The Grambling State Tigers are unfortunately the next opponent to face the red hot Razorbacks who are fresh off their second consecutive SEC series sweep. Tennessee this past week put up a great fight in games one and three and kept the series close and entertaining. It really took a comeback in the bottom of the ninth led by true freshman, Christian Franklin, and his home run to tie the game. Casey Opitz with another walk-off in game three against the Volunteers was similar to last weekend against Mississippi State. Arkansas is making strides in the right direction, moving into the top five in the D1Baseball.com rankings and had the top attendance by a large margin this weekend. Razorback Baseball is hot right now and no one will stop them.
Central Arkansas shows up well when successful Hogs come to town and especially when baseball is really good. Expect Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock to be packed tonight for this one. Could history repeat itself though? Grambling led the Hogs 6-3 in the eighth inning last season in Little Rock. With four runs in the bottom of the eighth, the Razorbacks overcame the deficit to defeat the Tigers 7-6 while ranked second in the country.
Razorback pitcher, Connor Noland, snubbed from gaining back-to-back SEC freshman of the week. Just take a look at the numbers put up by the actual freshman of the week and Noland and let you decide who put up a better performance.
Nikhazy 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K
Noland 7.0 IP, 2 H, 1R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K
Yeah, I would have voted Noland if I had the chance.
As for television broadcasting of the ball game, there is none. You can only listen to the game by the best baseball radio broadcast man in the business in Phil Elson with Bubba Carpenter beside him probably wearing his lucky socks. It all starts at 6:30 tonight as the Hogs (34-10) take on the Tigers (23-20). Call those Hogs loud tonight, central Arkansas!