FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Arkansas baseball team gets a pair of nonconference games with Memphis this week for further sharpening between SEC weekends.
The Diamond Hogs (29-8 overall) may not want the break the way they’ve been playing. Dave Van Horn’s team is alone in first place halfway through SEC play. Arkansas, 11-4 in conference action, is a game up on 3 teams — Auburn, Mississippi State and Kentucky. It heads to Auburn this weekend for a big 3-game set.
That’s why Memphis looms as a nice little warm-up.
Memphis isn’t very good. In the 8-team American Athletic Conference, it’s in seventh place. That said, the Tigers do own wins against Ole Miss and Tennessee. Two more against Missouri State as well. Memphis is the sort of team that’s capable of pulling off an upset, but a well-played game from Arkansas should be plenty enough to mark the win column.
Van Horn said Monday he will start sophomore Barrett Loseke on Tuesday. Loseke has been solid, mostly working out of the bullpen. The right-hander has a 2.95 earned-run average in 21 1/3 innings. Opponents are batting just .208 against him, too. His catch is the walks. He has 12 of them, the highest rate per nine innings on the roster.
But with the recent struggles of Josh Alberius as the Sunday starter, Van Horn outright said that Tuesday would be something of an audition for Loseke. Loseke pitches well, he could be taking over that job sooner rather than later.
Beyond that, the games against Memphis are mostly “don’t get anyone hurt” games. Wins would be nice, but when leading the SEC, Arkansas’ résumé is already plenty strong.
Game 1 is Tuesday night in Fayetteville. Game 2 will be the Razorbacks’ annual trek to central Arkansas, at Dickey-Stephens Park on Wednesday night.
Arkansas baseball vs. Memphis game information
Tuesday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Baum Stadium
Wednesday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock
How can I watch?
The game is available on SEC Network+. Fans can watch via WatchESPN or the WatchESPN app.
Note: As of Monday night, Wednesday’s game will not be available on television or online.
Who is calling the Arkansas game?
Alex Perlman handles the play-by-play and Troy Eklund will be the analyst.
Arkansas baseball vs. Memphis score updates, stats
Follow along with live game stats here at game time.
Arkansas baseball schedule
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