Arkansas vs. Mississippi State Game 2: How to watch and listen, pitching matchup, forecast, team comparisons

By: Matt Jones Matt Jones's Twitter account
Published: Friday, May 5, 2023
Arkansas pitcher Brady Tygart throws during a game against Texas A&M on Friday, April 28, 2023, in Fayetteville.
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Arkansas pitcher Brady Tygart throws during a game against Texas A&M on Friday, April 28, 2023, in Fayetteville.

SCHEDULED GAME TIME Saturday, 6 p.m.

WHERE Dudy Noble Field (15,000) in Starkville, Miss.

RECORDS Arkansas 34-12, 15-7 SEC; Mississippi State 24-21, 6-16 SEC

LAST 10 Arkansas 5-5; Mississippi State 4-6

STREAK Arkansas won 1; Mississippi State lost 4

COACHES Arkansas: Dave Van Horn — 830-435 in 21st season at Arkansas and 1,150-594 in 29th season overall in Division I; Mississippi State: Chris Lemonis — 164-88 in fifth season at Mississippi State and 305-179-2 in ninth season overall.

SERIES Tied 57-57

LAST MEETING Arkansas defeated Mississippi State 6-2 on Friday in Starkville, Miss.

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 Blackouts may apply.

RADIO ANNOUNCER Phil Elson (play-by-play)

TELEVISION The game will be televised by ESPN2 and can be accessed on and via the ESPN app (carrier login required).

TV ANNOUNCERS Mike Ferrin (play-by-play) and Lance Cormier (analyst)

PITCHING MATCHUP Arkansas RHP Brady Tygart (1-0, 4.91 ERA, 1.09 WHIP in 7 1/3 innings) vs. Mississippi State TBA

FORECAST According to the National Weather Service, Saturday will be mostly cloudy with a high of 85 degrees and a low of 66 degrees in Starkville, Miss. There is a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7 p.m. Southeast winds could gust to 10 mph.


ERA: Arkansas 5.00; Mississippi State 6.60

Runs Scored Per Game: Arkansas 7.87; Mississippi State 7.56

Batting Average: Arkansas .281; Mississippi State .285

Opponent Batting Average: Arkansas .263; Mississippi State .262

Slugging Percentage: Arkansas .484; Mississippi State .505

On-Base Percentage: Arkansas .398; Mississippi State .401

Fielding Percentage: Arkansas .979; Mississippi State .964

NOTABLE Arkansas is No. 6 in the USA Today Baseball Coaches Poll, which is the poll of record for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette….The Razorbacks will be without starting outfielders Tavian Josenberger (hamstring strain) and Jared Wegner (broken thumb), and likely will be without starting second baseman Peyton Stovall (shoulder) during the series....Mississippi State coach Chris Lemonis fired his pitching coach, Scott Foxhall, on Monday. The Bulldogs entered the series ranked last in the SEC with a 6.62 ERA. Mississippi State's SEC-only ERA was 9.82.....Arkansas has won its last three series against Mississippi State and has not lost a series against the Bulldogs since 2018....Mississippi State's Hunter Hines has hit 21 home runs, which was tied for third nationally going into the series....The Bulldogs are 15-10 at Dudy Noble Field. The Razorbacks are 6-9 away from home, but 4-7 in true road games. Arkansas had lost four consecutive road games prior to Friday's game.


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