FAYETTEVILLE - Arkansas' baseball game scheduled for Tuesday night against Saint Louis has been canceled because of severe weather. There will be no make-up game.
Razorbacks coach Dave Van Horn said the inability to play Tuesday is a blow to his young pitching staff.
"Ryne Stanek needed to throw," Van Horn said. "We were going to let him go six or seven innings 95 to 100 pitches possible, and we've got some young guys in the bullpen we needed to get out there and get them some time. Guys we feel like can pitch on the weekend, we just need to see them pitch a little bit more during the week and gain a little more confidence so we know we can go to them in crucial situations."
It is the second time this season the No. 16 Razorbacks have had to cancel a home game because of rain. Arkansas' anticipated nonconference game against Oklahoma on March 29 was also canceled without a make-up date.
Arkansas battled wet weather over the weekend at Kentucky. The two teams suspended their first game Friday until Saturday. The second game was suspended Saturday night and delayed again Sunday afternoon. The Razorbacks lost their first two games to the Wildcats, but were able to salvage a five-inning finale Sunday afternoon.
Arkansas junior second baseman Bo Bigham said the wet weather has been frustrating.
"You've got to fight through it," Bigham said. "This is baseball, it's spring time and it's going to rain. We need to come back and get ready for this weekend now."
Arkansas (28-11, 9-9 SEC) will travel to Georgia this weekend. Despite the loss to Kentucky last weekend, the Razorbacks are still in a three-way tie for first place atop the SEC West.
Sophomore right-hander DJ Baxendale, who has been dealing with a blister on his throwing hand, is expected to start the first game of the series. Baxendale is Arkansas' top pitcher with a 5-1 record and 1.54 earned run average. He was unable to pitch two weeks ago against Mississippi State and only made it into the third inning in his start at Kentucky.
"He's going to throw bullpen tomorrow," Van Horn said. "If that goes good, we're going to get him out there again on Friday. Then we'll go with Randall Fant on Saturday and leave it open on Sunday."
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