Now the game that was originally scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Friday will begin at 11 a.m. today. Game 2 will start at approximately 3:06 p.m. and be aired on Fox Sports Southwest.
A late-night call from Southeastern Conference associate commissioner Charles Bloom alerted both teams that the first game must be nine innings. If not completed by 3:15, because of contractual obligations with FSN, the first game will be suspended and game two will begin. After the completion of the second game, the first game will then be completed.
"It's supposed to start raining at (5:44 CST), according to their radar, and rain for three hours straight," said Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn. "They've got a radar they said it's unbelievable. It rained the other day and it was only about 50 seconds off."
While the Wildcats (21-19, 3-14) packed it in, Van Horn didn't give the No. 23 Razorbacks (32-11, 8-10) the night completely off. They ran 10, 60-yard dashes (forward and backward) in the left-field grass in Hagan Stadium.
"Just try to get (the blood) going a little bit," Van Horn said. "We stretched and we hit, but we hadn't ran because we've been hanging around the hotel a lot. It's hard being on the road so much because you're out of your routine.
"Now, I told them they won't feel so guilty about going and eating because we ran some."
Both teams will keep the same pitching rotations with Hogs' freshman Nick Schmidt (5-1, 2.62) starting against junior Kalen Gibson (4-1, 5.44) in the opener. Arkansas' Daryl Maday (5-0, 2.86) will start Game 2 against Kentucky's Aaron Tennyson (5-1, 3.72).
Arkansas second baseman John Henry Marquardt limped through Friday's wind sprints with cartilage damage in his right knee. Marquardt, who has had two surgeries on each knee, consulted a doctor on Wednesday and his status remains questionable for the series and the rest of the season.
"The doctor said that if he can't play this weekend, he may have to have surgery," Van Horn said. "If you see, I didn't have him in the lineup. He can still swing the bat, but he can't run very good so we'll just have to see."
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