After four consecutive road games, No. 7 Arkansas (30-11, 11-7 SEC) makes its way back to Baum-Walker Stadium for an SEC weekend series at home against Western Division foe Texas A&M (25-16, 9-9 SEC).
The three-game set between the Razorbacks and Aggies gets going at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 27, on ESPNU. Game two of the series is slated to begin at 6 p.m. Friday, April 28, on SEC Network+, while first pitch in the finale is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, April 29, on SEC Network.
Arkansas enters the weekend with an 11-7 record in conference play. Arkansas, 11-7 or better in SEC play for the fourth straight season, is the only SEC team in that span to start 11-7 or better in league play for four consecutive seasons.
On the Mound
Thursday, April 27
Texas A&M TBA vs. Arkansas LHP Hunter Hollan (6-2, 3.40 ERA)
Friday, April 28
Texas A&M TBA vs. Arkansas TBA
Saturday, April 29
Texas A&M TBA vs. Arkansas TBA
Tom Hart (play-by-play) and Chris Burke (analyst) will have the call of Thursday’s game on ESPNU and Saturday’s contest on SEC Network. Brett Dolan (play-by-play) and Troy Eklund (analyst) will handle Friday’s broadcast on SEC Network+.
The entire series can also be heard on the Razorback Sports Network from Learfield, including locally in Fayetteville on 92.1 FM or through the Razorback app, with Phil Elson (play-by-play) and Bubba Carpenter (analyst) on the call. A full list of radio affiliates is available here.
Arkansas is 46-46 all-time against Texas A&M, including a perfectly even 21-21 in games played in Fayetteville. Under head coach Dave Van Horn, the Hogs are 18-14 overall and maintain a 10-5 record at home against the Aggies.
The Razorbacks have won two consecutive regular-season series at home against Texas A&M, including a three-game sweep in 2018. Arkansas has not dropped a weekend series at home against the Aggies since the 2016 campaign.
Machine of Consistency
Under head coach Dave Van Horn, Arkansas has started 11-7 or better in SEC play for four consecutive seasons. The Razorbacks are the only SEC team in that span to start 11-7 or better in league play for four straight seasons.
The Hogs need to sweep Texas A&M this weekend to move to 14-7 or better in SEC play for the fourth straight season. Arkansas has been 13-8 or better through 21 SEC games every season since 2017, including 15-6 starts in 2019 and 2021.
Home Sweet Hogs
The Hogs are 25-3 overall at home this season. Excluding the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign, Arkansas has posted six consecutive 25-win seasons at Baum-Walker Stadium, including a program-record 34-win season at home in 2018.
Arkansas’ streak of six consecutive 25-win seasons at home has coincided with its nation-leading streak of consecutive 45-win seasons. The Hogs are the only team in the country to win at least 45 games in each of the last five full seasons.
2017: 29-8 at home / 45-19 overall
2018: 34-4 at home / 48-21 overall
2019: 33-7 at home / 46-20 overall
2021: 30-8 at home / 50-13 overall
2022: 28-7 at home / 46-21 overall
2023: 25-3 at home / TBD
Caleb Stays Caliente
Infielder Caleb Cali has powered the Razorback offense throughout the month of April.
In 14 games, Cali has slashed a team-leading .385/.441/.712 (20-for-52) with five homers and 16 RBI. The Montverde, Fla., recorded his first two-homer game as a Razorback in the series finale at Georgia on April 22, finishing with three hits and a career-high five RBI. Cali is riding a 10-game hitting streak into this weekend’s series against Texas A&M.
For the season, Cali is slashing .302/.398/.563 with seven home runs and 25 RBI over 31 games. In SEC play, he boasts a team-leading .340/.429/.723 slash line with five homers and 17 RBI – both of which are team highs – in 14 games played.