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The No. 9 Arkansas Razorbacks (2-1) host the Grambling Tigers (1-2) for their home opener at Baum-Walker Stadium in Fayetteville Tuesday afternoon.
After a blockbuster showing in the College Baseball Showdown, which ended in an 18-1 loss of #15 Oklahoma State, the Diamond Hogs will get an easier test in their first midweek game of the year.
Grambling went 1-2 in his first weekend of play at the Cactus Jack HBCU Classic, which featured losses to Prairie View A&M and Southern and a 14-4 win over Mississippi Valley State on Sunday.
Getting the starting nod on the mound for Arkansas will be freshman right-hand big man Ben Bybee, who faced two batters in the bottom of the ninth inning of Arkansas’ 18-6 loss to No. 8 TCU on Saturday. Bybee hails from Blue Valley Southwest High School in Overland Park, Kansas and was rated the No. 4 by Perfect Game and right-handed pitcher No. 2 in Kansas for the class of 2022.
The Tigers will start preseason Second Team All-SWAC lefty Jacorey Boudreaux on the mound. He started 13 games and appeared in 17 during the 2022 season, and posted a 7.29 ERA in 70 1/3 innings with 54 walks and 67 strikeouts.
HawgBeat will have you covered with live updates, stats, commentary and more as you play, and you can check out details on how to watch, starting pitchers, starting lineups when they’re released, notes and more below:
How to watch/listen
Who: Arkansas Razorbacks (2-1) vs. Grambling Tigers (1-2)
When: 3:00 PM CT Tuesday
Where: Fayetteville, Arkansas — Baum-Walker Stadium
Stream/Online: SEC+ Network (Brett Dolan and Troy Eklund)
Radio: Learfield Razorback Sports Network (Phil Elson and Bubba Carpenter)
Arkansas starting pitcher
RHP freshman Ben Bybee
6’6″, 235 lbs / Overland Park, Kan. / Blue Valley Southwest HS
2023 stats: 0.00 ERA, 1 GP, 0.1 IP, 1K, 1HB
Grambling starting pitcher
Senior LHP graduate Jacorey Boudreaux
5’11”, 192 lbs / Houston, Texas / Oak Ridge HS / UT-San Antonio
2023 stats: 9.00 ERA, 1 GP, 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 K
~ Arkansas ranked by all six major college baseball polls after the first weekend of the season:
D1Baseball – #9 (-1)
Perfect Game – No. 3 (+1)
NCBWA – #7 (-1)
USA Today Coaches – No. 6 (outdated)
Collegiate Baseball – No. 7
Baseball America – No. 11
~ It has been 282 days since Arkansas last home game. The Hogs last played at Baum-Walker Stadium in a seven-inning 5-0 loss to Vanderbilt on May 15, 2022.
The Razorbacks have played 19 straight away games since then, traveling to five different states in that span: Alabama, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Nebraska and Texas.
~ Tuesday’s home opener against Grambling would mark the start of 18 home games, the longest stretch of consecutive games at home by the Hogs since 1982. That season, Arkansas played 22 straight games at George Cole Field to start the year and finish the campaign with an overall record of 40-15-2.
~ 1982 also marked head coach Dave Van Horn’s first – and only – season as a Razorback. A standout infielder, Van Horn earned All-Southwest Conference honors, including Newcomer of the Year honors, and was selected as the Hogs Most Valuable Player that season.
~ The Razorbacks faced Grambling in a two-game midweek series on March 15-16 of last season. Arkansas outscored the Tigers 27-4 in both eight inning games.
~ Arkansas is 9-0 all time against Grambling. All but one of the nine games were played in Fayetteville, with one being played at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock.
~ Grambling was drafted preseason to finish second in the West Division of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
~ Three Tigers players were named First Team All-SWAC preseason: SS Cameron Bufford, OF Trevor Hatton, OF Terry Burrell. Catcher Julian Murphy and Boudreaux were named to the second team.
Some notes courtesy of Arkansas Communications
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