SEC BASEBALL: KENTUCKY VS. ARKANSAS PREVIEW/PREDICTION


The Kentucky Wildcats travel to Fayetteville for a three-game SEC baseball series with the Arkansas Razorbacks. 14Powers.com previews both teams and projects the winner of this series.

The Basics


Kentucky at Arkansas, March 16-18

Day Time TV Tickets
Friday 7:30 PM ET (6:30 CT)

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Saturday 3 PM ET (2 CT)

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Sunday 2 PM ET (1 CT)

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Hitting Comparison


INF-OF Luke Heyer of Kentucky

OF Eric Cole of Arkansas

BATTING AVERAGE
0.300 -- No. 3 in SEC

BATTING AVERAGE
0.304 -- No. 2 in SEC

ON BASE PERCENTAGE
0.408 -- No. 1 in SEC

ON BASE PERCENTAGE
0.400 -- No. 2 in SEC

HOME RUNS
77 -- No. 1 in SEC

HOME RUNS
76 -- No. 2 in SEC

Kentucky Top Hitters

NAMEPOSAVGH2B3BHRRBIBB
Kole Cottam1B0.35071110174730
Luke Heyer3B0.34967170175526
Tristan PompeyLF0.3475918073828
Ben AklinskiCF0.3076110164129
Luke Becker2B0.3005711263635
Troy SquiresC0.2825312055124
Trey DawsonSS0.279438131938







Arkansas Top Hitters

NAMEPOSAVGH2B3BHRRBIBB
Carson Shaddy2B0.3644891103517
Heston KjerstadLF0.35168130104217
Casey Martin3B0.3355880103824
Eric ColeRF0.33370121124028
Luke BonfieldDH0.308458173131
Dominic FletcherCF0.3015813073214
Jax BiggersSS0.276459031931
Grant KochC0.263404072929

Pitching Comparison


RHP Chris Machamer of Kentucky
RHP Jake Reindl of Arkansas

ERA: 5.26 -- No. 14 in SEC

ERA: 3.43 -- No. 3 in SEC

OPP BATTING AVG
0.259 -- No. 11 in SEC

OPP BATTING AVG
0.238 -- No. 4 in SEC

STRIKEOUTS
479 -- No. 4 in SEC

STRIKEOUTS
470 -- No. 7 in SEC

Kentucky Key Pitchers

NAMEWLERAIPHERBBSOOBA
Sean Hjelle743.5686.0753419730.231
Justin Lewis734.3472.2633527920.232






Arkansas Key Pitchers

NAMEWLERAIPHERBBSOOBA
Kacey Murphy642.3070.1581812630.227
Blaine Knight802.8775.1662417770.236

COMMENTS

This is big time early season series between two solid clubs. Kentucky's very strong at the plate while Arkansas is has great pitching. Really hard to make predictions this early on. Look for the homestanding Razorbacks to be able to eek out a series win over the Wildcats.

Series Prediction


Arkansas 2 wins, Kentucky 1 win







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