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The second day of 2012 College World Series action continues on Saturday with the first of two games set between Kent State and Arkansas.
Kent State (46-18) had a really interesting road on their way to the college world series. In their opening round of postseason play against Kentucky, they needed 21 innings to get past the Wildcats in game one and went on to win game two to advance to their super regional round where they ousted Oregon in dramatic fashion.
They have been producing runs at a rapid pace over their last 23 games where they have averaged over 7 per game. Hoping they can keep this hot streak at the plate going is Saturday’s starting pitcher David Starn.
The senior is 11-3 on the year and heading into the postseason was pitching quite well and had not allowed more than 3 earned runs in all 15 of his starts. But he has been hittable in the NCAA tournament and has allowed 4 earned runs per game in 12 1/3 innings worth of work.
Arkansas (44-20) has not been quite as impressive at the plate and have eked out one-run wins in four of their five tournament games. Their super regional deciding game against Baylor was by a score of 1-0.
But it is very evident that their pitching has played a huge role in their success. Not so much from their starters, but from the bullpen where in 11 innings of postseason work, relievers have allowed just seven hits and two runs.
DJ Baxendale will get the start for the Razorbacks on Saturday. For the year, Baxendale is 7-5 with a 3.18 ERA. His stats are not as impressive as his counterpart, but it must be noted he pitches in arguably one of the best conferences in college baseball in the SEC.
Bovada Sportsbook has fielded their Kent State vs Arkansas Betting Lines and have tagged the razorbacks as the betting favorite with a moneyline set at -190. The Golden Flashes have their line set at +165.
This matchup is set for 5:00 pm ET and can be seen live on ESPN.