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. LSU Game 1: How to watch and listen, forecast, pitching matchup, team comparisons
Arkansas starting pitcher Hunter Hollan (39) delivers to the plate, Sunday, March 12, 2023, during the first inning between the Razorbacks and the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Baum-Walker Stadium in Fayetteville.
SCHEDULED GAME TIME Friday, Noon
WHERE Alex Box Stadium (10,326) in Baton Rouge, La.
RECORDS Arkansas 19-2, 3-0 SEC; LSU 19-2, 2-1 SEC
LAST 10 Arkansas 10-0; LSU 9-1
STREAK Arkansas won 14; LSU won 1
COACHES Arkansas: Dave Van Horn — 815-425 in 21st season at Arkansas and 1,135-584 in 29th season overall in Division I; LSU: Jay Johnson — 59-24 in second season at LSU and 339-180 in 10th season overall in Division I.
SERIES LSU leads 75-39
LAST MEETING Arkansas defeated LSU 6-2 on April 16, 2022, in Fayetteville to sweep 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, via the Varsity Network app or on ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Blackouts may apply.
RADIO ANNOUNCER Kyle Schassburger (play-by-play)
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).
TV ANNOUNCERS Dave Neal (play-by-play) and Ben McDonald (analyst)
PITCHING MATCHUP Arkansas LHP Hunter Hollan (4-0, 2.36 ERA in 26 2/3 innings) vs. LSU RHP Paul Skenes (5-0, 0.59 ERA in 30 1/3 innings)
FORECAST According to the National Weather Service, Friday will be partly sunny with a high of 85 degrees in Baton Rouge, La. There is a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms (some severe) after 2 p.m. South winds will blow 15 to 20 mph.
ERA: Arkansas 4.21; LSU 2.69
Runs Scored Per Game: Arkansas 8.95; LSU 11.05
Batting Average: Arkansas .309; LSU .331
Opponent Batting Average: Arkansas .247; LSU .176
Slugging Percentage: Arkansas .550; LSU .580
On-Base Percentage: Arkansas .421; LSU .467
Fielding Percentage: Arkansas .976; LSU .989
NOTABLE LSU is No. 1 and Arkansas is No. 3 in the USA Today Baseball Coaches Poll, which is the poll of record for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette….Arkansas' 14-game win streak is the longest in-season streak since the Razorbacks won the first 18 games of the 1996 season. Arkansas had a 12-game win streak in 2021, which was part of a 16-game win streak when coupled with the final games of the 2020 season that was canceled....Arkansas has won three consecutive series against LSU and has not lost a series to the Tigers since 2018....LSU is 14-0 at home....Arkansas is playing its first game away from home since Feb. 19 and its first true road game....LSU outfielder Dylan Crews is the No. 1 prospect for this year's MLB Draft, according to Baseball America. He leads the SEC in batting average (.515), on-base percentage (.656) and OPS (1.582)....Arkansas outfielder Jared Wegner has a 14-game hitting streak....LSU starting pitcher Paul Skenes leads the NCAA in strikeouts (59) and WHIP (0.53)....The Tigers have the NCAA's best fielding percentage of .989....Arkansas has scored 61 two-out runs for an average of 3.1 per game....Kyle Schassburger from the Learfield office in North Carolina will fill in for Phil Elson on the Razorback Sports Network radio broadcasts in Baton Rouge. Elson will not call the baseball games due to a scheduling conflict with the Arkansas women's basketball team, which will play Texas Tech in the WNIT on Friday....An Arkansas team spokesman said Friday's game could potentially be picked up by SEC Network after the conclusion of the Kentucky Pro Day football workout that is scheduled to end at 1 p.m. Central....Wes Johnson, who was Arkansas' pitching coach from 2017-18, is in his first season as pitching coach at LSU. Johnson spent four seasons as the pitching coach for the Minnesota Twins in Major League Baseball.
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