FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The odds are long Arkansas and Texas Tech get in the second game of their scheduled two-game series.
Rain is in the forecast most of Wednesday. With first pitch scheduled at 6 p.m. CT and the game on over-the-air television, it can’t be moved up in the day. If the coaches for the teams don’t figure they will be able to finish the game at a reasonable hour, they won’t bother starting it.
Stranger things have happened, though. It’s hard to say which would be better for Arkansas. The Razorbacks looked rather good in beating Texas Tech on Tuesday. Should they be satisfied with a win over the fourth-ranked team in the nation and move on?
The game is set to be Arkansas’ annual Bark in the Park game. Fair warning or reminder, depending on your preference for pooches.
Arkansas baseball vs. Texas Tech series information
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 — Arkansas 5, Texas Tech 1
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 — 6 p.m. CT
How can I watch?
The game Wednesday can be seen on over-the-air television, SEC Network.
Who is calling the Arkansas game?
Phil Elson and Bubba Carpenter will provide the radio broadcasts on the Razorback Sports Network on IMG for radio, per usual.
Back to SEC play on the weekend. Arkansas hosts Alabama for three games at Baum Stadium starting Friday night.
Probably should not have needed evidence, but for those who did, take a look at Arkansas baseball Tuesday night.
The Diamond Hogs, straight off a three-game sweep at the hands of Mississippi State in Starkville, dispatched the No. 4 team in the nation, 5-1.
Yeah, Dave Van Horn’s team is still good.
Arkansas jumped ahead early, scoring 5 runs in the first two innings. When the hitting looked strong again to begin the third inning, Texas Tech yanked starter Ryan Sublette. All Arkansas starter Jackson Rutledge and his bullpen needed to do was hold the fort.
They did so just fine. Rutledge, Evan Lee and Barrett Loseke combined to give up the 1 run on 4 hits and 3 walks. They struck out 17 among them, too.
Really, it was the most impressive part of the night, not the hitting. Sublette entered the game with a 8.62 earned run average in five starts. He isn’t exactly ace material. On top of that, Arkansas managed just 3 hits against the rest of the Texas Tech pitching staff, which included more regulars. Arkansas pitching, however, kept Tech’s regular lineup from doing much at all. Josh Jung and Grant Little both entered with batting averages above .400. The two went a combined 1 of 7 on Tuesday.
Most importantly for Arkansas, the victory snaps a three-game losing streak. Had it stretched to five games ahead of Arkansas’ set with Alabama on the weekend, the Razorbacks would have almost definitely required a sweep to avoid dropping in the national polls again. Polls don’t mean a lot, technically, but the more teams ahead of the Diamond Hogs, the harder it will be to host a regional and potentially a Super Regional come NCAA Tournament time.
Grading the Hogs
It wasn’t actually perfect, but given who pitched and the lineup they went up against, may as well have been.
Arkansas was helped by 4 Texas Tech errors. Still the Diamond Hogs had 10 hits, 4 walks and had a batter who was hit by a pitch.
The Big Stick + The Arm
He was perfect, actually. Loseke entered in the fifth inning for Lee and retired all 13 batters he faced. Ten of them were dispatched by strikeout.
Stick: Luke Bonfield
The senior was slumping a bit entering Tuesday. Bonfield reached three times against Texas Tech, with 2 hits and a walk.