2023 College Baseball Showdown

Arkansas Baseball To Start Hagen Smith Vs. UT At College Baseball Showdown

Arkansas Baseball To Start Hagen Smith Vs. UT At College Baseball Showdown

Texas Baseball will face Hagen Smith in the night cap of Day 1 at the College Baseball Showdown. Arkansas to face Lucas Gordon.

Feb 17, 2023 by Joe Harrington
What It's Like To Play For Coach Van Horn

Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn named his weekend rotation for the College Baseball Showdown and the highest-ranked team at the event will have its standout sophomore pitcher on the mound against Texas. 

The Razorbacks face Texas at 8 p.m. ET in the final game of Day 1 at the College Baseball Showdown and will have Hagen Smith on the mound against the Longhorns, who are ranked in several preseason polls. 

The matchup is between former Southwest Conference rivals and future SEC rivals, but also is the only game at the event featuring two teams who played at the College World Series in 2022. 

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Who Is Arkansas Pitcher Hagen Smith

Smith was a Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Freshman All-American in 2022 and was on the Freshman All-SEC Team. He was Arkansas’ No. 2 starter and made 20 appearances with a 7-2 record and a 4.66 ERA with 90 strikeouts in 77.1 innings. 

The Bullard, Texas-native was one of the greatest high school pitchers ever in the state of Texas, throwing a record-tying seven no-hitters in his career. 

Texas Pitcher Lucas Gordon Set To Be Friday Night Starter For Longhorns

There’s no secret who the Longhorns will start. That will be Lucas Gordon, who becomes the program’s new “Friday Night Starter.” Gordon was 7-2 with a 3.05 ERA in 16 starts for Texas in 2022. Texas used Ty Madden and Pete Hansen in those roles the last two seasons.  

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This isn’t the first time the two schools have played at the College Baseball Showdown. In the first year of the event in 2021, Arkansas beat Texas 4-0. It snapped a two-game losing streak against the Longhorns for Arkansas. 

Texas coach David Pierce said the poor showing of his team at the 2021 College Baseball Showdown became a rallying cry for the team that went on to advance to the College World Series.

“RTA: Remember the Arlington,” Pierce explained of the team’s catch phrase at a recent press conference. "(Going 0-3) made us better.

"It was good for our program to learn and get better."

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What Is The College Baseball Showdown Schedule?

Feb. 17 College Baseball Showdown Day 1 Schedule: 

  • 12 p.m. ET: Missouri vs. Oklahoma State
  • 4 p.m. ET: Vanderbilt vs. TCU
  • 8 p.m. ET: Arkansas vs. Texas

Feb. 18 College Baseball Showdown Day 2 Schedule: 

  • 12 p.m. ET: Oklahoma State vs. Vanderbilt
  • 4 p.m. ET: Texas vs. Missouri
  • 8 p.m. ET: TCU vs. Arkansas

Feb. 19 College Baseball Showdown Day 3 Schedule: 

  • 11:30 a.m. ET: Vanderbilt vs. Texas
  • 3:30 p.m. ET: Arkansas vs. Oklahoma State
  • 7:30 p.m. ET: Missouri vs. TCU

Which College Baseball Showdown Teams Are In The NCAA Baseball Rankings?

Yes. According to Collegiate Baseball’s 2023 DI preseason rankings, there are five preseason top 25 teams in Arlington that weekend, including two, Vanderbilt and Arkansas ranked in the top 10. 

Here’s the breakdown: 

  • No. 7 Arkansas
  • No. 9 Vanderbilt
  • No. 12 Oklahoma State
  • No. 15 TCU
  • No. 25 Texas