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. South Carolina Game 2: How to watch and listen, pitching matchup, forecast, team comparisons
Arkansas pitcher Brady Tygart throws during a game against Texas A&M on Friday, April 28, 2023, in Fayetteville.
SCHEDULED GAME TIME Saturday, 6:45 p.m.
WHERE Baum-Walker Stadium (11,531) in Fayetteville
RECORDS Arkansas 37-12, 18-7 SEC; South Carolina 36-13, 14-10 SEC
LAST 10 Arkansas 7-3; South Carolina 3-7
STREAK Arkansas won 4; South Carolina lost 5
COACHES Arkansas: Dave Van Horn — 833-435 in 21st season at Arkansas and 1,153-594 in 29th season overall in Division I; South Carolina: Mark Kingston — 174-122 in sixth season at South Carolina and 447-302-1 in 14th season overall.
SERIES Arkansas leads 45-35
LAST MEETING Arkansas defeated South Carolina 4-1 on Friday in Fayetteville.
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 SEC Network-Plus and can be accessed on WatchESPN.com and via the ESPN app (carrier login required).
TV ANNOUNCERS Brett Dolan (play-by-play) and Troy Eklund (analyst)
PITCHING MATCHUP Arkansas RHP Brady Tygart (2-0, 3.86 ERA, 0.96 WHIP in 9 1/3 innings) vs. South Carolina RHP Jack Mahoney (4-2, 4.42 ERA, 1.44 WHIP in 57 innings)
FORECAST According to the National Weather Service, Saturday will be mostly cloudy with a high of 84 degrees and a low of 65 degrees in Fayetteville. There is a 20% chance of rain during night-time hours. South winds will blow around 5 mph.
ERA: Arkansas 4.90; South Carolina 3.96
Runs Scored Per Game: Arkansas 7.98; South Carolina 8.45
Batting Average: Arkansas .282; South Carolina .283
Opponent Batting Average: Arkansas .260; South Carolina .239
Slugging Percentage: Arkansas .488; South Carolina .534
On-Base Percentage: Arkansas .400; South Carolina .423
Fielding Percentage: Arkansas .979; South Carolina .971
NOTABLE The start time for the game was delayed 45 minutes due to weather....Arkansas is No. 3 and South Carolina is No. 7 in the USA Today Baseball Coaches Poll, which is the poll of record for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette….The Razorbacks lead LSU by one-half game for the best record in the SEC and SEC West....South Carolina is 2 1/2 games behind Vanderbilt in the SEC East....South Carolina right fielder Ethan Petry is the frontrunner to be national freshman of the year. Petry entered the series batting .395 with 21 home runs and 68 RBI....The Gamecocks are playing at Arkansas for the first time since the 2018 NCAA Fayetteville Super Regional. The Razorbacks won two of three games to win that super regional....Arkansas is 29-3 at Baum-Walker Stadium. South Carolina is 9-9 in road games....The Gamecocks were swept last week at Kentucky for their second consecutive series loss. South Carolina also lost 8-5 at home to North Florida on Tuesday....South Carolina right-hander James Hicks is a native Arkansan and graduate of Conway High School.
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