Arnold, Ewing Leave UA Baseball Team

FAYETTEVILLE -- Second baseman James Ewing and outfielder Clint Arnold have informed Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn of their plans to transfer.

"Some coaches get all upset and won't release them, but I'm not going to be that way," Van Horn said. "If they want to play somewhere else, I'm going to release them as long as it's not another SEC school."

Ewing's three-run, eighth-inning double was the difference in a 6-2 win against Princeton in the NCAA Fayetteville Regional earlier this month. The true freshman from Beaumont, Texas, missed 22 games with a fractured foot, but still managed 30 starts at second base while batting .379 with 12 doubles and 21 RBIs in 124 at-bats.

"James is good kid. He just misses that bond with his brother," Van Horn said. "It's disappointing because we didn't know. We talked and he said he loves this program, loves the coaches and loves the fans, so he struggled quite a bit with it. But we decided this would be best for him."

Arnold, who's from Grand Prairie, Texas, started 50 games as a freshman before struggling early offensively as a sophomore and seeing his playing time drop to 34 starts. He batted .278 this season after batting .317 last year.

"He wants to be an everyday player," Van Horn said. "If he feels like he has a better chance to play somewhere full time, than that's what he needs to do."

Van Horn said the losses, while disappointing, free up additional scholarship money which his staff plans to utilize as soon as possible.

"We've got some other things working right now," Van Horn said. "There might be a late signee or two or a transfer, you never know. But we're not done."

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