SEC Baseball Series Preview/Prediction: LSU at Arkansas

Arkansas-LSU

LSU travels to Arkansas for a 3-game, Thursday-Saturday SEC baseball series. 14Powers.com SEC Baseball previews the series and predicts the series winner.

Ma'Khail Hilliard, LSU
Ma’Khail Hilliard, LSU
Baum-Walker Stad. (10,737)
Baum-Walker Stad. (10,737)
Casey Martin, Arkansas
Casey Martin, Arkansas

Series Schedule May 9-11

Day Start Time (CT) TV Tickets
Game 1 Thursday 6:30 PM CT ESPNU Tickets
Game 2 Friday 6:30 PM CT SEC NETWORK + Tickets
Game 3 Saturday 2:00 PM CT ESPN2 Tickets

Team Statistical Comparison

Hitting

BA OB% R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB CS SB
LSU 0.273 0.359 329 453 75 7 47 300 192 17 46
Arkansas 0.309 0.410 392 526 110 14 64 364 266 13 64

Pitching & Fielding

ERA K OBA H R ER BB 2B 3B HR F%
LSU 4.67 420 0.250 414 247 224 189 83 4 43 0.977
Arkansas 4.00 479 0.227 369 223 193 192 60 3 38 0.971

Statistical Leaders

LSU Batting Leaders

Name AVG OBP SLG OPS R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB
Josh Smith 0.348 0.444 0.525 0.969 56 63 11 0 7 28 22 35 15
Zach Watson 0.331 0.381 0.506 0.887 42 57 15 0 5 30 13 34 10
Antoine Duplantis 0.305 0.363 0.463 0.826 45 62 4 2 8 50 16 22 5
Chris Reid 0.304 0.438 0.420 0.858 22 34 10 0 1 26 27 19 1
Daniel Cabrera 0.293 0.365 0.541 0.906 28 46 8 2 9 40 17 40 0
Cade Beloso 0.280 0.332 0.440 0.772 24 47 3 0 8 41 15 30 1

LSU Pitching Leaders

Name W L ERA SHO SV IP H R ER BB SO OBA
Cole Henry 4 2 3.26 0 0 49.2 43 20 18 12 60 0.228
Zack Hess 3 3 4.47 0 0 54.1 62 29 27 26 59 0.288
Eric Walker 4 4 5.30 0 0 52.2 51 31 31 20 45 0.255

Arkansas Batting Leaders

Name AVG OBP SLG OPS R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB
Matt Goodheart 0.383 0.494 0.526 1.020 24 51 12 2 1 31 28 30 5
Trevor Ezell 0.330 0.454 0.544 0.998 57 60 17 2 6 36 42 37 15
Heston Kjerstad 0.327 0.401 0.579 0.980 43 66 10 1 13 42 15 50 3
Dominic Fletcher 0.317 0.379 0.545 0.924 44 64 19 0 9 45 20 41 1
Jack Kenley 0.309 0.436 0.543 0.979 46 54 6 4 9 38 35 45 7
Christian Franklin 0.306 0.394 0.476 0.870 34 45 5 1 6 32 20 43 8
Casey Martin 0.302 0.386 0.575 0.961 51 64 19 3 11 47 25 57 8
Jacob Nesbit 0.272 0.356 0.373 0.729 28 43 7 0 3 40 23 37 6
Casey Opitz 0.246 0.382 0.294 0.676 23 31 3 0 1 23 27 31 5

Arkansas Pitching Leaders

Name W L ERA SHO SV IP H R ER BB SO OBA
Isaiah Campbell 8 1 2.54 0 0 78.0 61 29 22 13 87 0.213
Patrick Wicklander 5 1 3.91 0 0 50.2 35 25 22 29 71 0.198
Connor Noland 2 3 4.39 0 0 53.1 53 30 26 12 43 0.252

NCAA RPI

LSU:

23

Arkansas:

5

LSU Roster

No. Name Pos. Bats-Throws Ht. Wt. Class City State
2 Daniel Cabrera OF L/L 6′-1″ 191 So. Baton Rouge LA
3 Hal Hughes INF R/R 5′-11″ 174 So. Norman OK
4 Josh Smith INF L/R 5′-10″ 172 Jr. Greenwell Springs LA
5 Drew Bianco INF R/R 6′-0″ 219 Fr. Oxford MS
6 Gavin Dugas INF R/R 5′-10″ 199 Fr. Houma LA
7 Giovanni DiGiacomo OF L/L 6′-1″ 172 Fr. Naples FL
8 Antoine Duplantis OF L/L 5′-11″ 177 Sr. Lafayette LA
9 Zach Watson OF R/R 6′-0″ 160 Jr. Ruston LA
10 Eric Walker RHP R/R 6′-0″ 173 So. Arlington TX
11 Landon Marceaux RHP R/R 6′-0″ 190 Fr. Destrehan LA
13 Saul Garza C R/R 6′-3″ 229 So. Edinburg TX
16 Brandt Broussard INF R/R 5′-10″ 162 Sr. Baton Rouge LA
17 Chris Reid INF L/R 5′-9″ 182 Sr. Baton Rouge LA
18 Cole Henry RHP R/R 6′-4″ 214 Fr. Florence AL
20 Will Ripoll RHP R/R 6′-0″ 177 Fr. New Orleans LA
21 Nick Storz RHP R/R 6′-6″ 249 So. Brooklyn NY
22 Brock Mathis C R/R 6′-1″ 200 So. Fairfield OH
23 CJ Willis 1B/OF/C L/R 6′-2″ 192 Fr. Ruston LA
24 Cade Beloso 1B L/L 6′-0″ 227 Fr. River Ridge LA
26 AJ Labass RHP R/R 6′-3″ 222 So. Fleming Island FL
27 Matthew Beck RHP R/R 6’7″ 241 Jr. Alexandria LA
28 Devin Fontenot RHP R/R 6′-1″ 172 So. The Woodlands TX
29 Chase Costello RHP R/R 6′-4″ 221 Fr. Pompano Beach FL
30 Trent Vietmeier RHP R/R 6′-3″ 208 So. Pittsburgh PA
32 Aaron George RHP R/R 6′-5″ 232 Jr. Monroe LA
35 Clay Moffitt RHP R/R 6′-4″ 247 Sr. Baton Rouge LA
38 Zack Hess RHP R/R 6′-6″ 219 Jr. Forest VA
40 Riggs Threadgill RHP R/R 6′-4″ 225 Fr. Fredericksburg TX
41 Caleb Gilbert RHP R/R 6′-2″ 201 Sr. Hoover AL
43 Todd Peterson RHP R/R 6′-5″ 230 Jr. Lake Mary FL
44 Jaden Hill RHP R/R 6′-4″ 217 Fr. Ashdown AR
45 Braden Doughty C R/R 6′-1″ 184 So. Denham Springs LA
46 Rye Gunter RHP R/R 6′-5″ 216 Fr. Coppell TX
52 Ma’Khail RHP R/R 6′-0″ 154 So. Central LA
55 Easton McMurray LHP R/L 6′-4″ 226 Fr. Bakersfield CA

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

Schedule/Results

LSU

Arkansas

Date Opponent Score
15-Feb vs UL Monroe W 12-7
16-Feb vs Army W 6-5
17-Feb vs Air Force W 17-5
19-Feb vs SE Louisiana W 6-5
20-Feb @ Northwestern St postponed
22-Feb vs Bryant W 13-6
23-Feb vs Bryant W 17-8
24-Feb vs Bryant W 4-3
26-Feb vs South Alabama postponed
27-Feb vs Southern W 17-4
1-Mar @ Texas L 8-1
2-Mar @ Texas L 8-4
3-Mar @ Texas L 7-6
6-Mar vs Holy Cross W 9-2
8-Mar vs California W 4-3
9-Mar vs California L 5-2
10-Mar vs California W 5-4
12-Mar-19 Northwestern State L 3-1
13-Mar vs Texas Southern W 16-5
15-Mar vs Kentucky W 2-1
16-Mar vs Kentucky W 16-4
17-Mar vs Kentucky W 7-2
20-Mar vs Nicholls W 5-4
22-Mar @ Georgia W 1-0
23-Mar @ Georgia L 2-0
24-Mar @ Georgia L 9-7
27-Mar vs McNeese L 2-0
28-Mar @ Mississippi St L 6-5
29-Mar @ Mississippi St W 10-5
30-Mar @ Mississippi St W 11-2
2-Apr vs Grambling W 9-0
3-Apr-19 vs South Alabama W 2-0
5-Apr vs Texas A&M W 2-1
6-Apr vs Texas A&M L 6-4
7-Apr vs Texas A&M W 9-3
9-Apr @ Southern L 7-2
12-Apr @ Missouri W 12-11
13-Apr @ Missouri L 4-1
14-Apr @ Missouri L 11-5
16-Apr @ Louisiana L 6-5
18-Apr vs Florida L 16-9
19-Apr vs Florida W 13-1
20-Apr vs Florida W 11-2
23-Apr vs Lamar W 5-3
26-Apr @ Alabama L 6-1
27-Apr @ Alabama W 5-2
28-Apr @ Alabama W 5-4
3-May vs Ole Miss W 8-3
4-May vs Ole Miss L 5-1
5-May vs Ole Miss L 19-15
7-May vs La Tech L 12-1
9-May @ Arkansas
10-May @ Arkansas
11-May @ Arkansas
14-May vs New Orleans
16-May vs Auburn
17-May vs Auburn
18-May vs Auburn
Date Opponent Score
15-Feb vs E Illinois W 15-7
16-Feb vs E Illinois W 12-3
17-Feb vs E Illinois W 3-2
21-Feb @ USC W 6-3
22-Feb @ USC W 8-6
23-Feb @ USC L 6-4
27-Feb vs Memphis W 10-3
1-Mar vs Stony Brook W 3-1
2-Mar vs Stony Brook W 4-3
3-Mar vs Stony Brook W 15-7
5-Mar vs Charlotte Cancelled
6-Mar vs Charlotte W 9-2
8-Mar vs La Tech W 4-2
9-Mar vs La Tech L 12-7
10-Mar vs La Tech W 11-0
12-Mar vs W Illinois W 8-0
13-Mar vs W Illinois W 11-1
15-Mar vs Missouri W 2-0
16-Mar vs Missouri W 4-3
17-Mar vs Missouri W 3-2
19-Mar @ Texas W 11-4
20-Mar @ Texas L 7-6
22-Mar @ Alabama W 12-3
23-Mar @ Alabama L 10-0
24-Mar @ Alabama W 10-2
26-Mar @ Missouri State W 8-2
29-Mar vs Ole Miss W 5-3
30-Mar vs Ole Miss L 4-3
31-Mar vs Ole Miss L 10-5
2-Apr vs Little Rock L 17-7
5-Apr @ Auburn L 6-3
5-Apr @ Auburn W 9-6
6-Apr @ Auburn W 8-0
9-Apr vs Oral Roberts W 15-8
12-Apr @ Vanderbilt L 3-2
13-Apr @ Vanderbilt L 12-2
14-Apr @ Vanderbilt W 14-12
16-Apr vs Ark-Pine Bluff W 16-4
18-Apr vs Mississippi St W 5-3
19-Apr vs Mississippi St W 12-5
20-Apr vs Mississippi St W 10-2
23-Apr vs Northwestern St W 19-2
24-Apr vs Northwestern St L 10-7
26-Apr vs Tennessee W 11-9
27-Apr vs Tennessee W 15-3
28-Apr vs Tennessee W 4-3
30-Apr vs Grambling W 17-3
3-May @ Kentucky W 5-2
5-May @ Kentucky W 9-1
5-May @ Kentucky W 4-3
9-May vs LSU
10-May vs LSU
11-May vs LSU
16-May @ Texas A&M
17-May @ Texas A&M
18-May @ Texas A&M

LSU-Arkansas Prediction

This appears to be one of the better matchups for the weekend; historic SEC power LSU visiting Arkansas. In truth though, this isn’t your daddy’s LSU team that won back-to-back CWS titles back in the previous millennium. The Tigers are a middle of the pack SEC west team. They’ve won two more conference games than middle of the pack SEC east team Mizzou. On Tuesday night the Tigers fell to Louisiana Tech 12-1 in Baton Rouge. LSU isn’t horrible but they aren’t a contender in the SEC. Arkansas might sweep this series but the Tigers should at least pull out a win. Arkansas 2 wins, LSU 1 win.

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