FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Arkansas baseball team takes a short break from SEC play to host Grand Canyon for a two-game set at Baum Stadium on Wednesday.
The two teams are scheduled to play a doubleheader after severe weather postponed the first game Tuesday. Arkansas had a 2-0 lead through 1 1/2 innings before the game was pushed back. They’ll pick back up Tuesday at 2 p.m. with the same score, outfielder Luke Bonfield at-bat with the bases loaded and one out. The second game will follow shortly after.
The Razorbacks (21-6), who sit tied atop the SEC West standings, are coming off a two-of-three series win against Alabama this past weekend. Their next SEC series comes this weekend against LSU. Grand Canyon provides a sharper test than you might think in preparation for the Tigers.
The Antelopes (12-14) currently lead the Western Athletic Conference with a perfect 6-0 record. Problem is: Grand Canyon can’t qualify for the WAC postseason tournament or the NCAA Tournament. The baseball team is in the midst of a four-year transition from Division II. The Antelopes don’t become eligible for the postseason until next year.
They’d probably make it now if they were allowed. Coach Andy Stankiewicz’s team is not only perfect in conference play, but the Antelopes beat Oklahoma State twice in a three-game set earlier this season as well. On top of that, Grand Canyon lost to in-state foe Arizona — a team that handled Arkansas — by just a run last week.
Arkansas boss Dave Van Horn will started sophomore Barrett Loseke on Tuesday and he’ll go with Kacey Murphy on Wednesday against the visitors. Loseke is a regular out of Van Horn’s bullpen on the weekend and Murphy is about to establish himself as such an option, too.
The Razorbacks will also seek to continue their power surge. Arkansas leads the SEC in home runs with 37 in 27 games.
The series largely won’t hold any sway on Arkansas’ postseason chances or odds, but it’s a continued test for a team that now has sights on a potential SEC title.
Arkansas baseball vs. Grand Canyon game information
Game 1 continuation: 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 5
Game 2: Thirty minutes after the conclusion of Game 1
How can I watch?
Both games are available on SEC Network+. Fans can watch via WatchESPN or the WatchESPN app.
Who is calling the Arkansas game?
Alex Perlman handles the play-by-play and Troy Eklund will be the analyst.
Arkansas baseball vs. Grand Canyon score updates, stats
Follow along with live game stats here at game time.
Arkansas baseball schedule
April 5: vs. Grand Canyon
April 5: vs. Grand Canyon
April 7-9: vs. LSU
April 11: @ Missouri State
April 13-15: vs. Georgia
April 18-19: @ Memphis
April 21-23: @ Auburn
April 25: vs. Kansas State (Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City)
April 27-29: vs. Ole Miss
May 4-6: @ Tennessee
May 12-14: vs. Vanderbilt
May 18-20: @ Texas A&M
May 23-28: SEC tournament
June 2-5: NCAA regionals
June 9-12: NCAA super regionals
June 17-29: College World Series