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. Ole Miss at the College World Series: How to watch and listen, forecast, pitching matchup, team comparisons
Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn (right) shakes hands with Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco prior to a College World Series game Monday, June 20, 2022, in Omaha, Neb.
SCHEDULED GAME TIME Wednesday, 6 p.m.
WHERE Schwab Field (24,000) in Omaha, Neb.
RECORDS Arkansas 45-20; Ole Miss 39-22
STREAK Arkansas won 1; Ole Miss won 7
LAST 10 Arkansas 7-3; Ole Miss 8-2
COACHES Arkansas: Dave Van Horn — 795-422 in 20th season at Arkansas and 1,115-581 in 28th season overall in Division I; Ole Miss: Mike Bianco — 861-484-1 in 22nd season at Ole Miss and 961-555-1 in 24th season overall.
SERIES Arkansas leads 56-51
LAST MEETING Ole Miss defeated Arkansas 13-5 on Tuesday at the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
RADIO Razorback Sports Network can be accessed through local FM and AM affiliates, via the Arkansas Razorbacks Gameday app, via the TuneIn app, via the Varsity Network app or on ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Blackouts may apply.
TELEVISION The game will be televised by ESPN and can be accessed on WatchESPN.com and via the ESPN app (carrier login required). Network is subject to change.
ANNOUNCERS Karl Ravech (play-by-play), Kyle Peterson (analyst), Eduardo Perez (analyst) and Kris Budden (field)
PITCHING MATCHUP Arkansas LHP Hagen Smith (6-2, 4.85 ERA in 72 innings vs. Ole Miss LHP John Gaddis (3-1, 4.40 ERA in 43 innings)
FORECAST According to the National Weather Service, Wednesday will be partly cloudy with a high of 90 degrees and a low of 66 degrees in Omaha, Neb.
ERA: Arkansas 4.13; Ole Miss 4.36
Runs Scored Per Game: Arkansas 7.22; Ole Miss 7.62
Batting Average: Arkansas .279; Ole Miss .280
Opponent Batting Average: Arkansas .232; Ole Miss .241
Slugging Percentage: Arkansas .486; Ole Miss .495
On-Base Percentage: Arkansas .384; Ole Miss .379
Fielding Percentage: Arkansas .982; Ole Miss .971
NOTABLE This is one of two national semifinal matchups. The other is between Texas A&M and Oklahoma....Arkansas would be eliminated with a loss Wednesday. With a victory, the Razorbacks would force a decisive game against the Rebels on Thursday....Ole Miss would advance to the national championship series with a win over Arkansas on Wednesday or in Thursday's if-necessary game....The Rebels defeated the Razorbacks 13-5 on Monday at the College World Series....Arkansas and Ole Miss are 2-2 against each other this season....The Rebels are the only undefeated team in this year's NCAA Tournament and have outscored their opponents by a combined 64-17....Wednesday's game will be the 73rd between Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn and Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco. That is believed to be the most games coached against each other in SEC history. Bianco has a 41-31 lead over Van Horn in games coached against one another....Arkansas is at the College World Series for the first time since 2019 and the 11th time overall....Ole Miss is at the College World Series for the first time since 2014 and the sixth time overall.
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