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 2: How to watch and listen, pitching matchup, forecast, team comparisons
Arkansas third baseman Caleb Cali bats during a game against Vanderbilt on Thursday, May 18, 2023, in Nashville, Tenn.
SCHEDULED GAME TIME Friday, 7 p.m.
WHERE Hawkins Field (3,700) in Nashville, Tenn.
RECORDS Arkansas 39-13, 20-8 SEC; Vanderbilt 35-17, 17-11 SEC
LAST 10 Arkansas 8-2; Vanderbilt 4-6
STREAK Arkansas won 2; Vanderbilt lost 4
COACHES Arkansas: Dave Van Horn — 835-436 in 21st season at Arkansas and 1,155-595 in 29th season overall in Division I; Vanderbilt: Tim Corbin — 876-417-1 in 21st season at Vanderbilt and overall in Division I.
SERIES Arkansas leads 35-31
LAST MEETING Arkansas defeated Vanderbilt 8-2 on Thursday in Nashville, Tenn.
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 RHP Brady Tygart (2-0, 2.92 ERA, 0.81 WHIP in 12 1/3 innings) vs. Vanderbilt LHP Devin Futrell (6-3, 2.93 ERA, 1.14 WHIP in 67 2/3 innings)
FORECAST According to the National Weather Service, Friday will be cloudy with a high of 79 degrees and a low of 64 degrees in Nashville. There is a 70% chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight.
ERA: Arkansas 4.72; Vanderbilt 4.23
Runs Scored Per Game: Arkansas 7.79; Vanderbilt 6.96
Batting Average: Arkansas .279; Vanderbilt .273
Opponent Batting Average: Arkansas .256; Vanderbilt .216
Slugging Percentage: Arkansas .480; Vanderbilt .444
On-Base Percentage: Arkansas .396; Vanderbilt .378
Fielding Percentage: Arkansas .980; Vanderbilt .981
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 Florida in the SEC East and has been eliminated from contention for the conference title....Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn and Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin will coach their 47th game against each other Friday. Corbin leads the head-to-head series 24-22. The coaches entered the SEC together in 2003....Vanderbilt is 23-6 at Hawkins Field. Arkansas is 9-9 away from Baum-Walker Stadium, including 7-7 in true road games....Arkansas left fielder Jared Wegner returned to the lineup Thursday 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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