FAYETTEVILLE (ArkansasRazorbacks.com) - The Arkansas baseball team gets set for its biggest series of the season Thursday-Saturday, playing host to top-ranked South Carolina in a key SEC matchup at Baum Stadium.
Thursday's game will featured as the SEC game of the week on ESPNU, ESPN3 and WatchESPN, as Dave Neal, Kyle Peterson and Chris Burke will have the call from Baum Stadium. Friday will be broadcasted on RazorVision and Saturday will televised on Cox Sports Television.
All three games will be broadcasted on the Razorback Radio Network from IMG College with Chuck Barrett providing the play-by-play.
Thursday (7:00p): SC - LHP Jordan Montgomery vs. ARK - RHP Trey Killian
Friday (6:35p): SC - LHP Jack Wynkoop vs. ARK - LHP Jalen Beeks
Saturday (6:00p): SC - RHP Wil Crowe vs. ARK - RHP Chris Oliver
Thursday: First 1,000 fans get a Throwback replica shirt jersey (modeled after our throwback jerseys)
Friday: New Women's Basketball Coach Jimmy Dykes will throw out the first pitch
Saturday: Tusk will be at the game
Arkansas leads the all-time series with South Carolina 35-28, including a three-game sweep of the Gamecocks in Columbia last year. The Razorbacks are 16-9 against South Carolina in Fayetteville, but have lost five of their last six games against the Gamecocks in Baum Stadium.
THIS DATE IN HISTORY
The Razorbacks are 58-43 all-time on April 3-5, including an 11-1 record at home on April 3. Arkansas is 536-359 all-time during the month of April and the Razorbacks have never had a losing record in April since Van Horn took over the program in 2003.
LEGENDARY PITCHING STAFF
The Arkansas pitching staff is putting together one of the most dominant seasons in program history in 2014, amassing a 2.35 earned run average through the first 29 games. The six shutouts already rank in the top 10 for a single season, with the record being set with 13 shutouts in 51 games during the 1977 season. The 2.35 ERA currently ranks second in program history, sitting only behind a 1.89 ERA in 61 games last season.
ARKANSAS "WEARING" PITCHES
The Razorbacks have been hit by 58 pitches so far this season, surpassing last year's total of 36 HBP in 61 games and leading the SEC. This year, Arkansas has been hit by a pitch in 15 straight games and in 26 of 29 games, including multiple hit by pitches in 17 games. Arkansas was hit a season-high six times in the final game vs. Appalachian State and wore nine hit by pitches during the two-game series vs. Grambling State. The single-season school record for hit by pitches is 107 in 64 games in 2007, an average of 1.67 HBP per game.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
• The Razorbacks have won at least one game in 20 straight SEC series dating back to the 2012 season, currently the second-longest streak in the league behind Vanderbilt at 22.
• South Carolina is ranked No. 1 by Collegiate Baseball, No. 2 by Baseball America and the NCBWA as well as No. 3 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll and Perfect Game.