Jason Ivester

Chad Spanberger Likely to Play for Hogs against Louisiana Tech

Chad Spanberger may get his first action of the season after battling back from a rib injury. But the Arkansas sophomore could be facing a tough lefthander when the Hogs face Louisiana Tech.

Chad Spanberger has been on the sideline as Arkansas opened the season with eight straight victories. The big outfielder has not played because of a soft tissue injury in the rib cage.

Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn indicated Tuesday that the 6-3, 235-pound sophomore from Granite City, Ill., would likely be in the lineup against Louisiana Tech. Game time Wednesday is 3:05 p.m. at Baum Stadium.

"I think he'll play, but I'm not sure if he will be in the field or not," Van Horn said when asked if Spanberger would play outfield or be used as a designated hitter.

The rub is that Spanberger won't find an easy touch on the mound for the Bulldogs. The big lefty is going to find a big lefty to face. Tyler Clancy (6-3, 195) will start for Tech. He's 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 11.1 innings of work.

Clancy was the starter in the opener for the 5-2 Bulldogs. He shutdown Prairie View. But that's not the outing that caught the eye of the UA coaching staff. Last week in a midweek game, Clancy helped Tech beat No. 6 Louisiana-Lafayette, 6-2. He pitched six shutout innings, striking out nine and walking three. He gave up five hits while throwing 107 pitches.

Clancy is expected to be the No. 1 starter for the Bulldogs once they settle into conference games. But Van Horn said it's clear that head coach Greg Goff wanted to have Clancy ready in midweek games against ULL and Arkansas.

Clancy recorded a team-best six wins on the mound as a weekend starter for the Bulldogs last year. He posted a 6-6 record with a 4.99 earned run average. He pitched in 14 games, all as a starter and went 79.1 innings, while allowing 88 hits, 50 runs, 44 earned runs and 27 walks. He truck out 41 batters he faced on the season, holding batters to a .278 average.

Goff's background is as an SEC pitching coach at Kentucky, but he's been a head coach the last 12 seasons. He came to Tech last season after seven seasons as head coach at Campbell College and before that four at Montevallo.

Goff has gone almost exclusively with transfers in his two seasons at Tech. He's got 29 transfers on his 35-man roster, 17 from junior colleges. There are 10 seniors and 21 juniors on the roster.

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