The No. 1 Arkansas Razorbacks face a challenging road series against the No. 25 Alabama Crimson Tide after a strong start to their season. Arkansas, with a 29-3 record, will be led by junior left-hander Hagen Smith, who leads the nation in strikeouts per nine innings. Alabama, with a 22-11 record, will start junior right-hander Ben Hess, who has shown talent despite a recent tough outing against Kentucky.

By the Numbers
  • Arkansas maintains a 48-53 overall series record against Alabama.
  • Hagen Smith leads the nation in strikeouts per nine innings (18.2) and is ranked third nationally in strikeouts (83).
  • Ben Hess has a 6.03 ERA through 34.1 IP this season with 57 strikeouts.
Yes, But

The Arkansas pitching staff, despite its impressive statistics, will face a challenge against a talented Alabama team.

What's Next

Friday evening's game will reveal how Arkansas and Alabama match up in this crucial series, setting the tone for the rest of the games.

Bottom Line

Arkansas's strong pitching led by Hagen Smith faces a tough test against Alabama's talent in this pivotal series opener, promising an exciting matchup for college baseball fans.