SEC Baseball Series Preview/Prediction: Arkansas at Kentucky

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

Casey Martin, Arkansas
Casey Martin, Arkansas
Kentucky Proud Park (5,000)
Kentucky Proud Park (5,000)
Shinn Ryan, Kentucky
Shinn Ryan, Kentucky

Series Schedule March 15-17

Day Start Time (CT) TV Tickets
Game 1 Friday 5:30 PM CT SEC NETWORK + Tickets
Game 2 Saturday 1:00 PM CT SEC NETWORK + Tickets
Game 3 Sunday 12:00 PM CT SEC NETWORK + Tickets

Team Statistical Comparison

Hitting

BA OB% R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB CS SB
Arkansas 0.308 0.408 358 484 100 14 58 334 243 12 58
Kentucky 0.261 0.372 273 392 70 7 45 249 236 11 48

Pitching & Fielding

ERA K OBA H R ER BB 2B 3B HR F%
Arkansas 4.11 435 0.229 347 213 184 178 58 2 35 0.970
Kentucky 3.26 436 0.197 282 168 147 183 49 2 32 0.981

Statistical Leaders

Arkansas Batting Leaders

Name AVG OBP SLG OPS R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB
Matt Goodheart 0.385 0.497 0.533 1.030 22 47 11 2 1 29 26 26 5
Heston Kjerstad 0.332 0.402 0.583 0.985 40 62 9 1 12 39 12 48 3
Dominic Fletcher 0.324 0.388 0.551 0.939 42 60 18 0 8 41 19 34 1
Trevor Ezell 0.311 0.435 0.515 0.950 49 52 12 2 6 31 37 34 13
Jack Kenley 0.311 0.436 0.565 1.001 44 50 6 4 9 37 34 39 6
Casey Martin 0.303 0.387 0.564 0.951 47 59 18 3 9 42 24 52 8
Christian Franklin 0.299 0.386 0.460 0.846 30 41 5 1 5 29 18 40 7
Jacob Nesbit 0.280 0.352 0.387 0.739 25 42 7 0 3 39 20 36 6
Casey Opitz 0.233 0.377 0.284 0.661 21 27 3 0 1 22 26 29 5

Arkansas Pitching Leaders

Name W L ERA SHO SV IP H R ER BB SO OBA
Isaiah Campbell 7 1 2.66 0 0 71.0 56 28 21 13 81 0.215
Connor Noland 2 2 3.96 0 0 50.0 47 26 22 11 39 0.240
Patrick Wicklander 4 1 4.14 0 0 45.2 31 24 21 28 65 0.194

Kentucky Batting Leaders

Name AVG OBP SLG OPS R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB
Coltyn Kessler 0.325 0.403 0.476 0.879 22 41 10 0 3 19 13 37 0
Ryan Shinn 0.307 0.406 0.626 1.032 39 50 16 0 12 27 16 48 6
Jaren Shelby 0.279 0.380 0.464 0.844 20 39 8 0 6 32 20 38 11
Austin Schultz 0.272 0.415 0.386 0.801 23 31 7 0 2 7 24 37 9
T.J. Collett 0.269 0.361 0.538 0.899 26 39 7 1 10 37 15 42 1
Breydon Daniel 0.244 0.374 0.429 0.803 31 38 6 1 7 20 22 54 17
Dalton Reed 0.228 0.270 0.369 0.639 19 34 4 1 5 23 8 56 0

Kentucky Pitching Leaders

Name W L ERA SHO SV IP H R ER BB SO OBA
Zack Thompson 4 1 1.88 1 0 71.2 45 20 15 24 102 0.179
Jimmy Ramsey 2 4 7.29 0 1 45.2 58 42 37 19 54 0.301

NCAA RPI

Arkansas:

3

Kentucky:

44

Arkansas Roster

No. Name Pos. Bats-Throws Ht. Wt. Class City State
4 Trevor Ezell INF S/R 5′-8″ 200 R-Sr. Bryant AR
3 Zack Gregory INF L/R 5′-10″ 175 Fr. Keller TX
5 Jacob Nesbit INF R/R 6′-0″ 175 R-Fr. Coppell TX
7 Jack Kenley INF L/R 6′-0″ 185 Jr Germantown TN
8 Jordan McFarland INF/OF R/R 6′-3″ 220 Jr. Waterloo IL
10 Matt Goodheart INF/OF L/R 6′-1″ 180 So. Magnolia AR
12 Casey Opitz C S/R 5′-11″ 175 So. Centennial CO
13 Connor Noland RHP R/R 6′-2″ 215 Fr. Greenwood AR
14 Caleb Denny INF L/R 6′-2″ 195 Fr. Owasso OK
15 Casey Martin INF R/R 5′-11″ 175 So. Lonoke AR
16 Andrew Stanley C R/R 5′-9″ 180 Fr. Searcy AR
17 Trey Harris OF R/R 5′-10″ 165 Fr. Little Rock AR
18 Heston Kjerstad OF L/R 6′-3″ 200 So. Amarillo TX
19 Coby Boulware INF R/R 5′-9″ 170 So. Anthem AZ
20 Elijah Trest RHP L/R 6′-3″ 205 Fr. White Oak TX
21 Jacob Burton RHP R/R 6′-0″ 185 Fr. Diana TX
22 Curtis Washington,Jr. OF/INF R/R 6′-2″ 165 Fr. West Memphis AR
24 Dominic Fletcher OF L/L 5′-9″ 175 Jr. Cypress CA
25 Christian Franklin OF R/R 5′-11″ 180 Fr. Overland Park KS
26 Travis Hester RHP R/R 6′-2″ 195 Fr. College Station TX
27 Dillon Lifrieri OF/INF R/R 6′-0″ 190 Fr. Wilton CT
28 Kole Ramage RHP R/R 6′-1″ 195 So. Southlake TX
29 Marshall Denton RHP R/R 5′-11″ 160 R-So. Beebe AR
31 Caleb Bolden RHP R/R 6′-2″ 170 So. Texarkana TX
32 Matt Cronin LHP L/L 6′-2″ 195 Jr. Navarre FL
33 Patrick Wicklander LHP R/L 6′-1″ 175 Fr. San Jose CA
34 Steven Sanchez LHP L/L 6’7″ 240 Fr. Mundelein IL
35 Jacob Kostyshock RHP R/R 6′-4″ 175 Jr. O’Fallon MO
37 Caden Monke LHP L/L 6′-3″ 160 Fr. Mt. Olive IL
39 Evan Taylor LHP L/L 6′-4″ 235 Fr. Florence AL
45 Kevin Kopps RHP R/R 6′-0″ 195 R-Jr. Sugar Land TX
44 Collin Taylor RHP R/R 5′-11″ 220 R-So. Florence AL
48 Zack Plunkett C R/R 6′-2″ 225 R-Sr. Hurst TX
46 Carter Sells RHP R/R 6′-0″ 195 Fr. Brentwood TN
49 Liam Henry LHP L/L 6′-2″ 180 Fr. Kansas City MO
54 Will Barker RHP R/R 6′-2″ 185 Fr. Sherwood AR
55 Isaiah Campbell RHP R/R 6′-4″ 225 R-Jr. Olathe KS
57 Cody Scroggins RHP R/R 6′-0″ 195 R-Jr. Bentonville AR
88 Zebulon Vermillion RHP L/R 6′-4″ 185 So. Prairie Village KS

Kentucky Roster

No. Name Pos. Bats-Throws Ht. Wt. Class City State
2 Austin Schultz IF R/R 5′-9″ 190 FR Adams NE
3 Ben Jordan RHP L/R 6′-9″ 260 R-FR Olive Hill KY
4 Zeke Lewis IF S/R 5′-9″ 160 R-JR Atlanta GA
5 T.J. Collett 1B L/R 6′-1″ 230 JR Terre Haute IN
7 Rook Ellington OF R/R 6′-0″ 175 FR Paducah KY
8 Marshall Gei C S/R 6′-0″ 185 R-SR Mount Juliet TN
10 Dalton Reed IF L/R 6′-4″ 240 JR Roff OK
12 Ryan Shinn OF R/L 6′-2″ 205 SR Jobstown NJ
13 Cole Ayers RHP R/R 6′-2″ 180 FR Mt. Carmel OH
14 Zack Thompson LHP L/L 6′-2″ 220 JR Selma IN
15 Trip Lockhart RHP R/R 6′-3″ 190 SO Lexington KY
16 Will Gambino RHP R/R 6′-2″ 215 FR Westmont NJ
19 Alex Rodriguez IF R/R 5′-10″ 195 SR Pembroke Pines FL
20 Braxton Cottongame LHP L/L 6′-3″ 205 FR Hazard KY
21 Orlando Adams Jr. C/OF R/R 6′-0″ 220 FR Atlanta GA
22 Dillon Marsh LHP L/L 6′-1″ 220 FR Elizabethtown PA
24 Brett Marshall RHP R/R 6′-4″ 215 R-SO Louisville KY
25 Coltyn Kessler C/IF L/R 6′-3″ 220 SO High Ridge MO
26 Justin Olson IF/OF L/L 6′-2″ 215 FR Colorado Springs CO
28 Ryan Johnson OF/RHP L/R 6′-3″ 220 SR College Station TX
30 Jaren Shelby OF R/R 5′-11″ 200 JR Lexington KY
31 Alex Degen RHP R/R 6’7″ 210 FR Readington Township NJ
33 Trae Harmon IF/DH R/R 6′-4″ 255 FR Somerset KY
34 Carson Coleman RHP R/R 6′-2″ 185 R-SO Lexington KY
35 Cole Daniels LHP L/L 6′-1″ 240 FR Ann Arbor MI
37 Cam Hill OF L/R 5′-10″ 185 SO Georgetown KY
38 Jimmy Ramsey RHP L/R 6′-9″ 255 SO Tonka Bay MN
39 Hunter Rigsby RHP R/R 6′-4″ 215 FR Mount Vernon KY
41 Grant Macciocchi RHP/IF R/R 6′-4″ 175 R-JR West Chester Town Ship OH
42 Elliott Curtis IF L/R 6′-0″ 200 JR Waterloo Ontario
43 Breydon Daniel IF/OF S/R 6′-1″ 200 JR Bixby OK
50 Mason Hazelwood LHP L/L 6′-5″ 220 SO Salvisa KY
52 Tanner Holen C R/R 5′-11″ 180 JR Manhattan KS
54 Daniel Harper RHP R/R 6′-4″ 220 SO Fairway KS
55 Tyler Burchett RHP R/R 6′-5″ 235 FR Airville PA

Schedule/Results

Arkansas

Kentucky

Date Opponent Score
Feb 15 vs E Illinois W 15-7
Feb 16 vs E Illinois W 12-3
Feb 17 vs E Illinois W 3-2
Feb 21 @ USC W 6-3
Feb 22 @ USC W 8-6
Feb 23 @ USC L 6-4
Feb 27 vs Memphis W 10-3
Mar 1 vs Stony Brook W 3-1
Mar 2 vs Stony Brook W 4-3
Mar 3 vs Stony Brook W 15-7
Mar 5 vs Charlotte Cancelled
Mar 6 vs Charlotte W 9-2
Mar 8 vs La Tech W 4-2
Mar 9 vs La Tech L 12-7
Mar 10 vs La Tech W 11-0
Mar 12 vs W Illinois W 8-0
Mar 13 vs W Illinois W 11-1
Mar 15 vs Missouri W 2-0
Mar 16 vs Missouri W 4-3
Mar 17 vs Missouri W 3-2
Mar 19 @ Texas W 11-4
Mar 20 @ Texas L 7-6
Mar 22 @ Alabama W 12-3
Mar 23 @ Alabama L 10-0
Mar 24 @ Alabama W 10-2
Mar 26 @ Missouri State W 8-2
Mar 29 vs Ole Miss W 5-3
Mar 30 vs Ole Miss L 4-3
Mar 31 vs Ole Miss L 10-5
Apr 2 vs Little Rock L 17-7
Apr 5 @ Auburn L 6-3
Apr 5 @ Auburn W 9-6
Apr 6 @ Auburn W 8-0
Apr 9 vs Oral Roberts W 15-8
Apr 12 @ Vanderbilt L 3-2
Apr 13 @ Vanderbilt L 12-2
Apr 14 @ Vanderbilt W 14-12
Apr 16 vs Ark-Pine Bluff W 16-4
Apr 18 vs Mississippi St W 5-3
Apr 19 vs Mississippi St W 12-5
Apr 20 vs Mississippi St W 10-2
Apr 23 vs Northwestern St W 19-2
Apr 24 vs Northwestern St L 10-7
Apr 26 vs Tennessee W 11-9
Apr 27 vs Tennessee W 15-3
Apr 28 vs Tennessee W 4-3
Apr 30 vs Grambling
May 3 @ Kentucky
May 4 @ Kentucky
May 5 @ Kentucky
May 9 vs LSU
May 10 vs LSU
May 11 vs LSU
May 16 @ Texas A&M
May 17 @ Texas A&M
May 18 @ Texas A&M
Date Opponent Score
Feb 15 @ Austin Peay W 8-4
Feb 16 @ Austin Peay W 12-5
Feb 17 @ Austin Peay W 11-1
Feb 22 @ Texas Tech L 4-7
Feb 23 @ Texas Tech L 10-7
Feb 24 @ Texas Tech L 19-4
Feb 26 vs E Kentucky W 7-3
Feb 27 vs N Kentucky W 5-4
Mar 1 vs Canisius W 10-2
Mar 2 vs Canisius W 12-3
Mar 3 vs Canisius W 4-3
Mar 5 vs Wright State cancelled
Mar 6 vs Boston College L 12-3
Mar 8 vs Middle Tenn W 4-1
Mar 10 vs Middle Tenn W 7-0
Mar 10 vs Middle Tenn W 5-4
Mar 12 vs SIU-E W 6-4
Mar 13 vs W Kentucky W 15-0
Mar 15 @ LSU L 2-1
Mar 16 @ LSU L 16-4
Mar 17 @ LSU L 7-2
Mar 19 vs Xavier W 16-3
Mar 22 vs Texas A&M L 5-3
Mar 23 vs Texas A&M L 9-3
Mar 24 vs Texas A&M L 17-5
Mar 26 vs Morehead State W 7-0
Mar 28 vs Georgia L 7-3
Mar 29 vs Georgia W 5-0
Mar 30 vs Georgia L 10-8
Apr 2 @ Louisville L 8-3
Apr 5 @ Missouri W 4-2
Apr 6 @ Missouri L 5-4
Apr 7 @ Missouri L 9-2
Apr 10 @ Lipscomb W 6-2
Apr 12 @ Ole Miss L 8-2
Apr 13 @ Ole Miss W 4-1
Apr 14 @ Ole Miss W 4-2
Apr 16 vs Louisville L 18-6
Apr 18 vs Tennessee L 4-2
Apr 19 vs Tennessee L 16-1
Apr 20 vs Tennessee L 8-2
Apr 23 @ W Kentucky W 15-4
Apr 26 @ Florida L 10-8
Apr 27 @ Florida W 5-1
Apr 28 @ Florida L 12-8
May 3 vs Arkansas
May 4 vs Arkansas
May 5 vs Arkansas
May 7 vs Indiana
May 10 @ South Carolina
May 11 @ South Carolina
May 12 @ South Carolina
May 14 vs Michigan
May 16 vs Vanderbilt
May 17 vs Vanderbilt
May 18 vs Vanderbilt

Arkansas-Kentucky Prediction

Surging Arkansas visits struggling Kentucky. The Wildcats statistically have the better pitching and fielding team while the Razorbacks have stronger hitting. Key word there was “statistically” though. Look for the Razorbacks to win this series and possibly sweep UK. Arkansas 2 wins, Kentucky 1 win.

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