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. Mississippi State Game 2: How to watch and listen, pitching matchup, forecast, team comparisons
Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn (front) talks with umpires and Mississippi State coach Chris Lemonis prior to a game Friday, April 1, 2022, in Fayetteville.
SCHEDULED GAME TIME Saturday, 6:30 p.m.
WHERE Baum-Walker Stadium (11,531) in Fayetteville
RECORDS Arkansas 20-4, 6-1 SEC; Mississippi State 16-11, 3-4 SEC
STREAK Arkansas won 3; Mississippi State lost 1
LAST 10 Arkansas 9-1; Mississippi State 6-4
COACHES Arkansas: Dave Van Horn — 770-406 in 20th season at Arkansas and 1,090-565 in 28th season overall in Division I; Mississippi State: Chris Lemonis — 130-48 in fourth season at Mississippi State and 271-139-2 in eighth season overall.
SERIES Mississippi State leads 56-55
LAST MEETING Arkansas defeated Mississippi State 8-1 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 by SEC Network-Plus and can be accessed on WatchESPN.com and via the ESPN app (carrier login required).
ANNOUNCERS Josh Haley (play-by-play) and Troy Eklund (analyst)
PITCHING MATCHUP Arkansas LHP Hagen Smith (4-1, 3.45 ERA in 31 1/3 innings) vs. Mississippi State RHP Parker Stinnett (3-0, 4.67 ERA in 27 innings)
FORECAST According to the National Weather Service, Saturday night will be clear with a high of 66 degrees and a low of 39 in Fayetteville.
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ERA: Arkansas 3.35; Mississippi State 4.82
Earned Runs Per Game: Arkansas 6.70; Mississippi State 7.28
Batting Average: Arkansas .277; Mississippi State .274
Opponent Batting Average: Arkansas .219; Mississippi State .243
Slugging Percentage: Arkansas .455; Mississippi State .475
On-Base Percentage: Arkansas .392; Mississippi State .391
Fielding Percentage: Arkansas .987; Mississippi State .985
NOTABLE Arkansas has swept the last two series against Mississippi State. One team has swept the other in each series since 2016....Mississippi State has lost seven consecutive games at Baum-Walker Stadium. The Bulldogs have not won a game in Fayetteville since 2015 and have not a won series in Fayetteville since 2007....Arkansas has not lost an SEC series since 2019....The Razorbacks are ranked second in this week's USA Today Baseball Coaches Poll....Mississippi State has lost series this season to Long Beach State, Tulane and Georgia....Mississippi State coach Chris Lemonis was ejected in the Bulldogs' last game, at Memphis on Tuesday....Lemons is 0-7 in his career against the Razorbacks....Arkansas closer Brady Tygart was the high school teammate of Mississippi State back-up catcher Gray Bane at Lewisburg High School in Olive Brach, Miss....Arkansas ranks second nationally with an average home attendance of 10,166. LSU (10,261) ranks first and Mississippi State (9,975) is third.
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