VandyBoys: Arkansas Series Preview

After an extra inning walk-off thriller in the midweek matchup against Indiana State that included an incredible steal from Enrique Bradfield Jr….

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…the VandyBoys will try and keep the momentum going as they travel to Fayetteville to match up with the Arkansas Razorbacks. Winners in 3 of their last 4 SEC series, and 10 of their last 16 contests, the VandyBoys finally seem to be finding their mojo and turning the corner just before for the postseason.

The Dores will likely need to win their last two SEC series and reach 16 conference wins to have a realistic chance to be a regional host site. Vanderbilt currently sits at number 5 in the RPI, which certainly doesn’t hurt their chances of hosting. The latest D1 Baseball projection has the Commodores as a 2 seed in the College Park (Maryland) regional.

However, winning the last two SEC series won’t be an easy task.

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It starts this weekend against a very tough Arkansas team coached by Dave Van Horn. The Hogs have been nearly unbeatable inside of Baum-Walker Stadium the last several years. Arkansas holds a 28-5 record at home this season and hasn’t lost a series there since 2019. Inside that stadium truly is one of the most raucous environments and toughest places to play in the SEC, if not the entire country.

Arkansas carries an overall record of 36-12 (16-8) into this weekend. Hogs have won 6 of their 8 SEC series including the last two against Ole Miss and Auburn. Don’t expect anything to come easy for the VandyBoys this weekend in Fayetteville as Tim Corbin tries to slow down a hot Arkansas Razorback squad.

Probable starters have been officially announced and are listed below:

Friday: Devin Futrell vs. Connor Noland
Saturday: Chris McElvain vs. Hagen Smith
Sunday: Carter Holton vs. Jaxon Wiggins

Biggest series of the season awaits for guys in black and gold.

Will the VandyBoys continue their contagious momentum as they look to pursue a top 16 seed and host a regional, or will the Dores take a step back this weekend in Fayetteville?

We will find out sooner rather than later.

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