SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Razorback baseball team begins to wrap up its non-conference schedule on Tuesday when the team travels to Springfield to take on Missouri State in what will be a rematch of last year’s NCAA Fayetteville Super Regional that had Arkansas winning the best of three series and reaching its eighth College World Series.
First pitch between the Hogs and Bears is set for 6:35 p.m. and will be played at Hammons Field, the home of the Springfield Cardinals, Doubl-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. The game will be broadcast on CST.
Arkansas comes into Tuesday’s contest as a winner of 5 of its last 8 games, including four-straight midweek games. Last Tuesday, the Hogs completed a three-run comeback against No. 18 Oklahoma State after Carson Shaddy hit a go-ahead triple, part of a three hit day for the sophomore.
Freshman Isaiah Campbell got the start in Arkansas’ last midweek game, going 3 1/3 innings and giving up just 2 earned runs on 3 hits with 3 strikeouts against the Cowboys. Campbell has generated a 3.57 ERA this season in 10 appearances on the mound.
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Sophomore Carson Shaddy had one of his best weeks of the season last week as he went 9-for-17 (.529) at the plate over the four game stretch. Three of his nine hits went for extra-bases as he had a triple and two home runs.
The home runs were his first since March 4 against Eastern Illinois and he currently leads all Hog hitters with a .356 batting average and 58 hits, joining Clark Eagan as one of two Razorback players with 50 or more hits this year.
Senior Rick Nomura also polished off a solid weekend going 9 for 16 (.563) with 2 doubles, 4 runs scored and 3 RBIs. Nomura is currently on a 7-game hitting streak including multiple hit games in three of his last four contests. His streak is the second-longest current hitting streak on the team and he’s batting .298 on the year, .312 in conference play.
Nomura leads all Razorbacks with 12 doubles and also has 24 RBIs, both being personal-best totals for a season in his Razorback career.
Arkansas and Missouri State have played over 70 times in its histories going back to 1966. Along with last year’s Super Regional win over the Bears at Baum Stadium, the Hogs have won 12 of their last 14 games against Missouri State and their last five games in Springfield.
Tue. | 6:35 p.m. CT | (ARK) LHP Weston Rogers (1-0, 4.50 ERA, 13/4 K/BB) vs. (MSU) RHP Austin Knight (3-1, 3.48 ERA, 22/11 K/BB)
CST will broadcast Tuesday’s game between Arkansas and Missouri State with Alex Perlman (PXP) and former Arkansas all-american Troy Eklund (analyst) calling the game.
Phil Elson (PXP) can heard on the radio via the Razorback Sports Network from IMG. Fans in the Fayetteville area can listen to the game on the flagship station 92.1 FM The Ticket or online at ArkansasRazorbacks.com.