Just because you may not have heard of Cal Poly doesn’t mean the Mustangs aren’t a worthy adversary for the Arkansas baseball team.
California Polytechnic State, for those official. Cal Poly to most. The Mustangs play in the Big West Conference, a league known for its baseball more than anything. Cal State-Fullerton and Long Beach State are usual powers. Cal Poly, however, actually finished second in the conference last season. Second in a league that had two schools inside the top 15 in the country.
It isn’t going to be easy for Arkansas, even as the Diamond Hogs are ranked in the top 5 in the country. Cal Poly was picked third behind those two powers in the preseason poll.
Razorbacks coach Dave Van Horn will attempt to tame the Mustangs with preseason All-America Blaine Knight. The junior right-hander had five innings of no-hit ball with four strikeouts and two walks in the season opener against Bucknell.
The Arkansas bats have been hottest, though. The Razorbacks are first in the nation in runs per game (12.5), third in slugging (.613) second in on-base percentage (.497) and tops in home runs per game (2.5).
Don’t expect Arkansas to quite keep up with those paces this weekend. Cal Poly isn’t Bucknell. But do expect the Razorbacks to leave California with a winning record.
Arkansas baseball vs. Cal Poly series information
Arkansas and Cal Poly play just once, the opener for both in the Tony Gwynn Classic.
- Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 — 4 p.m. ET from San Diego, Calif.
How can I watch?
The game is available on Cox Sports Television.
Who is calling the Arkansas game?
Brett Dolan has the TV play-by-play with Troy Eklund as analyst. Scott Inman has the call on radio.
The Tony Gwynn Classic continues Saturday and Sunday. Arkansas plays San Diego after Cal Poly and San Diego State in the finale before returning to Fayetteville.
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