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 Doubleheader: How to watch and listen, pitching matchups, forecast, team comparisons
Arkansas shortstop John Bolton (9) throws the ball across the field to get a LSU runner in the eighth inning of an NCAA college baseball game Friday, March 24, 2023, in Baton Rouge, La. ( Michael Johnson/The Advocate via AP)
SCHEDULED GAME TIMES Saturday, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
WHERE Alex Box Stadium (10,326) in Baton Rouge, La.
RECORDS Arkansas 20-2, 4-0 SEC; LSU 19-3, 2-2 SEC
LAST 10 Arkansas 10-0; LSU 8-2
STREAK Arkansas won 15; LSU lost 1
COACHES Arkansas: Dave Van Horn — 816-425 in 21st season at Arkansas and 1,136-584 in 29th season overall in Division I; LSU: Jay Johnson — 59-25 in second season at LSU and 339-181 in 10th season overall in Division I.
SERIES LSU leads 75-40
LAST MEETING Arkansas defeated LSU 9-3 in 10 innings on Friday in Baton Rouge, La.
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 first game will be televised by SEC Network and the second game will be streamed by SEC Network-Plus. Both games 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)
GAME 1 PITCHING MATCHUP Arkansas RHP Will McEntire (4-0, 3.71 ERA in 26 2/3 innings) vs. LSU RHP Ty Floyd (3-0, 2.25 ERA in 20 innings)
GAME 2 PITCHING MATCHUP Arkansas TBA vs. LSU RHP Thatcher Hurd (2-0, 2.57 ERA in 21 innings)
FORECAST According to the National Weather Service, Saturday will be mostly clear with a high of 84 degrees in Baton Rouge, La.
ERA: Arkansas 4.13; LSU 2.98
Runs Scored Per Game: Arkansas 8.95; LSU 10.68
Batting Average: Arkansas .304; LSU .326
Opponent Batting Average: Arkansas .246; LSU .177
Slugging Percentage: Arkansas .544; LSU .573
On-Base Percentage: Arkansas .416; LSU .460
Fielding Percentage: Arkansas .977; LSU .990
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' 15-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 was 14-0 at home prior to the Razorbacks' victory at Alex Box Stadium on Friday....Arkansas is playing its first series away from home. The Razorbacks' only other games away from came Feb. 17-19 at the College Baseball Showdown....LSU outfielder Dylan Crews is the No. 1 prospect for this year's MLB Draft, according to Baseball America. He led the SEC in batting average (.515), on-base percentage (.656) and OPS (1.582) entering the series....Arkansas outfielder Jared Wegner had a 14-game hitting streak end Friday....The Tigers have the NCAA's best fielding percentage of .990....Arkansas has scored 65 two-out runs for an average of 2.9 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....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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