Mountain West Conference baseball is only a one-bid league, but the winner from the conference can pull an upset or two in the NCAA Tournament in June.
Arkansas gets one of the best teams in the MWC on Saturday in the Tony Gwynn Classic. San Diego State, the host team, was coached by Gwynn for 12 seasons. The Aztecs have made the NCAA Tournament four of the last five years.
San Diego State, like the Diamond Hogs, is coming off a loss. Both teams were just dealt their first defeat of the season. Arkansas fell in the opener of the Classic on Friday to Cal Poly, 4-3. San Diego State lost to cross-city opponent San Diego University on Tuesday. Arkansas finishes the Classic on Sunday against those Torreros.
The Aztecs are picked to finish second in the Mountain West this year, but did pick up a couple of first-place votes in the preseason poll. Coach Mike Martinez has typically made SDSU into a power in recent years with pitching. Arkansas, which has only scored 4 runs its last two games after scoring 51 in its season-opening series against Bucknell, could have issues.
Still, the Razorbacks would be considered the favorite. Even with Friday’s loss, the Hogs don’t figure to drop significantly in the polls come Monday. They probably don’t need another, though.
Arkansas baseball vs. San Diego State series information
Arkansas gets San Diego State, the de facto host of the Tony Gwynn Classic, for a one-off game in the three-game trip as part of the tournament.
- Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 — 9 p.m. ET from San Diego, Calif.
How can I watch?
The game is available on Cox Sports Television.
Who is calling the Arkansas game?
Brett Dolan has the TV play-by-play with Troy Eklund as analyst. Scott Inman has the call on radio.
The Tony Gwynn Classic finishes on Sunday. Arkansas plays San Diego, from the West Coast Conference, to cap the trip.