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Heston Kjerstad (right) and Eric Cole have had good starts to the College World Series.

Answering 2 key questions entering Arkansas’ matchup vs. Texas Tech

Eric Bolin
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Question of the Day: Monday, June 18, 2018

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A couple questions here as baseball is top of mind for just about every Arkansas fan. The second part of William’s tweet is direct, easy to answer.

Seeding in the College World Series doesn’t change from the original. In theory, Arkansas, the 5-seed, would have played 12-seed East Carolina in the Super Regional round. Same holds for the other Regionals and Supers. But if the higher seeded team didn’t make it that far, then lesser teams can get in. That’s what happened on the other side of the bracket, where Mississippi State and Washington are far less intimidating than Florida, Texas Tech or Texas on Arkansas’ side. And because the NCAA doesn’t re-seed teams once they arrive in Omaha, Neb., some funky matchups can result.

As far as the game with Texas Tech on Tuesday, no reason for the Razorbacks to be intimidated. Arkansas has looked like the best team in the country practically the entire tournament. Considering Arkansas beat the Red Raiders earlier this season, too, there is no fear there, either. Previous results don’t mean a whole heck of a lot after the first pitch, but they do show a team is more than capable of beating another.

Arkansas will be the favorite to many come Tuesday night. The Diamond Hogs have the best lineup in the winners bracket, and coach Dave Van Horn still has Kacey Murphy, Jake Reindl and Matt Cronin — three of his four best arms on the pitching staff — who have yet to throw in the College World Series.

Texas Tech is good, no doubt. The Red Raiders aren’t a team that is simply happy to be in Omaha. But so many things are pointing Arkansas’ way, it’s hard to pick against the Hogs.