Arkansas Razorbacks (32-11, 13-5)
Wichita State (34-9, 13-2 MVC)
Baum Stadium • Fayetteville, Ark.
Radio: Razorback Baseball Radio Network
Cox Sports TV • Live Stats: Hogwired.com
Game 44: #7 Arkansas at #10 Wichita State
Wed., April 25, 7:05 p.m. – Baum Stadium
TV: Cox Sports (Mike Nail – pbp; Ron Swoboda – color)
Probable Starting Pitchers
UA: 29 Dallas Keuchel, LHP (4-2, 5.56 ERA)
WSU: 32 Max Hutson, LHP (0-1, 3.21 ERA)
All-time series: Arkansas leads, 29-27
In Fayetteville: Arkansas leads, 22-6
In Wichita: Wichita State leads, 18-7
Neutral Site: Wichita State leads, 3-0
NCAA Tournament: Tied, 3-3
College World Series: WSU leads, 2-0
Diamond Hogs Host Top 10 Clash with Wichita State
No. 7 Arkansas returns home to the friendly confines of Baum Stadium for its biggest non-conference game of the season when No. 10 Wichita State visits Fayetteville for a 7:05 p.m. contest on Wednesday.
Cox Sports (channel 119 in NW Arkansas) will televise the game with Mike Nail calling the play-by-play and Ron Swaboda on color. The game can also be heard on the Arkansas Baseball Radio Network with Chuck Barrett and Rick Schaeffer calling the action.
The Razorbacks are fresh of another series win at Georgia and boast a 32-11 overall record and a 13-5 mark in league play. UA leads the SEC West by three games over Ole Miss and Mississippi State and hold a slim one-game edge over Vanderbilt in overall race. The Shockers lead the Missouri Valley with a 13-2 conference record and have a 34-9 record overall.
Arkansas leads the all-time series 29-27 dating back to the 1906 season. The Hogs hold a 4-2 edge in the series since Dave Van Horn return to his alma mater in 2003.
It is the Shockers’ first trip back to Baum Stadium since the 2004 NCAA Fayetteville Regional. The Hogs battled through the loser’s bracket that year and knocked off WSU twice on Sunday to advance to Super Regional play. Brady Toops won the first championship game with a walk-off, two-out, two-strike grand slam with the Razorbacks trailing by two runs before UA won 4-3 to advance.
Southpaw Dallas Keuchel will make his eighth start of the season on Wednesday night against WSU. He is 4-2 with a 5.56 ERA in 43.2 innings of work this season. Keuchel earned the win last Wednesday night at Missouri State and has 44 strikeouts this season.
The Shockers will counter with left-hander Max Hutson. He has a 3.21 ERA and a 0-1 record in 14.0 innings in 2007. He has exhibited excellent control with 14 strikeouts and just three walks.
The Hogs travel to Auburn, Ala., on Thursday for a three-game SEC-West series with the Tigers at Plainsman Park. The set begins Friday at 6 p.m. with game two on Saturday slated for 2 p.m. and the finale on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.