The experience against these high-caliber left-handers might prove to be vital for the Razorbacks, because Kent State will have senior lefty David Starn (11-3) on the mound against Arkansas just hours before the Roth-Johnson match-up.
Arkansas first baseman Dominic Ficociello said Starn is a similar pitcher to Roth, but the Razorbacks have prepared for him.
Like Roth, Starn is a senior and Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said his experience makes him a tough pitcher to face.
"Starn is a left-hander who can really pitch," Van Horn said. "He's also a senior and when you see seniors that are left-handed, they can usually pitch. He's a crafty pitcher that can really mix it up."
Starn became Kent State's all-time strikeouts leader on April 6 against Buffalo even though he originally walked on to the Golden Flashes baseball team.
"He was throwing 79 to 81 miles an hour when I went to go watch him his senior year of high school," Kent State coach Scott Stricklin said. "I was standing there with an assistant coach at the University of Akron and his seven-year-old son. David was pitching and not pitching well.
"I looked at the Akron assistant coach's son and asked him 'do you like that pitcher?' He looked me dead in the eye and he said no and I agreed with him."
The Kent State head coach kept his eye on Starn over the next month following that afternoon, though.
"David ended up winning the state championship about a month later," Stricklin said. "He had cleaned things up, pitched really well and we offered him a walk-on spot.
"You could say we're really smart for taking him, but we're actually really lucky because he could have gone anywhere. He chose us and we're fortunate, because he's the most decorated pitcher in Kent State history."