Razorbacks, Red Wolves Square Off in Natural State Showdown

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Unanimous No. 1 Arkansas (23-3) hosts in-state foe Arkansas State (16-14) in its penultimate Natural State showdown of the season. First pitch between the Razorbacks and Red Wolves at Baum-Walker Stadium is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, on SEC Network+ with Josh Haley (play-by-play) and Troy Eklund (analyst) on the call.

The Razorbacks, a perfect 4-0 in midweek games this season, are 2-0 against in-state opponents, including UCA and Little Rock, this year. Arkansas is 18-2 overall against in-state foes since 1960, including a 5-0 overall record against both UCA and UAPB, a 3-0 overall record against Arkansas State and a 5-2 overall record against Little Rock.

Tuesday’s meeting against Arkansas State is the Hogs’ second-to-last in-state showdown of the year. Arkansas concludes its season series against fellow Natural State programs with UAPB at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, in North Little Rock, Ark., at Dickey-Stephens Park, home of the Seattle Mariners’ Double-A affiliate Arkansas Travelers, on SEC Network+.

Tuesday, April 2
Arkansas State vs. #1 Arkansas – 6 p.m. – SEC Network+ListenLive Stats

On the Mound
Tuesday, April 2
Arkansas State – RHP Kole Turner (1-1, 5.19 ERA)
Arkansas – LHP Colin Fisher (4-1, 2.50 ERA)

Tune In
Brett Dolan (play-by-play) and Razorback great Troy Eklund (analyst) have the call of Tuesday night’s game between Arkansas and Arkansas State on SEC Network+. The midweek contest can also be heard on the Razorback Sports Network from Learfield, including locally in Fayetteville on 92.1 FM or through the Razorback app, with Phil Elson (play-by-play) and Razorback great and former big leaguer Bubba Carpenter on the call (analyst).

A full list of radio affiliates is available here.

History Lesson
Arkansas maintains a 3-0 overall series record against Arkansas State since 1960. All three of those games between the Razorbacks and Red Wolves have occurred in the Dave Van Horn era and been played at Baum-Walker Stadium.

Home Sweet Baum-Walker
The Razorbacks, who are 19-1 (.950 winning percentage) inside the friendly confines of Baum-Walker Stadium this season, ride a program-record 17-game home winning streak into Tuesday night’s showdown against Arkansas State.

The previous program record for the longest winning streak in Baum-Walker Stadium history was 16 wins in a row, which was accomplished by the 1997 Arkansas Razorbacks under legendary head coach Norm DeBriyn.

Excluding the shortened 2020 campaign, the Hogs have won 28 or more games at home in six consecutive seasons, including a program-record 34 wins in 2018. In 2023, Arkansas went 32-6 (.842 winning percentage) at Baum-Walker Stadium, marking the Razorbacks’ fourth 30-win season at home since the stadium opened in 1996.

Hogs’ Hot Start
Arkansas is off to a blazing hot start through its first 26 games of the 2024 campaign. The Hogs boast a 23-3 overall record, marking their best 26-game start of the Van Horn era and their second-best 26-game start in program history.

The 1982 Arkansas Razorback team, led by DeBriyn, is the only team in program history with a better 26-game start. That year, the Hogs went 23-2-1 through their first 26 games before finishing the season with a 40-15-2 overall record.

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