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. SEMO: How to watch and listen, pitching matchup, forecast, team comparisons
Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn is shown during a scrimmage Friday, Jan. 29, 2021, in Fayetteville.
SCHEDULED GAME TIME Saturday, 11 a.m.
WHERE Baum-Walker Stadium in Fayetteville
RECORDS Arkansas 5-0; SEMO 2-3
STREAK Arkansas won 9 (dating to 2020); SEMO lost 2
COACHES Arkansas: Dave Van Horn - 705-389 in 19th season at Arkansas and 1,025-548 in 27th season overall in Division I; SEMO: Andy Sawyers - 90-99 in fifth season at SEMO and overall.
SERIES Arkansas leads 8-5
LAST MEETING Arkansas defeated SEMO 7-3 on Friday 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 The game will be streamed on SEC Network-Plus, which can be accessed via WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app (carrier login required).
ANNOUNCERS Brett Dolan (play-by-play) and Troy Eklund (analyst)
PITCHING MATCHUP Arkansas junior RHP Peyton Pallette (0-0, 0.00 ERA in 4 1/3 innings) vs. SEMO sophomore RHP Ryan Vogt (0-0, 6.00 ERA in 3 innings).
FORECAST According to the National Weather Service, showers are likely Saturday with a high near 64 degrees.
ERA: Arkansas 3.33; SEMO 5.08
Earned Runs Per Game: Arkansas 7.06; SEMO 4.21
Batting Average: Arkansas .241; SEMO .241
Opponent Batting Average: Arkansas .169; SEMO .229
Slugging Percentage: Arkansas .410; SEMO .316
On-Base Percentage: Arkansas .366; SEMO .327
Fielding Percentage: Arkansas .989; SEMO .989
NOTABLE SEMO coach Andy Sawyers played and coached under Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn. Saywers played for Van Horn for one season in 1998, and was the Cornhuskers’ volunteer assistant coach in 2000. Sawyers is one of six Division I head coaches who are former Van Horn assistants. The Razorbacks will fave five teams coached by former Van Horn assistants this season (SEMO, Louisiana Tech, UALR, Texas A&M and Tennessee)….The four-game SEMO series is the season-opening series for the Razorbacks at Baum-Walker Stadium. Attendance will be limited to around 4,200 for Arkansas’ home games this season due to covid-19 protocols….Arkansas’ Peyton Pallette struck out eight batters in 4 1/3 innings during his first career start against Texas last Sunday.….SEMO won two of three games at South Alabama on its first weekend of play….The Redhawks’ director of offensive player development is Trevor Ezell, who was an All-SEC first baseman at Arkansas in 2019. Ezell transferred to the Razorbacks from SEMO….Arkansas designated hitter Matt Goodheart has been cleared to play, but has not played in either game this series. Goodheart did not travel for the Razorbacks’ first series because of a health issue related to his stomach….Arkansas’ home record is 110-21 since the start of the 2017 season....The Razorbacks remain ranked eighth in the USA Today Baseball Coaches Poll, which was their preseason ranking. The coaches poll will not begin weekly rankings until after the third weekend of the season.
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