FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – No. 11 Arkansas hosts Oral Roberts on Tuesday, April 25, at Baum Stadium with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
The Razorback Baseball Radio Network will carry the game with Rick Schaeffer calling the action. The live audio broadcast and live video webcast will also be available in the RazorZone at Hogwired.com. Live stats can also be found on Hogwired.com.
It will be the first meeting between the Razorbacks (30-12) and the Golden Eagles (22-13) this season after Arkansas won both games of the home-and-home series in 2005. Arkansas set a school record by hitting eight home runs in a single game against ORU on April 12 of last season in Tulsa.
The Hogs will start right-handed pitcher Charley Boyce, who is 2-2 on the season with a 6.16 ERA. Boyce is the Hogs’ all-time leader in games started (54) and innings pitched (368.2). It will be his first start since moving to the bullpen following the Vanderbilt series.
Oral Roberts will choose between right-hander Erik Crichton or Chance Chapman to take the mound on Tuesday. Crichton is 3-0 on the season with a 5.64 ERA over 13 appearances and one start. Chapman is 2-1 with a 1.42 ERA in eight appearances and one start.
Arkansas is coming off another SEC-series win over the weekend, this time at No. 15 Mississippi State. It was the first series win for Arkansas in Starkville since 1998 and the first series win over the Bulldogs of any kind since 1999. The Hogs have captured four straight SEC series against ranked teams.
Arkansas leads the all-time series with Oral Roberts 58-28 dating back to the 1970 season. The Hogs hold a 5-1 edge in the series since Dave Van Horn return to his alma mater in 2003 and are 30-12 against the Golden Eagles in Fayetteville.
Arkansas is hitting .288 as a team and scoring 6.5 runs per contest while the pitching staff boasts the second-best ERA in the league at 3.52 ERA with opponents hitting just .241. ORU enters the series scoring 7.3 runs per game with a .317 batting average. The Golden Eagles’ pitching staff has a 4.08 team ERA with opponents batting .260.