FAYETTEVILLE - Arkansas' high-profile nonconference baseball game with Oklahoma, which was canceled Tuesday because of rain, likely won't be made up this season, Razorbacks coach Dave Van Horn said Wednesday.
Van Horn said he would like to play the game this season, but scheduling conflicts for both teams will make doing so very difficult. Oklahoma is currently ranked No. 11 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Top 25 Poll, while Arkansas is ranked No. 13.
"The issue is that they play every Tuesday from here on out, and we play every Tuesday and once on a Wednesday," Van Horn said. "I'd play them on a Wednesday, but they don't really want to play on a Wednesday.
"If we got to May and we both needed some games, you might see it, but as of right now we'll probably make this game up in 2013 (in Fayetteville)."
Van Horn said this is the third year of a four-year agreement between the two schools. Arkansas beat Oklahoma in Fayetteville in 2009 and won the Norman Regional later that year en route to the College World Series. The Sooners beat the Razorbacks in a midweek game last season in Norman and eventually advanced to the College World Series.
The Razorbacks (18-6, 2-4 SEC) will travel to No. 25 and SEC Western Division-leading Alabama (18-7, 5-1) this weekend for a three-game series.
Van Horn said he wants to see more offensive production from his team, which scored just four runs last weekend against a talented Vanderbilt pitching staff.
"In sports or anything in life, you need confidence, and we need to get some confidence back, offensively," Van Horn said. "If you go up there and hit the ball hard the first time up, you're going to feel good about your next at-bat. If you up there and strike out the first time, you're going to be thinking about it when you go back up. We've got to get that behind us and we've got to leave those bad at-bats behind.
"If we can go out Friday and get a win, hopefully it will build some confidence for the rest of the weekend."
Sophomore left-hander Cade Lynch will get his second consecutive Friday start after an impressive performance in a no-decision last weekend, while sophomore left-hander Randall Fant will likely take the mound Sunday. Van Horn said Saturday's starting pitcher is to be determined, with sophomore right-hander and staff ace DJ Baxendale slated to come out of the bullpen for the second straight weekend.
"He's definitely coming out of the bullpen Friday and we'll start Cade Lynch again against their ace," Van Horn said. "If we're right there within a couple of runs, DJ will be the first one in.
"I'm not sure what we'll do Saturday. We'll wait and see how it goes and how many pitchers we use on Friday, and try to get a feel for what's going on."