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The Arkansas Razorbacks (3-0) will play host to the Gonzaga Bulldogs this weekend for a four-game series at Baum-Walker Stadium.
The Razorbacks are coming off a season-opening sweep of Eastern Illinois, in which they outscored their opponent 27-5, over the course of three games. Arkansas is currently batting an impressive .324 as a team heading into Thursday, with 35 hits and 7 home runs. In addition, the Hogs also have 26 RBI’s on the season so far and an encouraging .434 on base percentage, while holding opponents to just a .206 batting average and 5 runs.
While it may be early, Arkansas has shown no signs of failure through 3 games, looking to be in peak midseason form. Despite the early-season struggles of Vanderbilt, Louisville and a few other Omaha regulars, the Razorbacks have withstood every test thrown at them and will look to keep the good times rolling this weekend.
As for Gonzaga, it’s been a bit of a rollercoaster start, going 2-2 through 4 games of play. The Bulldogs opened up the season with a 7-1 loss to BYU, but split a pair of games against Pac 12 powerhouse Oregon State before defeating New Mexico 5-4 on Monday.
The Bulldogs are currently batting .256 through 4 games with a .311 OBP. Gonzaga also has 34 hits on the year, but only a measly 17 runs scored in 133 at bats. For the Bulldogs to compete with Arkansas, they’re going to have to figure out how to score runs on an excellent defensive team, which is currently fielding at .982.
In comparison, the Razorbacks have 10 more runs than the Bulldogs with 25 less plate appearances. If the numbers are any indication, Arkansas should be able to get the job done this weekend at Baum and move up in the polls yet again. With Miami and Florida set to square off in Coral Gables, there’s a good chance the Hogs could even move into the top spot in the rankings with a four-game sweep of Gonzaga.
While the Zags are a lot less competitive on the diamond as they are the hardwood, a four-game series with them could get interesting if they play like they did against Oregon State and New Mexico. Of course, we expect the Razorbacks to take the series this weekend, but there might be some speed bumps along the way, as is college baseball. With that being said, it’s hard to see this Arkansas team dropping a game to Gonzaga if it keeps playing the way it has.
Southern Slams is predicting a four-game sweep for the Hogs, but will not be surprised if Gonzaga leaves Fayetteville with a win another under its belt.
Make sure to follow along with Southern Slams throughout the weekend as we continue to update you on the 2020 college baseball season!