#7 Arkansas Hosts Auburn on SEC Opening Weekend

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – No. 7 Arkansas (15-2), winner of 10 straight games, hosts Auburn (13-3-1) on SEC Opening Weekend at Baum-Walker Stadium.

The first pitch of the three-game series between the Razorbacks and Tigers is scheduled for Friday, March 17 at 4 pm on SEC Network+. The series start, originally scheduled for 6:30 p.m., was moved up due to forecast low temperatures.

Since 2017, Arkansas has won five straight SEC Opening Weekend series. The Razorbacks, who haven’t started a league game against Auburn since 2011, have won four straight weekend series against the Tigers.

Friday, March 17
Auburn vs. #7 Arkansas – 4 pm – SEC Network+ – Listen – Live Stats

Saturday, March 18
Auburn vs. #7 Arkansas – 2 pm – SEC Network+ – Listen – Live Stats

Sunday, March 19
Auburn vs. #7 Arkansas – 2 pm – SEC Network+ – Listen – Live Stats

on the mound
Friday, March 17
Auburn LZ Tommy Vail (2-0, 0.63 ERA) vs. Arkansas LZ Hunter Hollan (3-0, 2.18 ERA)

Saturday, March 18
Auburn LHP Zach Crotchfelt (0-0, 4.41 ERA) vs. Arkansas RHP Will McEntire (3-0, 3.48 ERA)

Sunday, March 19
Auburn TBA vs. Arkansas TBA

The Razorbacks will start lefty Hunter Hollan in the series opener on Friday. The junior college product had been Arkansas’ Sunday starter for the first four weekends of the season, posting a 3-0 record with a 2.18 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 20 2/3 innings of work.

Tune in
Brett Dolan (play-by-play) and Troy Eklund (analyst) will have the game call Friday and Sunday on SEC Network+. Josh Haley will handle the play-by-play duties on Saturday.

The entire weekend series between Arkansas and Auburn can also be heard on Learfield’s Razorback Sports Network, including locally in Fayetteville on 92.1 FM or via the Razorback app, with Phil Elson (play-by-play) and Bubba Carpenter (analyst). In the call. A full list of radio affiliates is available here.

Series history
Arkansas is 51-49 all-time against Auburn, including a 26-19 record in games played in Fayetteville. Under head coach Dave Van Horn, the Razorbacks are 36-23 overall with a 17-10 home advantage against the Tigers.

Arkansas, which hasn’t lost a series to the Tigers since 2017, hasn’t lost a series to Auburn in Fayetteville since 2014. The Razorbacks have swept two series in that span, in 2016 and 2018.

In the last meeting between the two SEC West foes, Arkansas defeated Auburn, 11-1, on June 21, 2022, in the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. The Razorbacks’ landslide victory at Charles Schwab Field ended the Tigers’ season.

Arkansas extended its winning streak to 10 games on Wednesday, completing its midweek series against UNLV.

The Razorbacks have posted winning streaks of 10 or more games in each of the past three seasons, including 12-game winning streaks in both 2021 and 2022. They mark Arkansas’ longest streak since 2010, when the Hogs won 13 in a row.

home heroes
Friday’s contest is the fifteenth game of the Hogs’ 18 home games at Baum-Walker Stadium. Arkansas, 13-1 through the first 14 home games, is 15-2 overall (.882 winning percentage) on the year, its best mark entering the SEC since 2012.

In 2012, the Razorbacks completed their non-conference weekend series slate with an overall record of 16–2 (.889 winning percentage). Arkansas finished that season with an overall record of 46-22, advancing to the College World Series for the seventh time in program history.

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