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. Vanderbilt Game 1: How to watch and listen, pitching matchup, forecast, team comparisons
Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin gives signals during an NCAA college baseball super regional game against East Carolina Saturday, June 12, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
SCHEDULED GAME TIME Thursday, 6 p.m.
WHERE Hawkins Field (3,700) in Nashville, Tenn.
RECORDS Arkansas 38-13, 19-8 SEC; Vanderbilt 35-16, 17-10 SEC
LAST 10 Arkansas 8-2; Vanderbilt 5-5
STREAK Arkansas won 1; Vanderbilt lost 3
COACHES Arkansas: Dave Van Horn — 834-436 in 21st season at Arkansas and 1,154-595 in 29th season overall in Division I; Vanderbilt: Tim Corbin — 876-416-1 in 21st season at Vanderbilt and overall in Division I.
SERIES Arkansas leads 34-31
LAST MEETING Vanderbilt defeated Arkansas 5-0 in seven innings to win a series Sunday, May 15, 2022, 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 ANNOUNCER Phil Elson (play-by-play)
TELEVISION The game will be televised by SEC Network and can be accessed on WatchESPN.com and via the ESPN app (carrier login required).
TV ANNOUNCERS Tom Hart (play-by-play) and Chris Burke (analyst)
PITCHING MATCHUP Arkansas LHP Hagen Smith (7-1, 2.47 ERA, 1.23 WHIP in 58 1/3 innings) vs. Vanderbilt RHP Patrick Reilly (3-2, 6.43 ERA, 1.54 WHIP in 35 innings)
FORECAST According to the National Weather Service, Thursday will be mostly clear with a high of 79 degrees and a low of 59 degrees in Nashville. Southeast winds will blow at around 5 mph. There is a 30% chance of showers, mainly after 1 a.m.
ERA: Arkansas 4.78; Vanderbilt 4.27
Runs Scored Per Game: Arkansas 7.78; Vanderbilt 7.06
Batting Average: Arkansas .280; Vanderbilt .274
Opponent Batting Average: Arkansas .257; Vanderbilt .216
Slugging Percentage: Arkansas .483; Vanderbilt .449
On-Base Percentage: Arkansas .396; Vanderbilt .380
Fielding Percentage: Arkansas .979; Vanderbilt .982
NOTABLE Arkansas is No. 2 and Vanderbilt is No. 6 in the USA Today Baseball Coaches Poll, which is the poll of record for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette….The Razorbacks lead Florida by one game for the best record in the SEC and lead LSU by 1 1/2 games for the best record in the SEC West....Vanderbilt is two games behind Arkansas in the SEC standings and one game behind Florida in the SEC East....Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn and Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin will coach their 46th game against each other Thursday. Corbin leads the head-to-head series 24-21. The coaches entered the SEC together in 2003....Vanderbilt is 23-5 at Hawkins Field. Arkansas is 8-9 away from Baum-Walker Stadium, including 6-7 in true road games....Arkansas left fielder Jared Wegner is expected to return to the lineup for the first time since he broke his left thumb during an April 11 game against Arkansas-Little Rock. Wegner was batting .351 with 12 home runs and 44 RBI at the time of his injury....Vanderbilt will be without its No. 1 starter, left-hander Carter Holton, for the series. The status of another Commodores starter, left-hander Hunter Owen, is undetermined....Arkansas second baseman Peyton Stovall is out for the season with a torn labrum.
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