FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — They may not be Southwest Conference foes anymore, but Arkansas-Texas still carries some cachet.
Diamond Hogs fans had a chance to glow first after Arkansas’ 13-4 win on Tuesday night at Baum Stadium. The two teams will meet for one more Wednesday evening to finish out the short set before the Razorbacks begin SEC play.
Here is the information for that game. You can also find a recap of what transpired Tuesday below.
Arkansas baseball vs. Texas series information
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 — Arkansas 13, Texas 4
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 — 4 p.m. CT
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 — Arkansas TBA vs. Texas RHP Nico O’Donnell (2.13 ERA, 1-0, 11 Ks, 7 BBs)
How can I watch?
The game can be seen on SEC Network+ and WatchESPN.
Who is calling the Arkansas game?
Brett Dolan has the TV play-by-play with Troy Eklund as analyst on Wednesday. Phil Elson and Bubba Carpenter will have the radio call on the IMG Sports Network.
SEC play begins this weekend and, boy, does it start heavy. The Razorbacks host Kentucky, No. 4 in the nation and No. 1 in the weekly SEC Country Power Poll, for a three-game set starting Friday.
Recap from Tuesday
The cure for Arkansas’ shy bats? Texas pitching.
Game 1 of a two-game set was a good, old-fashioned whipping. The Razorbacks were on the preferred end, as far as the partial Baum Stadium crowd was concerned, of a 13-4 score. For one night, anyway, Arkansas had the best of its old Southwest Conference rival.
Most importantly for Arkansas’ prospects in 2018, its hitting impressed against a quality team.
That had been the big knock — pardon the pun — against the Diamond Hogs this season. Nitpicky, maybe, but Arkansas is averaging fewer than five runs a game against teams with RPIs in the top 100. Not terrible, but also not the stuff top 5, top 10 teams in the country are made of.
Seven runs in the third inning. Four runs in the fifth. More than enough to dispatch the struggling Longhorns, who are now just a game over .500 (9-8). Every single Arkansas starter reached base. All but one of them scored. The quality came throughout the lineup, from top to the bottom.
Most impressive of them was first baseman Jordan McFarland, who may have just put his stamp on the permanent (or semi-permanent) first base duties. He went 2 of 4 with a double, 4 RBI and 2 runs. The game was only his second straight start and fourth of the season. McFarland had been, for the most part, second fiddle to Jared Gates.
A 2-home run, 5-RBI performance against Kent State on Sunday earned him the nod Tuesday. Odds are, after the game against the Longhorns, McFarland will earn regular starting gigs going forward.
Kacey Murphy did his part on the other side. The Arkansas left-hander was good, if unspectacular. He went six innings, giving up 5 hits and didn’t walk a soul. Murphy had been a weekend starter until Kent State. With him pitching Tuesday, however, it doesn’t mean he can’t pitch again Sunday when Arkansas opens SEC play against Kentucky.
The third was the Benny Hill-like inning for Texas. Arkansas plated its seven runs on four hits and two Longhorns errors. One of those hits should have been an error, but the Texas fielder misplayed the ball so badly it never touched him, ergo no error.