FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — What is left to say? Arkansas baseball is doing exactly what was projected. Now comes the final step on a season-long journey.
The Razorbacks and South Carolina get underway Saturday night from Baum Stadium in the first game of a best-of-3 set in the Fayetteville Super Regional. The winner advances to the College World Series. The other team sees its season end. Simple.
In theory it’s simple, anyway. South Carolina is the only SEC team this year that has beaten Arkansas at Baum Stadium. The Gamecocks are one of only three teams to do that, actually. And while that suggests Arkansas should win the series — the Razorbacks have won nearly 90 percent of their games at home this year — the fact South Carolina has done it and has reached this stage means it isn’t going to be an easy opponent.
Blaine Knight will be tasked with the Game 1 start to help Arkansas. Kacey Murphy almost definitely will go in Game 2. Then, if it comes to it, the Game 3 starter will be determined later. A lot depends on the bullpen usage in the first two games.
The best news for Arkansas is the last time South Carolina was in town, the Gamecocks managed a total of three runs in three games. They’ll be facing those same pitchers, too.
Arkansas baseball vs. South Carolina game information
- Saturday, June 8, 2018 — 5:30 p.m. CT
- Sunday, June 9, 2018 – 2 p.m. CT
- Monday, June 10, 2018 (if necessary) – 6 p.m. CT
How can I watch?
Game 1 is on ESPN2. Game 2 is on ESPN. The finale, if it comes to that, would be on ESPN, as well.
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 prepare for Omaha, Neb., and the College World Series. If they lose, the season is over.