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. Georgia at SEC Tournament: How to watch and listen, forecast, pitching matchup, team comparisons
Arkansas shortstop Jalen Battles (4) forces out Georgia base runner Connor Tate during a game Friday, May 7, 2021, in Fayetteville.
SCHEDULED GAME TIME Wednesday, 4:30 p.m.
WHERE Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Hoover, Ala.
RECORDS Arkansas 42-10; Georgia 31-23
LAST 10 Arkansas 8-2; Georgia 4-6
STREAKS Arkansas won 4; Georgia won 2
RANKINGS Arkansas 1; Georgia NR
COACHES Arkansas: Dave Van Horn - 742-399 in 19th season at Arkansas and 1,062-558 in 27th season overall in Division I; Georgia: Scott Stricklin - 234-184-1 in eighth season at Georgia and 584-372-1 in 17th season overall.
SERIES Arkansas leads 36-25
LAST MEETING Arkansas defeated Georgia 5-3 on Sunday, May 9, in Fayetteville to win the rubber match of a three-game series.
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 televised by SEC Network and can be accessed via WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app (carrier login required).
ANNOUNCERS Dave Neal (play-by-play), Kyle Peterson (analyst) and Todd Walker (analyst)
PROJECTED PITCHING MATCHUP Arkansas LHP Lael Lockhart (2-2, 4.53 ERA in 40 1/3 innings) vs. Georgia LHP Charlie Goldstein (1-0, 4.26 ERA in 19 innings)
FORECAST According to the National Weather Service, Wednesday will be mostly sunny with a high near 90 degrees in Hoover, Ala. There is a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m.
ERA: Arkansas 3.90; Georgia 3.82
Earned Runs Per Game: Arkansas 7.58; Georgia 5.18
Batting Average: Arkansas .276; Georgia .275
Opponent Batting Average: Arkansas .227; Georgia .226
Slugging Percentage: Arkansas .490; Georgia .421
On-Base Percentage: Arkansas .391; Georgia .352
Fielding Percentage: Arkansas .979; Georgia .979
Strength of Schedule: Arkansas 1; Georgia 13
NOTABLE Arkansas is the No. 1 seed at the SEC Tournament following its regular-season championship. The Razorbacks have never won the tournament title….Georgia entered the tournament on the heels of four consecutive SEC series losses against Auburn, Arkansas, Florida and Ole Miss. The Bulldogs are the No. 8 seed....Georgia defeated LSU 4-1 on Tuesday in an elimination game at the tournament….Arkansas starting pitcher Lael Lockhart did not pitch against the Bulldogs….Since playing at Arkansas earlier this month, the Bulldogs lost their ace starting pitcher, left hander Ryan Webb, to a season-ending injury….Arkansas lost 3-1 to Georgia in its last SEC Tournament game two years ago….Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn was named SEC coach of the year and right-handed reliever Kevin Kopps was named SEC pitcher of the year Monday….Seven Razorbacks were named to various All-SEC teams — Kopps, second baseman Robert Moore, designated hitter Matt Goodheart, center fielder Christian Franklin, pitchers Patrick Wicklander and Peyton Pallette, and right fielder Cayden Wallace….Georgia relief pitcher Jaden Woods and catcher Corey Collins were named to the SEC all-freshman team....The Arkansas-Georgia game is the third of four scheduled games Wednesday at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, so a delayed start time is possible.
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