2. Southern Miss
3. Dallas Baptist
4. Oral Roberts
National Seeding: Arkansas is seeded 5th nationally.
Player to Watch: Kacey Murphy. Murphy is 7-4 for the Hogs but has been solid at home. Since moving into the Saturday starting spot, the lefty has dominated with 25.1 IP, a 1.78 ERA, and given up just 16 hits in his last 4 starts at Baum. He’s got to lockdown the Saturday opponent to get Arkansas into the title game.
Top 3 Themes in This Regional:
1. Keep Bauming – The Omahogs have hit 84 home runs this year – a great many of them in Baum Stadium. That’s helped the Razorbacks to slug .484 – 2nd in the SEC and 9th nationally.
2. Blaine Knight keeps on trucking – Knight didn’t win SEC Pitcher of the Year but he should have. Who did Knight beat this year? Just Sean Hjelle, Brady Singer, Ryan Rolison, Casey Mize, Konnor Pilkington, Mitchell Kilkenny, Zach Hess, and Jackson Kowar – virtually every elite pitcher in the conference.
He’s faced some of the nation’s best teams on the road against #1 RPI Florida, #4 Georgia #8 Ole Miss, #27 Mississippi State and at home against #12 Auburn, #13 A&M and #20 Kentucky. And through all of that he has gone undefeated, heading into the postseason with a pristine 10-0 record. He needs to get it to 11 wins for Arkansas.
3. Homefield Delight – The Hogs are 30-3 at home this season – tied for best record in the country. With 3 non-Power 5 programs in their regional, the Hogs expect this trend to continue. Arky lost to only one non-P5 school this year at home (Kent State).
Arkansas’ Chances To Win It: Umm, like 99%. Besides Florida, this might be the biggest shoe-in in the entire country this weekend.
Why Arkansas Will Win It: Quality pitching and all that power at the plate. At home, Arkansas might be the most complete team in the country.
What is Success for Arkansas? Dave Van Horn and team have to get to Omaha. With both the regional and Supers heading to Northwest Arkansas, anything less won’t cut it.
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