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Arkansas vs. Santa Clara at NCAA Fayetteville Regional: How to watch and listen, pitching matchup, forecast, team comparisons
Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn watches Thursday, June 1, 2023, during practice at Baum-Walker Stadium in Fayetteville. Arkansas, Texas Christian, Arizona and Santa Clara practiced at the stadium ahead of the opening-round games in the NCAA Fayetteville Regional.
SCHEDULED GAME TIME Friday, 2 p.m. Central
WHERE Baum-Walker Stadium (11,531) in Fayetteville
RECORDS Arkansas 41-16; Santa Clara 35-18
LAST 10 Arkansas 6-4; Santa Clara 8-2
STREAK Arkansas lost 1; Santa Clara won 8
COACHES Arkansas: Dave Van Horn — 837-439 in 21st season at Arkansas and 1,157-598 in 29th season overall in Division I; Santa Clara: Rusty Filter — 127-151 in sixth season at Santa Clara and overall.
SERIES Arkansas leads 1-0
LAST MEETING Arkansas defeated Santa Clara 10-3 on March 17, 1995, in San Jose, Calif.
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.
RADIO ANNOUNCERS Phil Elson (play-by-play) and Bubba Carpenter (analyst)
TELEVISION The game will be streamed by ESPN+ and can be accessed on WatchESPN.com and via the ESPN app (carrier login required).
TV ANNOUNCERS Mike Ferrin (play-by-play) and Greg Swindell (analyst)
PITCHING MATCHUP Arkansas LHP Hunter Hollan (8-2, 4.06 ERA, 1.36 WHIP in 77 2/3 innings) vs. Santa Clara RHP Cole Kitchen (3-2, 4.25 ERA, 1.28 WHIP in 78 1/3 innings)
FORECAST According to the National Weather Service, Friday will be increasingly cloudy with a high of 87 degrees in Fayetteville. There is a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m. Southeast winds will be calm.
ERA: Arkansas 4.87; Santa Clara 4.42
Runs Scored Per Game: Arkansas 7.61; Santa Clara 7.15
Batting Average: Arkansas .276; Santa Clara .300
Opponent Batting Average: Arkansas .257; Santa Clara .246
Slugging Percentage: Arkansas .469; Santa Clara .491
On-Base Percentage: Arkansas .392; Santa Clara .403
Fielding Percentage: Arkansas .981; Santa Clara .974
NOTABLE Arkansas is No. 3 in the USA Today Baseball Coaches Poll, which is the poll of record for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette….The Razorbacks are the No. 1 seed at the NCAA Fayetteville Regional. Santa Clara is the No. 4 seed. No. 2 seed TCU and No. 3 seed Arizona are also in the field....The winner of Friday's game will advance to the winner's bracket to play the TCU-Arizona winner Saturday at 8 p.m. The loser of Friday's game will play an elimination game Saturday at 2 p.m. against the TCU-Arizona loser....Santa Clara earned the automatic bid from the West Coast Conference after winning its league tournament in Las Vegas. The Broncos are in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1996....Arkansas is 30-4 at Baum-Walker Stadium this season, including 19-3 against teams that made the NCAA postseason.
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