SEC Baseball Series Preview: Arkansas at Kentucky

Preview of the Arkansas-Kentucky SEC baseball series including key players, stats, schedules/results, rosters and a prediction of the series winner

Kentucky-Arkansas baseball series preview

The Arkansas Razorbacks travel to the Kentucky Wildcats for a 3-game, Friday-Sunday SEC baseball series. 14Powers.com SEC Baseball previews this series and predicts the series winner.

By 14Powers SEC Baseball Staff

Series Schedule May 3-5

Kendall Diggs of Arkansas
Kendall Diggs of Arkansas
Kentucky Proud Park 5,000
Kentucky Proud Park 5,000
Devin Burkes of Kentucky
Devin Burkes of Kentucky
  Day Start Time (ET) TV Tickets
Game 1 Friday 6:30 PM ET SECN+ Tickets
Game 2 Saturday 2:00 PM ET SECN+ Tickets
Game 3 Sunday 1:00 PM ET SECN+ Tickets

Team Statistical Comparisons

Statistic Team National
Rank
Conference
Rank
Value
Base on Balls Arkansas
Kentucky
30
99
5
10
235
211
Batting Average Kentucky
Arkansas
71
181
5
10
0.295
0.271
Double Plays Arkansas
Kentucky
117
153
2
5
28
26
Double Plays Per Game Arkansas
Kentucky
149
167
2
4
0.64
0.62
Doubles Kentucky
Arkansas
83
210
6
12
84
69
Doubles Per Game Kentucky
Arkansas
78
245
5
12
2.00
1.57
Earned Run Average Arkansas
Kentucky
1
35
1
8
3.01
4.57
Fielding % Arkansas
Kentucky
5
41
2
7
0.982
0.977
Hit Batters Kentucky
Arkansas
126
240
2
9
58
43
Hit by Pitch Kentucky
Arkansas
33
141
3
9
80
56
Hits Kentucky
Arkansas
128
174
8
10
405
384
Hits Allowed Per 9 Innings Arkansas
Kentucky
1
11
1
4
6.54
7.69
Home Runs Kentucky
Arkansas
48
72
7
10
65
59
Home Runs Per Game Kentucky
Arkansas
50
81
7
11
1.55
1.34
On Base % Kentucky
Arkansas
38
114
5
9
0.414
0.391
Runs Kentucky
Arkansas
38
125
4
12
351
296
Sacrifice Bunts Kentucky
Arkansas
33
188
1
7
28
13
Sacrifice Flies Arkansas
Kentucky
109
109
6
6
19
19
Scoring Kentucky
Arkansas
37
160
4
12
8.4
6.7
Shutouts Arkansas
Kentucky
2
15
2
5
6
4
Slugging % Kentucky
Arkansas
34
135
6
12
0.512
0.449
Stolen Bases Kentucky
Arkansas
15
214
1
9
92
34
Stolen Bases Per Game Kentucky
Arkansas
17
225
1
9
2.19
0.77
Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio Arkansas
Kentucky
2
45
1
8
3.54
2.33
Strikeouts Per 9 Innings Arkansas
Kentucky
1
92
1
13
12.2
8.9
Triple Plays
Triples Kentucky
Arkansas
110
270
5
12
9
3
Triples Per Game Kentucky
Arkansas
122
278
5
13
0.21
0.07
WHIP Arkansas
Kentucky
1
13
1
6
1.11
1.28
WL Pct Arkansas
Kentucky
2
9
2
4
0.841
0.786
Walks Allowed Per 9 Innings Arkansas
Kentucky
17
36
3
6
3.46
3.83

Statistical Leaders

Arkansas Batting Leaders

Player BA OBP AB R H 3B HR SB
Ben McLaughlin 0.322 0.469 149 33 48 0 7 0
Wehiwa Aloy 0.283 0.390 166 34 47 0 10 7
Nolan Souza 0.278 0.388 97 19 27 0 7 3
Kendall Diggs 0.245 0.362 155 28 38 1 6 4

Arkansas Pitching Leaders

Player W L ERA APP GS SV IP H ER BB K BA
Hagen Smith 8 0 1.35 11 11 0 60.0 26 9 23 111 0.130
Mason Molina 3 1 3.47 10 10 0 46.2 29 18 28 68 0.182
Brady Tygart 4 1 2.68 11 11 0 53.2 36 16 27 64 0.197

Kentucky Batting Leaders

Player BA OBP AB R H 3B HR SB
Nick Lopez 0.371 0.437 151 42 56 2 4 3
Ryan Waldschmidt 0.368 0.506 136 47 50 0 9 18
Ryan Nicholson 0.321 0.433 131 30 42 0 14 3
Émilien Pitre 0.305 0.406 167 38 51 1 5 20
Grant Smith 0.304 0.398 115 23 35 0 5 5
Nolan McCarthy 0.296 0.362 135 33 40 1 7 5
Mitchell Daly 0.292 0.438 120 27 35 1 6 7
Devin Burkes 0.230 0.378 135 37 31 0 3 14

Kentucky Pitching Leaders

Player W L ERA APP GS SV IP H ER BB K BA
Trey Pooser 3 0 3.75 12 6 2 48.0 39 20 17 48 0.218
Mason Moore 7 1 5.08 11 11 0 56.2 49 32 27 49 0.237
Dominic Niman 7 3 5.00 11 11 0 54.0 55 30 15 49 0.257

Massey College Baseball Ranking Composite

Arkansas 3
Kentucky 4

Arkansas Roster

# Name Pos. HT WT Class City ST
1 Ty Wilmsmeyer OF 6′-2″ 185 Gr. Springfield MO
3 Nolan Souza INF 6′-3″ 220 Fr. Honolulu HI
4 Jack Wagner INF/OF 6′-0″ 210 Gr. Wichita KS
5 Kendall Diggs OF 6′-0″ 210 Jr. Olathe KS
6 Ben McLaughlin INF 6′-3″ 210 Sr. Golden CO
8 Hudson White C 6′-1″ 200 Jr. Keller TX
9 Wehiwa Aloy INF 6′-2″ 200 So. Wailuku HI
10 Peyton Stovall INF 5′-11″ 200 Jr. Haughton LA
11 Jaewoo Cho RHP 6′-3″ 220 Fr. Seoul South Korea
12 Jared Sprague-Lott INF 6′-0″ 195 Sr. Philadelphia PA
13 Jayson Jones INF/OF 6′-2″ 215 So. Savannah TX
14 Ross Lovich OF 6′-0″ 185 Sr. Overland Park KS
16 Hudson Polk C 6′-1″ 210 Sr. Coppell TX
17 Hunter Grimes OF 6′-1″ 185 R-Sr. Kerrville TX
18 Reese Robinett INF 6′-3″ 220 So. Kennett MO
19 Will Edmunson OF 6′-1″ 195 Jr. Luther OK
20 Gabe Gaeckle RHP 6′-0″ 195 Fr. Aptos CA
21 Mason Molina LHP 6′-2″ 230 Jr. Rancho Santa Margarita CA
22 Ty Waid INF/OF 6′-2″ 225 Fr. Texarkana AR
24 Peyton Holt INF/OF 5′-10″ 205 Sr. Greenwood AR
25 Brady Tygart RHP 6′-2″ 215 Jr. Hernando MS
26 Tate McGuire RHP 6′-3″ 210 Fr. Liberty MO
27 Ryder Helfrick C 6′-1″ 205 Fr. Discovery Bay CA
28 Koty Frank RHP 6′-2″ 225 Gr. Tushka OK
31 Dylan Carter RHP 6′-2″ 225 R-Jr. Bentonville AR
32 Hunter Dietz LHP 6′-6″ 230 Fr. Trinity FL
33 Hagen Smith LHP 6′-3″ 225 Jr. Bullard TX
34 Diego Ramos RHP 6′-3″ 205 Fr. Vian OK
36 Parker Coil LHP 6′-3″ 190 So. Edmond OK
37 Jake Faherty RHP 6′-3″ 185 Jr. Georgetown KY
38 Colin Fisher LHP 6′-3″ 225 Fr. Noble OK
39 Tucker Holland LHP 6′-6″ 235 Fr. Fayetteville NC
40 Ben Bybee RHP 6′-6″ 235 So. Overland Park KS
41 Will McEntire RHP 6′-4″ 225 R-Sr. Bryant AR
43 Kade Smith OF 6′-0″ 200 Fr. Searcy AR
44 Parker Rowland C 6′-3″ 215 Sr. Tulsa OK
45 Gage Wood RHP 6′-0″ 205 So. Batesville AR
46 Christian Foutch RHP 6′-3″ 230 So. Littleton CO
48 Cooper Dossett RHP 6′-0″ 200 So. Springdale AR
49 Stone Hewlett LHP 6′-1″ 195 Sr. Leawood KS
51 Jack Smith LHP 6′-4″ 225 Fr. Moulton AL
55 Josh Hyneman RHP 6′-4″ 240 R-Fr. Jonesboro AR
61 Adam Hachman LHP 6′-5″ 245 Fr. Wentzville MO

Kentucky Roster

# Name Pos. HT WT Class City ST
0 Jake Titus RHP 6′-4″ 210 Fr. Ottawa KS
1 Patrick Herrera INF 6′-2″ 190 Jr. Mesa AZ
2 Mitchell Daly INF 6′-1″ 185 Sr. Madison AL
4 Émilien Pitre INF 5′-11″ 185 Jr. Repentigny QC
5 Josh Skowronski UTIL 6′-5″ 215 Fr. Frederick MD
6 Reuben Church INF 6′-2″ 235 Sr. Maryville TN
7 Devin Burkes C 6′-3″ 205 R-Jr. Bradenton FL
8 Ty Crittenberger OF 6′-0″ 180 Gr. Lighthouse Point FL
9 Nick Lopez INF 6′-2″ 215 Gr. Santa Ana CA
10 Cameron O’Brien RHP 6′-5″ 220 Gr. Wake Forest NC
11 Colby Frieda RHP 6′-3″ 215 Jr. St. John’s FL
12 Grant Smith INF 6′-0″ 190 Sr. Albuquerque NM
13 James McCoy INF/OF 6′-4″ 210 R-So. Port St. Joe FL
14 Ben Higdon OF 6′-3″ 210 Jr. Paducah KY
16 Landon Franklin INF 6′-2″ 185 Fr. Cleveland TN
17 Ethan Hindle INF 6′-1″ 200 Fr. Delafield WI
19 Nolan McCarthy OF 6′-0″ 200 R-Jr. Kalamazoo MI
20 Mason Moore RHP 6′-4″ 215 Jr. Morehead KY
21 Ryan Waldschmidt OF 6′-2″ 205 Jr. Bradenton FL
22 Dominic Niman LHP 6′-3″ 220 Gr. West Hartford CT
23 Hudson Brown INF 6′-6″ 220 Fr. Olive Branch MS
24 Ryan Hagenow RHP 6′-5″ 210 Sr. Knoxville TN
25 Ryan Nicholson INF 6′-4″ 220 Gr. Louisville KY
26 Drew Lafferty RHP 6′-1″ 205 R-Fr. South Park PA
28 Hayden Smith LHP 6′-2″ 200 R-Fr. Nicholasville KY
29 Robert Hogan RHP 6′-0″ 195 Jr. North Oaks MN
33 Travis Smith RHP 6′-4″ 220 R-So. Walton KY
34 Lukas Schramm OF 6′-3″ 215 R-Fr. Apex NC
35 Blake Bowen UTIL 6′-2″ 205 Fr. Wooster OH
36 Carson Applegate RHP 6′-0″ 190 R-Fr. Columbus NJ
37 Raymond Saatman RHP 6′-0″ 165 Fr. Lexington KY
39 Cooper Robinson RHP 6′-4″ 225 Jr. Folsom CA
40 Zach Hise RHP 6′-5″ 210 Jr. Joliet IL
41 Evan Byers LHP 5′-11″ 180 R-Jr. Nicholasville KY
42 Griffin Cameron OF 6′-1″ 180 Fr. Lexington KY
43 Jackson Nove LHP 6′-5″ 215 Jr. Fairfax IA
44 Jacob Price RHP 6′-4″ 225 So. Louisville KY
46 Christian Howe RHP 6′-4″ 195 R-So. Danville KY
47 Kyuss Gargett UTIL 6′-1″ 180 Fr. Anderson IN
48 Ben Cleaver LHP 6′-3″ 185 Fr. Chapel Hill TN
49 Johnny Hummel RHP 6′-0″ 180 Gr. Charlotte NC
50 Evan Hart LHP 6′-5″ 200 Fr. Harrodsburg KY
51 Trey Pooser RHP 6′-4″ 200 Gr. Hanahan SC
52 Austin Fawley C/INF 6′-2″ 190 R-Fr. West Palm Beach FL
54 Eli Small C/OF 6′-1″ 205 Fr. Elkhorn NE
55 Tommy Skelding RHP 6′-3″ 190 Fr. Atwater OH

Arkansas Schedule/Results

DATE AWAY RUNS HOME RUNS GAME INFO
16-Feb James Madison 4 Arkansas 6
23-Feb 8:00 PM ET Oregon St 4 Arkansas 5
24-Feb 8:00 PM ET Arkansas Oklahoma St 2
25-Feb 2:00 PM ET Arkansas 4 Michigan 3
27-Feb 4:00 PM ET Grambling 1 Arkansas 21 SEC Network +
1-Mar 4:00 PM ET Murray St 1 Arkansas 5 SEC Network +
2-Mar 3:00 PM ET Murray St 1 Arkansas 11 SEC Network +
3-Mar 2:00 PM ET Murray St 3 Arkansas 5 SEC Network +
5-Mar 4:00 PM ET C Arkansas 7 Arkansas 9 SEC Network +
9-Mar 3:00 PM ET McNeese 1 Arkansas 3 SEC Network +
8-Mar 4:00 PM ET McNeese 1 Arkansas 11 SEC Network +
10-Mar 2:00 PM ET McNeese 5 Arkansas 18 SEC Network +
12-Mar 7:00 PM ET Oral Roberts 2 Arkansas 4 SEC Network +
15-Mar 7:30 PM ET Missouri 0 Arkansas 8 SEC Network +
16-Mar 3:00 PM ET Missouri 0 Arkansas 6 SEC Network +
17-Mar 3:00 PM ET Missouri 1 Arkansas 9 SEC Network +
21-Mar 7:00 PM ET Arkansas 1 Auburn 0 SEC Network
22-Mar 7:00 PM ET Arkansas 6 Auburn 8 SEC Network +
23-Mar 3:00 PM ET Arkansas 8 Auburn 8 SEC Network +
26-Mar 7:30 PM ET Little Rock 0 Arkansas 11 SEC Network +
28-Mar 7:00 PM ET LSU 4 Arkansas 7 ESPN2
29-Mar 8:00 PM ET LSU 3 Arkansas 4 SEC Network
30-Mar 3:00 PM ET LSU 5 Arkansas 7 SEC Network +
2-Apr 7:00 PM ET Arkansas St 0 Arkansas 13
4-Apr 7:00 PM ET Ole Miss 2 Arkansas 5 SEC Network
5-Apr 7:30 PM ET Ole Miss 3 Arkansas 8
6-Apr 3:00 PM ET Ole Miss 4 Arkansas 7
9-Apr 7:00 PM ET San José St 1 Arkansas 5 SEC Network+
10-Apr 4:00 PM ET San José St 2 Arkansas 8 SEC Network+
12-Apr 7:00 PM ET Arkansas 5 Alabama 3 SEC Network+
13-Apr 5:00 PM ET Arkansas 3 Alabama 4 SEC Network+
14-Apr 2:00 PM ET Arkansas 0 Alabama 5 SEC Network+
16-Apr 8:00 PM ET Texas Tech 8 Arkansas 9 SEC Network+
17-Apr 5:00 PM ET Texas Tech 4 Arkansas 5 SEC Network
19-Apr 7:00 PM ET Arkansas 1 South Carolina 2 SEC Network+
20-Apr 4:00 PM ET Arkansas 3 South Carolina 6 SEC Network+
20-Apr 1:30 PM ET Arkansas 9 South Carolina 6 SEC Network+
23-Apr 7:00 PM ET AR-Pine Bluff 11 Arkansas 1 SEC Network+
26-Apr 8:00 PM ET Florida 1 Arkansas 2 SEC Network
27-Apr 1:00 PM ET Florida 5 Arkansas 6 SEC Network+
27-Apr 3:00 PM ET Florida 1 Arkansas 2 SEC Network+
30-Apr 7:30 PM ET Missouri St Arkansas SEC Network+
1-May 5:00 PM ET Missouri St Arkansas SEC Network+
3-May 6:30 PM ET Arkansas Kentucky SEC Network+
4-May 2:00 PM ET Arkansas Kentucky SEC Network+
5-May 1:00 PM ET Arkansas Kentucky SEC Network+
10-May 7:30 PM ET Mississippi St Arkansas SEC Network+
11-May 7:00 PM ET Mississippi St Arkansas SEC Network+
12-May 3:00 PM ET Mississippi St Arkansas SEC Network
16-May 7:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas A&M SEC Network+
17-May 7:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas A&M SEC Network+
18-May 2:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas A&M SEC Network+
May 21-26 SEC Baseball Tournament SEC Network
May 27-June 14 NCAA Baseball Tournament

Kentucky Schedule/Results

DATE AWAY RUNS HOME RUNS GAME INFO
16-Feb Kentucky 11 SC Upstate 7
23-Feb 3:00 PM ET Washington St 6 Kentucky 4
24-Feb 5:00 PM ET Texas St 5 Kentucky 11
25-Feb 1:00 PM ET Kentucky 8 Kansas 5
27-Feb 4:00 PM ET Western KY 0 Kentucky 5 SEC Network +
1-Mar 4:00 PM ET Lipscomb 4 Kentucky 7 SEC Network +
2-Mar 1:00 PM ET Lipscomb 1 Kentucky 16 SEC Network +
3-Mar 1:00 PM ET Lipscomb 1 Kentucky 19 SEC Network +
5-Mar 4:00 PM ET E Kentucky Kentucky SEC Network +
6-Mar 6:30 PM ET Kentucky 10 E Kentucky 0 ESPN+
8-Mar 4:00 PM ET Kennesaw St Kentucky SEC Network +
9-Mar 1:00 PM ET Kennesaw St 13 Kentucky 1 SEC Network +
10-Mar 1:00 PM ET Kennesaw St 9 Kentucky 7 SEC Network +
12-Mar 6:30 PM ET Murray St 6 Kentucky 10 SEC Network +
15-Mar 6:30 PM ET Georgia 10 Kentucky 16 SEC Network +
16-Mar 2:00 PM ET Georgia 3 Kentucky 9 SEC Network +
17-Mar 1:00 PM ET Georgia 1 Kentucky 12 SEC Network +
19-Mar 6:30 PM ET Evansville 3 Kentucky 11
22-Mar 7:00 PM ET Kentucky 9 Missouri 4 SEC Network +
23-Mar 4:00 PM ET Kentucky 1 Missouri 2 SEC Network +
24-Mar 12:00 PM ET Kentucky 7 Missouri 6 SEC Network
26-Mar 6:30 PM ET Miami OH 4 Kentucky 9 SEC Network +
29-Mar 7:30 PM ET Kentucky 5 Ole Miss 3 SEC Network +
30-Mar 2:30 PM ET Kentucky 17 Ole Miss 9 SEC Network +
31-Mar 2:30 PM ET Kentucky 15 Ole Miss 1 SEC Network +
3-Apr 7:00 PM ET Louisville Kentucky SEC Network
5-Apr 6:30 PM ET Alabama 2 Kentucky 6
6-Apr 2:00 PM ET Alabama 0 Kentucky 7
7-Apr 12:00 PM ET Alabama 5 Kentucky 16 SEC Network
9-Apr 7:30 PM ET Kentucky 7 Samford 9
11-Apr 7:30 PM ET Kentucky 6 Auburn 5 SEC Network+
12-Apr 7:00 PM ET Kentucky 6 Auburn 5 SEC Network+
13-Apr 3:00 PM ET Kentucky 13 Auburn 8 SEC Network+
16-Apr 7:00 PM ET Kentucky 17 Louisville 13 ACC Network
19-Apr 6:30 PM ET Tennessee 3 Kentucky 5 SEC Network+
20-Apr 2:00 PM ET Tennessee 3 Kentucky 5 SEC Network+
21-Apr 1:00 PM ET Tennessee 13 Kentucky 11 SEC Network+
26-Apr 7:00 PM ET Kentucky 5 South Carolina 6 SEC Network+
27-Apr 6:00 PM ET Kentucky 15 South Carolina 13 SEC Network
28-Apr 3:00 PM ET Kentucky 0 South Carolina 10 SEC Network
3-May 6:30 PM ET Arkansas Kentucky SEC Network+
4-May 2:00 PM ET Arkansas Kentucky SEC Network+
5-May 1:00 PM ET Arkansas Kentucky SEC Network+
7-May 3:00 PM ET Kentucky Xavier
10-May 6:30 PM ET Kentucky Florida SEC Network+
11-May 12:00 PM ET Kentucky Florida SEC Network
12-May 12:00 PM ET Kentucky Florida SEC Network
14-May 6:30 PM ET Wright St Kentucky SEC Network+
16-May 6:30 PM ET Vanderbilt Kentucky SEC Network+
17-May 6:30 PM ET Vanderbilt Kentucky SEC Network+
18-May 1:00 PM ET Vanderbilt Kentucky SEC Network+
18-May 2:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas A&M SEC Network+
May 21-26 SEC Baseball Tournament SEC Network
May 27-June 14 NCAA Baseball Tournament

Arkansas-Kentucky Baseball Legacy Comparison

Data current as of 2022

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Arkansas Baseball History

All-Time Record: 2,349-1,443-6
SEC Record: 457-413
SEC Championships: 3 (1999, 2004, 2021)
SEC Tournament Appearances: 26 (1992-99, 2002-07, 2009-15, 2017-19, 21-22)
SEC Tournament Record: 38-44
SEC Tournament Championships: 1 (2021)
NCAA Regional Appearances: 32 (1973, 1979-80, 1983, 1985-90, 1995-96, 1998-99, 2002-15, 2017-19, 21-22)
NCAA Regional Championships: 13 (1979, 1985, 1987, 1989, 2002-04, 09-10, 2012, 2015, 2018-19, 21-22)
Super Regional Appearances: 10 (2002-04, 2009-10, 2012, 2015, 2018-19, 21-22)
Super Regional Championships: 6 (2004, 2009, 2012, 2018, 2019, 22)
College World Series Appearances: 11 (1979, 1985, 1987, 1989, 2004, 2009, 2012, 2015, 2018, 2019, 2021)
National Championships: 0
All-Time NCAA Tournament Record: 99-75

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Kentucky Baseball History

All-Time Record: 2,015-1,905-25
SEC Record: 772-1,015-8
SEC Championships: 1 (2006)
SEC Tournament Appearances: 23 (1979, 1981,1987-88, 1991, 1993-96, 1998-2000, 2006, 2008, 2012-14, 2016-18, 21-22)
SEC Tournament Record: 25-39
SEC Tournament Championships: 07 (1981, 1982,
1984, 1988, 1991, 2011, 2015)
NCAA Regional Appearances: 9 (1949, 1950, 1988,
1993, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2014, 2017)
NCAA Regional Championships: 0
Super Regional Appearances: 0
Super Regional Championships: 0
College World Series Appearances: 0
National Championships: 0
All-Time NCAA Tournament Record: 14-18

Arkansas-Kentucky Series Prediction

Arkansas 2 wins, Kentucky 1 win

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