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 3: How to watch and listen, pitching matchup, forecast, team comparisons
Arkansas starter Hunter Hollan throws late to first base Thursday, April 27, 2023, after fielding a ball hit by Texas A&M center fielder Jordan Thompson during the third inning of play at Baum-Walker Stadium in Fayetteville.
SCHEDULED GAME TIME Sunday, 2 p.m.
WHERE Baum-Walker Stadium (11,531) in Fayetteville
RECORDS Arkansas 37-13, 18-8 SEC; South Carolina 37-13, 15-10 SEC
LAST 10 Arkansas 7-3; South Carolina 3-7
STREAK Arkansas lost 1; South Carolina won 1
COACHES Arkansas: Dave Van Horn — 833-436 in 21st season at Arkansas and 1,153-595 in 29th season overall in Division I; South Carolina: Mark Kingston — 175-122 in sixth season at South Carolina and 448-302-1 in 14th season overall.
SERIES Arkansas leads 45-36
LAST MEETING South Carolina defeated Arkansas 3-1 on Saturday 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 LHP Hunter Hollan (6-2, 4.15 ERA, 1.40 WHIP in 60 2/3 innings) vs. South Carolina LHP Matthew Becker (4-1, 4.46 ERA, 1.38 WHIP in 38 1/3 innings)
FORECAST According to the National Weather Service, Sunday will be mostly sunny with a high of 84 degrees in Fayetteville. There is a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1 p.m. South winds will blow around 5 mph.
ERA: Arkansas 4.86; South Carolina 3.90
Runs Scored Per Game: Arkansas 7.84; South Carolina 8.34
Batting Average: Arkansas .280; South Carolina .281
Opponent Batting Average: Arkansas .259; South Carolina .238
Slugging Percentage: Arkansas .483; South Carolina .527
On-Base Percentage: Arkansas .398; South Carolina .420
Fielding Percentage: Arkansas .979; South Carolina .971
NOTABLE 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 1 1/2 games behind Vanderbilt and Florida 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 29-4 at Baum-Walker Stadium. South Carolina is 10-9 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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