Arkansas had two coaches watch a future Razorback play baseball on Monday.
Arkansas' Barry Lunney Jr. and Reggie Mitchell saw a future Razorback play baseball on Monday at Russellville. The pair saw Greenwood (Ark.) right-handed pitcher Connor Noland dazzle on the mound as he has done all season.
The Bulldogs will begin conference play on Saturday. Noland won't be able to attend Arkansas' spring game that day, but when not playing baseball he has been working the recruiting scene hard for the Razorbacks.
"I think we have a great shot at several," Noland said. "I've been on (Gerry) Bohanon hard. I'm talking to a bunch of guys all the time."
Noland is also committed to Arkansas for baseball. In addition to being a 4-star recruit with both 247Sports and the 247Composite, Noland is getting high marks in baseball as well. Monday's game that Mitchell and Lunney saw is a good example of why he's thought of so well on the baseball diamond as well.
"We won 3-0 and I pitched a complete game 3-hit shutout I struck out 10," Noland said. "I didn't allow a walk and was 2-for-3 hitting with an RBI.
"On the season our team is 21-6 and we've won 13 games in a row. I'm 6-1 pitching with an ERA of 0.477, WHIP .750 and have 70 strikeouts and only allowed seven walks over 44 innings. I'm batting .359 with an OPS of .967. I have 22 RBI's, 21 Runs and have hit two home runs."
Noland could be either a starter or reliever at Arkansas early in his career. At some point he will likely become a starter. He is also expected to bat with the Razorbacks.
As a sophomore. Noland was 5-4 on the mound with an ERA of 1.85. He had 60 strikeouts in 49 innings. He also hit .372 with 11 doubles, two triples and knocked in 22 runs.
Prior to this season, Noland was named a second-team Rawlings-Perfect Game Preseason Underclass All-American. Rated among the Top 100 baseball recruits in the nation for 2018.
Even as a freshman, Noland was named all-state and all-state tournament team. He also made all-state in 2016. At the 2016 Perfect Game Junior National Showcase, Noland rated a 9.5 out of a possible 10.
He committed to Bret Bielema and Dave Van Horn on July 20, 2016. He had 11 football offers including from such schools as Penn State, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Kentucky, North Carolina, UCLA and Missouri.