FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas baseball team will try for its fourth-consecutive series victory against Tennessee when the Razorbacks host the 11th-ranked Volunteers in a three-game Southeastern Conference series this weekend at Baum Stadium.
Game times for the series are set for 6:35 p.m. CT on Friday, 2 p.m. CT on Saturday and 1 p.m. CT on Sunday.
Friday’s game will be televised live on Comcast Cable systems throughout the Southeast, including channel 70 on Comcast Cablevision of Little Rock. Doug Mosley will handle the play-by-play duties while UA Sports Information Director Kevin Trainor will provide color commentary for the telecast.
Baum Stadium will be a welcome sight for the Razorbacks, who have played their last five games on the road and are coming off a 4-2 win at No. 25 Oral Roberts on Tuesday. The Hogs own a 14-6 home record, including a 5-4 mark in home SEC games.
Ranked in the top 14 in all three college baseball polls and as high as 11th in the ESPN/Baseball Weekly coaches’ poll, the Volunteers (31-9, 11-7 SEC) lead the SEC Eastern Division while their 31 overall wins to date are the most among SEC teams. UT’s 31-9 record through 40 games matches the 1991 and 1997 Volunteer teams for the school’s best record through 40 games.
Arkansas junior left-handed pitcher Layne Berry (0-2, 5.23 ERA) will make his sixth start of the year in Friday’s series opener against Tennessee freshman right-hander Patrick Hicklen (2-3, 3.68 ERA). Saturday’s game will feature the return of Arkansas junior right-hander Charlie Isaacson (3-5, 6.67 ERA) from a muscle strain while the Vols will send junior right-hander Wyatt Allen (6-2, 6.79 ERA) to the mound. Fresh off a victory in Tuesday’s win at ORU, sophomore right-hander Gary Hogan Jr. (2-3, 3.12 ERA) will start for the Razorbacks on Sunday while Tennessee has not announced a starting pitcher for the series finale.
The Hogs have won six of the last seven games and each of the last three series between the teams. UA won the only game of a rain-shortened series at Knoxville, Tenn., in 1998 before sweeping a three-game series against the Vols at Baum Stadium during the 1999 season. The Hogs opened SEC play last year with a 2-1 series win at UT.