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. Murray State: How to watch and listen, pitching matchup, forecast, team comparisons
Arkansas second baseman Robert Moore (right) slides in safely at second Saturday, March 6, 2021, as he collides with Murray State second baseman Jordan Cozart who misplays the throw from the plate during the sixth inning of the Hogs’ 11-6 win at Baum-Walker Stadium in Fayetteville.
SCHEDULED GAME TIME Sunday, 1 p.m.
WHERE Baum-Walker Stadium in Fayetteville
RECORDS Arkansas 9-0; Murray State 5-5
STREAK Arkansas won 13 (dating to 2020); Murray State lost 2
COACHES Arkansas: Dave Van Horn - 709-389 in 19th season at Arkansas and 1,029-548 in 27th season overall in Division I; Murray State: Dan Skirka - 39-42 in third season at Murray State and overall.
SERIES Arkansas leads 4-0
LAST MEETING Arkansas defeated Murray State 11-6 on Saturday 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 Steven Davis (play-by-play) and Troy Eklund (analyst)
PITCHING MATCHUP Arkansas senior LHP Lael Lockhart (0-0, 4.50 ERA in 8 innings) vs. Murray State freshman RHP Jack Wenninger (1-0, 0.00 ERA in 5 innings)
FORECAST According to the National Weather Service, it will be sunny with a high of 65 degrees Sunday in Fayetteville.
ERA: Arkansas 3.81; Murray State 5.93
Earned Runs Per Game: Arkansas 8.83; Murray State 6.01
Batting Average: Arkansas .295; Murray State .261
Opponent Batting Average: Arkansas .197; Murray State .280
Slugging Percentage: Arkansas .532; Murray State .426
On-Base Percentage: Arkansas .411; Murray State .350
Fielding Percentage: Arkansas .984; Murray State .962
NOTABLE Arkansas has won the first two games of the series by scores of 7-6 and 11-6. The Racers have led by at least three runs in each game....Murray State is Arkansas' second consecutive opponent from the Ohio Valley Conference. The Racers were picked to finish third in the OVC this season by league coaches....Murray State second baseman Jordan Cozart entered the Arkansas series with a .387 batting average. Cozart has 4 doubles, 3 home runs and 8 RBI through 8 games....Murray State starting pitcher Jack Wenninger struck out seven batters in five scoreless innings against Purdue Fort Wayne last week....Murray State head coach Dan Skirka was an assistant coach at Ouachita Baptist in Arkadelphia in 2009....Arkansas and Murray State are playing for the first time since the Razorbacks defeated the Racers twice in May 1986 at George Cole Field....Arkansas' record is 114-21 at home since the start of the 2017 season....The Razorbacks are ranked No. 1 in the USA Today Baseball Coaches Poll for the first time since 2013. Arkansas lost its final four games as the top-ranked team that season....Arkansas' 13-game win streak is tied for the program's longest since a 13-game win streak in 2010....Attendance restrictions remain in place for the Razorbacks' baseball games and crowds will be capped at 4,200 for this weekend's games. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said last week he was lifting most public health directives, with the exception of a mask mandate.
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