Nick Lodolo excited to pitch in his first regional for TCU
Junior left-hander Brandon Williamson started Friday night against Cal.
It was a decision coach Jim Schlossnagle waited to make until seeing how Arkansas did Friday afternoon in Game 1 of the Fayetteville Regional.
The top-seeded Razorbacks handled No. 4 seed Central Connecticut 11-5 to advance to the winner’s bracket semifinal at 6 p.m. Saturday at Baum-Walker Stadium.
Third seed TCU opens against No. 2 seed Cal at 6 p.m. Friday.
Williamson (4-5, 4.30 ERA) faces the Bears’ ace Jared Horn, who is 6-1 with a 1.82 ERA in 69 1/3 inning.
TCU ace Nick Lodolo (6-5, 2.48 ERA) will be held to face the Razorbacks (42-17), which will be in front of more than 13,000 fans at Baum-Walker Stadium at 6 p.m. Saturday. If the Frogs lose Friday night, Lodolo could be used to start the elimination game at noon Saturday.
Arkansas will start their top starter, right-hander Isaiah Campbell (10-1, 2.37 ERA), Saturday night.