So far in Arkansas baseball history, the Diamond Hogs have been to the College World Series nine times. Texas, the Razorbacks’ opponent on Sunday, has been 36 times, the most in college baseball history.
It doesn’t matter a lick, and it specially doesn’t matter when that opponent is Texas. Arkansas versus Texas is sacrosanct. Where each of them stand in a given season is irrelevant to the Razorbacks faithful. Few other schools in the country dislike Texas the way Arkansas does.
Considering, too, Arkansas has already had its way with the Longhorns twice this year and TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., isn’t just going to have Hogs fans, it’s going to have confident Hogs fans.
Never mind the players. Dave Van Horn’s bunch beat Texas in both games at Baum Stadium earlier this year, winning 13-4 and 7-5. Arkansas’ lineup is mostly the same — Jared Gates has replaced Jordan McFarland at first base — from those two games, too.
But those were also midweek nonconference tilts in March. Not exactly hardcore. And Texas is a different team now than after they left Fayetteville just a game above .500. The Longhorns faced Kacey Murphy and Hunter Milligan, neither of whom will pitch Sunday. They also put a hurting on Barrett Loseke and Jake Reindl in one of those games. Loseke and Reindl, at least one of them, will almost certainly be called on Sunday, considering they are two of Arkansas’ three best relievers.
That is unless Blaine Knight, a third-round MLB draft choice and second-team All-SEC selection, manages to go the distance. Much easier said than done, of course, but Knight made waves this week in Omaha by remarking how unafraid he is of Texas.
If the Razorbacks win, it would lift Arkansas to the second round. The Diamond Hogs would then face the winner of Texas Tech/Florida, which follows Hogs/Horns. That game would be Tuesday. If the Razorbacks lose, they are one more defeat from elimination. They would get the loser of the Texas Tech/Florida game.
Arkansas baseball vs. Texas game information
- Sunday, June 16 — 1 p.m. CT
How can I watch?
The game will be televised on ESPN.
Who is calling the Arkansas games?
Phil Elson and Bubba Carpenter will provide the radio broadcasts on the Razorback Sports Network from IMG.
If Arkansas wins, the Razorbacks will play the Texas Tech-Florida winner on Tuesday. If they lose, they will play the Texas Tech-Florida loser on Tuesday in an elimination game.