FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The road to Omaha starts in Fayetteville.
Apologies for the pure cheese to open the Arkansas baseball season, but in this case, this year, it’s fact. The Razorbacks are a top-five team in the country, predicted to finish second in the SEC. For all intents and purposes, they are a favorite to make the College World Series in Nebraska this June.
Their season starts Friday afternoon at Baum Stadium against Bucknell. Blaine Knight, the All-America candidate and likely top-five pick in the draft this summer, will start on Friday. Isaiah Campbell and Keaton McKinney, back from hip troubles and Tommy John surgery, will get the starts on Saturday and Sunday.
Bucknell counters as no slouch. The Bison were picked to win the Patriot League this year and have preseason Patriot League Pitcher of the Year Connor Van Hoose in the rotation. Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn has a reputation to schedule quality nonconference games. Bucknell is no exception, even though Arkansas does have far more meaningful and difficult games ahead.
They have to start somewhere. Ultimately, unless Arkansas is swept, the series is largely meaningless in the grand scheme of things. Given where the Diamond Hogs have expectations, though, the college baseball world is ready to see what Van Horn’s bunch brings to the table.
Arkansas baseball vs. Bucknell series information
Game 1: Friday at 3 p.m. (CT)
Game 2: Saturday at 11:30 a.m. (CT)
Game 3: Sunday at noon (CT)
How can I watch?
All three games are available on SEC Network+. Fans can watch via WatchESPN or the WatchESPN app.
Who is calling the Arkansas game?
Radio play-by-play is handled by Phil Elson, who will be joined by new color commentator this year, Bubba Carpenter, a three-time All-Southwest Conference player for the Diamond Hogs in the late 1980s and early 1990s. TV duties belong to Brett Dolan, who is in his first season of the job, too.
Two more games in this set and then more big-time opponents for the Diamond Hogs. Arkansas heads west, to San Diego, for four games in southern California. First up is Arizona on Wednesday, Feb. 21.
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