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. LSU at the SEC Tournament: How to watch and listen, pitching matchup, forecast, team comparisons
Arkansas players stand in the dugout prior to a game against Texas A&M on Wednesday, May 24, 2023, at the SEC Tournament in Hoover, Ala.
SCHEDULED GAME TIME Thursday, 4:30 p.m.
WHERE Hoover Metropolitan Stadium (10,800) in Hoover, Ala.
RECORDS Arkansas 40-15; LSU 43-13
LAST 10 Arkansas 7-3; LSU 6-4
STREAK Arkansas won 1; LSU won 1
COACHES Arkansas: Dave Van Horn — 836-438 in 21st season at Arkansas and 1,156-597 in 29th season overall in Division I; LSU: Jay Johnson — 83-35 in second season at LSU and 363-191 in 10th season overall in Division I.
SERIES LSU leads 77-40
LAST MEETING LSU defeated Arkansas 14-5 on March 25 to sweep a doubleheader in Baton Rouge, La.
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 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 (8-1, 2.56 ERA, 1.25 WHIP in 63 1/3 innings) vs. LSU RHP Paul Skenes (10-1, 1.77 ERA, 0.75 WHIP in 86 2/3 innings)
FORECAST According to the National Weather Service, Thursday will be sunny with a high of 85 degrees in Hoover, Ala.
ERA: Arkansas 4.87; LSU 4.67
Runs Scored Per Game: Arkansas 7.73; LSU 9.50
Batting Average: Arkansas .278; LSU .311
Opponent Batting Average: Arkansas .256; LSU .225
Slugging Percentage: Arkansas .476; LSU .566
On-Base Percentage: Arkansas .395; LSU .440
Fielding Percentage: Arkansas .980; LSU .975
NOTABLE LSU is No. 3 and Arkansas is No. 4 in the USA Today Baseball Coaches Poll, which is the poll of record for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette….Arkansas is the No. 2 seed and LSU is the No. 3 seed at the SEC Tournament, which is based on their regular-season SEC records. Arkansas finished one-half game ahead of LSU to win the SEC West and tie Florida for the conference championship....Neither team can be eliminated with a loss Thursday, which is part of double-elimination play at the SEC Tournament. The winner will advance to the tournament semifinal round that will be played Saturday. The loser will play Texas A&M in an elimination game Friday....LSU defeated South Carolina 10-3 on Wednesday at the SEC Tournament....Arkansas defeated LSU 9-3 in 10 innings on March 24 in the first game of their regular-season series. The Tigers swept a March 25 doubleheader by scores of 12-2 in 7 innings and 14-5 in 9 innings....LSU right-hander Paul Skenes was the SEC pitcher of the year and center fielder Dylan Crews was the SEC player of the year. Crews and Skenes are expected to be the first two picks in this year's MLB Draft.
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