FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The naysayers think Arkansas needs to win the series against Georgia in the regular-season finale to seal up a top-8 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Others claim just one win should do it. Some even think the Razorbacks could be swept and land that coveted top-8 seed, as long as they have a decent showing at the SEC Tournament next week.
Really, though, the safest way to ensure Arkansas would host in the NCAAs through the Super Regional round —if it were to win the Fayetteville Regional in the first place — is to simply win the thing in Athens.
That’s easier said than done, which is why those naysayers bring it up in the first place. For all the good things Arkansas has done at home at Baum Stadium, the road has been equally unkind. The Razorbacks haven’t won a single road series in the SEC this year. Not one. It would be unheard of for Arkansas to go 0-5 on the road in league play and be a top-8 national seed.
Arkansas may have to try getting the win without two regular starters. Shortstop Jax Biggers missed most of last weekend after a finger fracture. Catcher Grant Koch has a modest ankle injury. The earliest he may be available is for the finale Saturday, if that.
Watch closely, Arkansas fans. This may be the determinant.
Arkansas baseball at Georgia series information
- Friday, May 17, 2018 — 6 p.m. CT
- Saturday, May 18, 2018 — 6 p.m. CT
- Sunday, May 19, 2018 — 11 a.m. CT
How can I watch?
The first two games are only on SEC Network+. Game 3 can be seen on SEC Network.
Who is calling the Arkansas games?
Phil Elson and Bubba Carpenter will provide the radio broadcasts on the Razorback Sports Network on IMG for radio, per usual.
The SEC Tournament starts Tuesday. If Arkansas gets a top-4 seed, which it will do with just one win this series, it won’t play until Wednesday.