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. Arizona in NCAA super regional: How to watch, forecast, team comparisons, notables
Arkansas pitcher Mary Haff throws during an NCAA regional game against Stanford on Sunday, May 23, 2021, in Fayetteville.
SCHEDULED GAME TIME Friday, 6 p.m.
WHERE Bogle Park in Fayetteville
RECORDS Arkansas 43-9; Arizona 39-13
LAST 10 Arkansas 6-4; Arizona 7-3
STREAKS Arkansas won 3; Arizona won 3
NCAA OVERALL SEED Arkansas 6; Arizona 11
COACHES Arkansas: Courtney Deifel - 190-115 in sixth season at Arkansas and 217-142 in seventh season overall; Arizona: Mike Candrea - 1,672-434-2 in 36th season at Arizona and overall.
ALL-TIME SERIES Arizona leads 1-0
LAST MEETING Arizona defeated Arkansas 9-1 on Feb. 16, 2003, in Tucson, Ariz.
TELEVISION The game will be televised by ESPNU and can be accessed via WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app (carrier login required).
ANNOUNCERS Pam Ward (play-by-play) and Jenny Dalton-Hill (analyst)
FORECAST According to the National Weather Service, Friday night will be partly cloudy in Fayetteville. The high temperature is 71 degrees and the low is 46.
ERA: Arkansas 2.05; Arizona 2.14
Earned Runs Per Game: Arkansas 5.15; Arizona 6.29
Batting Average: Arkansas .265; Arizona .327
Opponent Batting Average: Arkansas .213; Arizona .215
Slugging Percentage: Arkansas .509; Arizona .578
On-Base Percentage: Arkansas .378; Arizona .407
Fielding Percentage: Arkansas .974; Arizona .984
NOTABLE Arkansas is hosting an NCAA super regional for the first time. Tickets for all three games are sold out....The first team to win two games during the super regional will advance to the Women's College World Series next week in Oklahoma City. The Razorbacks have never played in the Women's College World Series....Arizona coach Mike Candrea is the winningest coach in NCAA softball history. Candrea has won eight national championships and led 23 teams to the Women's College World Series during his career, including the 2019 Wildcats....Arkansas advanced to the super regional with victories of 8-0 over Manhattan, 4-0 over South Dakota State and 7-3 over Stanford last week in Fayetteville....Arizona advanced to the super regional with victories of 7-0 over Maryland-Baltimore County and two 12-6 victories over Ole Miss last week in Tucson....Arizona is playing in a super regional for the 15th time in 16 seasons. The Wildcats have played in 34 consecutive NCAA Tournaments, which is the longest active streak in college softball....Arkansas lost its only previous super regional games at Oklahoma in 2018....Arkansas right hander Mary Haff was the SEC co-pitcher of the year. Haff is 26-6 with a 1.44 ERA and 195 strikeouts in 194 innings. Haff pitched 19 of 21 innings during last week's regional....Arizona's Jessie Harper has hit 90 career home runs, five shy of the NCAA record....Arkansas' Braxton Burnside is tied for second nationally with 25 home runs. The Razorbacks have hit 92 home runs this season, which ranks fourth nationally....Arizona's Janelle Meoño was the Pac-12 freshman of the year. Her .450 batting average is the best in the Pac-12....ESPNU analyst Jenny Dalton-Hill was a four-time All-American at Arizona....Arkansas is 24-5 this season at Bogle Park....Arizona is 12-10 in road games....Arkansas coach Courtney Deifel was a starting catcher for California when the Golden Bears defeated Arizona in the finals of the 2002 Women's College World Series.
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