Van Horn Ties Up Loose Ends

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn tied up several loose ends during his final meeting with the media of the 2005 season on Wednesday.

Most involved offseason issues such as which players may not return this fall, the status of Trey Holloway's medical redshirt and a possible home-and-home series against Texas in 2007 and 2008.

In addition, Razorbacks pitchers Nick Schmidt and Shaun Seibert were named to Louisville Slugger's Freshman All-American team. Schmidt was 8-2 with a 2.80 ERA in 19 appearances while Seibert was 5-3 with a 3.60 ERA in 19 appearances.

Schmidt struck out 89 in 99 2/3 innings while Seibert had 52 strikeouts in 60 innings.

"There were some pretty good freshman pitchers this year so it's good," Van Horn said. "Schmidt should have been about 10-1 for us. We blew about four games for him.

"For Shaun, hopefully receiving the honor and being a freshman All-American will build him up over the summer and give him confidence when he comes back."

It's the second straight season Arkansas has had two freshman All-Americans after Jake Dugger and Danny Hamblin were honored a year ago.

More positive news is it appears likely Holloway will receive a medical redshirt after requiring elbow surgery and missing most of his senior season. Holloway, a left-hander from Booneville, made 10 appearances while posting a 1.17 ERA, a 3-0 record and four saves.

"Trey was one game under the limit (for a redshirt) when counting the games he played," Van Horn said. "We're about 99.9 percent sure he will be eligible and we're really excited to have him back because of his leadership and because of his ability.

"He said he learned a lot from watching from the dugout this year and that experience is going to help him, so we're looking forward to a tremendous season from him."

Arkansas trainer Dave England said Wednesday he's in the process of preparing Holloway's paperwork. He also is confident it will be approve, but said it likely will be August before the medical redshirt is officially granted.

Van Horn was uncertain exactly which players will transfer out of the program as he "left it up to them," but at least one, second baseman Brock Bond, appears to be a strong candidate.

"I think (Bond) may leave because he's kind of concerned about playing time," Van Horn said. "We have some good infielders and if he wants to come back, we want him. But if he doesn't and wants to go close to home, I'm OK with that, too. I've always been that way."

Another who may not return is pitcher T.J. Sinovich, a freshman who redshirted this season after struggling with consistency. He hasn't showed up to play summer ball yet and the coaching staff has not been in contact with him since returning from Austin.

"When he left (at the end of spring semester), the plan was for him to come back," Van Horn said. "So I don't know."

Texas, the team that ended Arkansas' season with back-to-back losses in the NCAA Austin (Texas) Regional championship rounds, could be on the Hogs' schedule in 2007 and 2008.

Van Horn said the teams will try to play three-game, home-and-home series and he sounded excited about the possibilities of renewing the old Southwest Conference rivalry.

"(Texas) Coach (Augie) Garrido and I talked after the game on Monday," Van Horn said. "I think our fans would enjoy it and that would be great for us to kick off our preseason schedule by maybe playing them a week before conference."

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