By Mark Lane (@therealmarklane)
FAYETTEVILLE — The Arkansas Razorbacks baseball team commences its 2017 campaign with a series against the Miami RedHawks starting Friday, Feb. 17 at Baum Stadium at 3:02 p.m.
The action can be heard right here on Fox Sports Radio 1400 with first pitch at 3:02 p.m. Phil Elson will have the play-by-play while Rick Schaeffer will have the color commentary.
This is the ninth straight season the Razorbacks will open the season at Baum Stadium. The opener against the RedHawks will be the first of a six-game home stand to start 2017. In fact, 17 of the first 22 games of the Hogs baseball season will be at Baum Stadium. Arkansas has won at least 20 home games every year since 2006.
Sophomore right-handed pitcher Blaine Knight will get the start for the Razorbacks as he goes against Miami’s right-handed pitcher Cole Gnetz. Knight is the sixth righty in the past seven seasons to start on Opening Day for the Razorbacks and the 11th under head coach Dave Van Horn. Of the last 14 Opening Day starters for the Hogs, 12 of them have been drafted, including Dominic Taccolini, who was taken in the 16th round by Toronto after appearing on the mound for Arkansas on Opening Day.
The RedHawks are slated to finish second in the East Division of the Mid-American Conference in 2017, just as they did in 2016. Miami (Ohio) finished with a 27-28 record last year, which included a 14-10 ledger against conference opponents, the third-best among MAC schools. The last time the RedHawks were in Fayetteville was 2000 for two midweek games, both of which the Hogs won by a combined score of 20-6. Arkansas also knocked off Miami (Ohio) in the NCAA Tournament in the Austin Regional in 2005 with the Hogs winning 9-5.