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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
0.307 -- No. 2 in SEC

BATTING AVERAGE
0.309 -- No. 1 in SEC

ON BASE PERCENTAGE
0.418 -- No. 1 in SEC

ON BASE PERCENTAGE
0.410 -- No. 2 in SEC

HOME RUNS
59 -- No. 2 in SEC

HOME RUNS
60 -- No. 1 in SEC

Kentucky Top Hitters

NAMEPOSAVGH2B3BHRRBIBB
Tristan PompeyLF0.3493811052820
Luke Heyer3B0.33846110134219
Kole Cottam1B0.3334860133221
Troy SquiresC0.313419043919
Ben AklinskiCF0.310448043025
Luke Becker2B0.306418252427
T.J. CollettDH0.3043840103418
Ryan JohnsonRF0.283309032010
Trey DawsonSS0.270306121227







Arkansas Top Hitters

NAMEPOSAVGH2B3BHRRBIBB
Heston KjerstadLF0.3735310093713
Carson Shaddy2B0.364407192916
Eric ColeRF0.335528172623
Casey Martin3B0.331417083219
Luke BonfieldDH0.287338152223
Jax BiggersSS0.287378031924
Dominic FletcherCF0.2793910042113
Grant KochC0.266293062723

Pitching Comparison


RHP Chris Machamer of Kentucky
RHP Jake Reindl of Arkansas

ERA: 5.07 -- No. 14 in SEC

ERA: 3.20 -- No. 5 in SEC

OPP BATTING AVG
0.252 -- No. 12 in SEC

OPP BATTING AVG
0.234 -- No. 7 in SEC

STRIKEOUTS
342 -- No. 8 in SEC

STRIKEOUTS
340 -- No. 9 in SEC

Kentucky Key Pitchers

NAMEWLERAIPHERBBSOOBA
Sean Hjelle523.0958.146209530.206
Justin Lewis524.6452.1492719640.244






Arkansas Key Pitchers

NAMEWLERAIPHERBBSOOBA
Blaine Knight601.9550.2451111520.238
Kacey Murphy522.0045.033106390.205

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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