The Razorbacks avoid squaring off against Missouri State Bears pitcher Nick Petree (10), the 2012 Louisville Slugger Player of the Year, during Tuesday's non-conference match up. Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

NCAA Baseball: Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Missouri State Bears Preview


Fayetteville, Ark. – The Arkansas Razorbacks return home for a one-game non-conference series against the Missouri State Bears on Tuesday at Baum Stadium.

The Bears (27-12, 11-4) look to end their five-game road trip in style with a chance to get a win against No. 14 Arkansas. Missouri State, winners of three of their last four games, took a series from Evansville over the weekend.

Arkansas (29-15, 13-7) has won four straight games including an abbreviated weekend series against the Georgia Bulldogs that saw the Razorbacks post a .050 ERA for the two-game set.

The Razorbacks have won their last eight meetings against the Bears with a 49-22 all-time series lead over the Missouri Valley Conference members.

The Hogs will start normal Sunday starter Randall Fant (3-1, 2.33 ERA) against the Bears but look for Fant to take an early exit from the game so he can pitch on Sunday against the Kentucky Wildcats.

Missouri State will counter with left-handed pitcher Matt Hall (4-1, 2.64 ERA). In Hall’s last start he earned a win over fellow SEC member Missouri throwing seven innings while striking out a career-high six batters in a 4-2 win.

Luckily Arkansas will not have to face 2012 Louisville Slugger Player of the Year junior pitcher Nick Petree (7-1, 1.52 ERA).

First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. CST. The game can be seen live on RazorVision.

 

Game Notes

Arkansas leads in the nation in team ERA posting a 1.75 ERA in 44 games and 395.2 innings pitched. Missouri State has the nation’s No. 21 team ERA with a 2.88 ERA in 39 games with 353.1 innings pitched.

 

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