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The No. 9 Arkansas Razorbacks (2-1) host the Grambling Tigers (1-2) for the home opener at Baum-Walker Stadium in Fayetteville on Tuesday afternoon.
After a successful performance at the College Baseball Showdown, which was capped by an 18-1 rout of No. 15 Oklahoma State, the Diamond Hogs will get an easier test in their first midweek game of the year.
Grambling went 1-2 in its 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 go-ahead to start on the mound for Arkansas will be freshman right-hander big Ben Bybee, who faced two batters late in 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 he was ranked Perfect Game’s No. 4 overall prospect and Kansas’ No. 2 right-handed pitcher for the class of 2022.
The Tigers will start the preseason of second-team All-SWAC left-hander Jacorey Boudreaux on the mound. He started 13 games and appeared in 17 during the 2022 season, and he posted a 7.29 ERA in 70 1/3 innings with 54 walks and 67 strikeouts.
HawgBeat will give you live updates, stats, commentary, and more throughout the game, and you can check out details on how to watch, starting pitchers, starting lineups when they’re published, notes and more below:
How to watch/listen
WHO: Arkansas Razorbacks (2-1) vs. Grambling Tigers (1-2)
When: 3 p.m. CT Tuesday
Or: 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
Freshman RHP Ben Bybee
6’6″, 235 lbs / Overland Park, Kan. / Blue Valley Southwest HS
2023 Stats: 0.00 ERA, 1 GP, 0.1 IP, 1 K, 1 HB
Grambling starter pitcher
LHP Senior Alumnus 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 is ranked by the six major college baseball polls after the first weekend of the season:
D1Baseball – No. 9 (-1)
Perfect Game – No. 3 (+1)
NCBWA – No. 7 (-1)
USA Today Coaches – No. 6 (not updated)
College Baseball – No. 7
Baseball America – No. 11
~ It’s been 282 days since Arkansas’ last home game. The last time the Hogs played at Baum-Walker Stadium was in a seven-inning 5-0 loss to Vanderbilt on May 15, 2022.
The Razorbacks have played 19 consecutive away games since then, traveling to five different states during that span – Alabama, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Nebraska and Texas.
~ Tuesday’s home opener against Grambling will mark the start of an 18-game homestand, the Hogs’ longest streak of consecutive home games since 1982. That season, Arkansas played 22 consecutive 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 accolades, 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 last season. Arkansas outscored the Tigers 27-4 in the two eight-inning games.
~ Arkansas is 9-0 against Grambling. All but one of the nine games were played in Fayetteville, while one was played at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock.
~ Grambling was selected in the preseason to finish second in the Southwestern Athletic Conference West Division.
~ Three Tigers players were named preseason All-SWAC First Team: SS Cameron Bufford, OF Trevor Hatton, OF Terry Burrell. Receiver Julian Murphy and Boudreaux were named to the second team.
Some notes courtesy of Arkansas Communications
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