arkansas RHP Connor Noland (2-4, 3.86 ERA) vs. Ole Miss RHP Gunnar Hoglund (2-2, 5.13 ERA)
WEATHER According to the National Weather Service, it will be sunny with a high of 95 degrees in Hoover, Ala.
NOTABLE The loser of Friday’s game will be eliminated from the SEC Tournament. The winner will advance to the tournament semifinals and will play a single-elimination game against Georgia on Saturday at noon….Ole Miss defeated Texas A&M 1-0 on Thursday in an elimination game. The Rebels were no-hit through eight innings, but Ole Miss recorded two hits in the top of the ninth inning, including a two-out RBI double by Cole Zabowski to score the game’s only run….Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco moved into third place in all-time wins by SEC coaches earlier this season. Bianco trails former Mississippi State and Georgia coach Ron Polk, and former LSU coach Skip Bertman, who was his head coach as a player at LSU in the 1980s. Bianco passed former South Carolina coach Ray Tanner for third place….Arkansas has advanced to the weekend at the past two SEC Tournaments. The Razorbacks lost to LSU in the semifinals of last year’s tournament and lost to LSU in the championship game in 2017. Arkansas has never won the SEC Tournament….Ole Miss is the defending SEC Tournament champion….Arkansas starter Connor Noland allowed 2 runs on 7 hits in a 4 2/3-inning start against Ole Miss on March 30 in Fayetteville….Ole Miss starter Gunnar Hoglund allowed 2 runs on 3 hits in a 3-inning start against Arkansas on March 31….The temperature was 94 degrees at first pitch of Arkansas’ game against Georgia on Thursday, which reportedly was a record at the SEC Tournament….Arkansas is 5-3 all-time against Ole Miss at the SEC Tournament. The Razorbacks have won four straight over the Rebels in games played at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, and all SEC Tournament meetings between the teams have included the programs’ current head coaches. Ole Miss last defeated Arkansas at the SEC Tournament in 2012….This is the third consecutive season in which Arkansas is playing an SEC opponent at least five times. The Razorbacks played Mississippi State five times in 2017 and played South Carolina seven times last season….Thursday’s four games at the SEC Tournament had only 13 runs. Starting pitchers combined to throw 52 2/3 innings Thursday and allowed a combined two earned runs….Six of the 12 tournament games this season have been decided by one run, and five others have been decided by two runs.
ERA: Arkansas 3.97; Ole Miss 4.30
Earned Runs Per Game: Arkansas 7.30; Ole Miss 6.04
Batting Average: Arkansas .301; Ole Miss .278
Opponent Batting Average: Arkansas .228; Ole Miss .257
Slugging Percentage: Arkansas .495; Ole Miss .422
On-Base Percentage: Arkansas .400; Ole Miss .385
Fielding Percentage: Arkansas .970; Ole Miss .976
Strength of Schedule: Arkansas 11; Ole Miss 12
RPI: Arkansas 6; Ole Miss 26
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