Arkansas vs. Gonzaga: How to watch and listen, forecast, pitching matchup, team comparisons

By: Matt Jones
Published: Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Arkansas baseball players huddle prior to a game against Eastern Illinois on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Fayetteville.
Photo by J.T. Wampler
Arkansas baseball players huddle prior to a game against Eastern Illinois on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Fayetteville.

GAME TIME Sunday, 1 p.m.

WHERE Baum-Walker Stadium (10,737), Fayetteville

RECORDS Arkansas 6-0; Gonzaga 2-5

STREAKS Arkansas won 6; Gonzaga lost 3

COACHES Arkansas: Dave Van Horn - 695-384 in 18th season at Arkansas and 1,015-543 in 26th season overall in Division I; Gonzaga: Mark Machtolf - 452-368-2 in 16th season at Gonzaga and overall.

SERIES Arkansas leads 6-5

LAST MEETING Arkansas defeated Gonzaga 5-0 on Saturday.

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 All games can be accessed on the ESPN app and ESPN3.com. (Carrier login required).

ANNOUNCERS Benjamin Kelly (play-by-play) and Troy Eklund (analyst)

LIKELY PITCHING MATCHUP Arkansas RHP Caleb Bolden (0-0, 0.00 ERA in 3 innings) vs. Gonzaga RHP Nick Trogrlic-Iverson (0-1, 4.50 ERA in 4 innings)

WEATHER According to the National Weather Service, Sunday will be rainy with a high near 50 degrees in Fayetteville. The chance of precipitation is 90 percent.

NOTABLE Gonzaga split a pair of games with No. 25 Oregon State last weekend in Surprise, Ariz. The Bulldogs also defeated New Mexico and lost to BYU…Arkansas enters the series with six consecutive wins over nonconference opponents at Baum-Walker Stadium....Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn indicated this week that he would change the batting order some against Gonzaga. In particular, Van Horn mentioned center fielder Christian Franklin could move down in the order from the two hole where he went 5-for-12 with a home run and a double during the first weekend….Arkansas pitcher Connor Noland struck out a career-high 11 batters in his first start of the season and was named SEC pitcher of the week. Noland is one of six Arkansas pitchers to strike out 11 in a game in the past decade….Gonzaga was predicted to win the West Coast Conference during the preseason. The Bulldogs have won the WCC Tournament twice in the past four seasons….Gonzaga right hander Alek Jacob was named to two preseason All-America teams….Arkansas outfielder Heston Kjerstad was co-SEC player of the week after going 7-for-12 with 4 home runs, a double and 10 RBI on the first weekend.

TEAM COMPARISON

ERA: Arkansas 1.33; Gonzaga 4.63

Earned Runs Per Game: Arkansas 9.00; Gonzaga 3.79

Batting Average: Arkansas .324; Gonzaga .256

Opponent Batting Average: Arkansas .206; Gonzaga .262

Slugging Percentage: Arkansas .593; Gonzaga .338

On-Base Percentage: Arkansas .434; Gonzaga .311

Fielding Percentage: Arkansas .982; Gonzaga .987

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