Having played seven of their last 10 games on the road — including a brutally tough five-game stretch this past week — the Razorbacks finally return to the friendly confines of Baum Stadium. Arkansas hosts Centenary in a two-game series beginning at 6:35 p.m. today. But as coach Dave Van Horn points out, his Diamond Hogs won't be able to enjoy home but for a short while.
"I'm looking to playing back at our ballpark, that's for sure," Van Horn said. "We're only there for a couple of days then we head out to Vanderbilt. But after that it turns around and we start playing more games at home.
"And I told them, March was going to be a tough month and we haven't done very well in March. We've just been a very average, average team."
For the month of March, 12 of 22 games Arkansas is scheduled to play are away from home. That's easily the toughest road month on the schedule, with the Razorbacks playing just seven road games in April.
"It'll be nice playing at home, at our ballpark," Van Horn said. "And just being at home, we've been on the road for a week straight. We won a couple of games and lost three games. But hopefully we're going to look back in a few weeks and say those road games help our young kids and helped us get where we want to get. If not, we probably should have stayed home more (this season) that's for sure."
Centenary (13-4) is riding a four-game winning streak into the series. The Gentlemen also have the edge of an extra day's rest on Arkansas, having not played since Saturday.
"I don't know if we're going to face (pitchers) one and two or three and four," Van Horn said. "But you know what, it doesn't matter. We need to go out and do a lot better job offensively than we did Friday and Sunday."
Coming off a series in which they won in incredible fashion on Saturday but lost both bookend games, Arkansas (14-8) will try to bounce back against a Centenary team it has dominated in recent years. The Razorbacks lead the all-time series with the Gentlemen, 29-6, and haven't lost a game to Centenary since 1965.
After Sunday's loss, Van Horn was still unsure of who he would send to the mound today. Especially with injuries piling up on the pitching staff.
"I don't know (who we pitch)," Van Horn said. We couldn't go with (James Mahler) here (at LSU) because his arm's bothering him. And that's the frustrating thing. We had to send one guy home (Mike Bolsinger) because his arm was bothering him, then we get here and Mahler's arm is bothering him.
"As a matter of fact, (Kendal) Korbel told us his arm was bothering him on Friday but he decided to go ahead and pitch. So I don't know. We've just got some guys that have to be a little more resilient and help us out."
Centenary at Arkansas
WHEN: 6:35 p.m., today
WHERE: Baum Stadium, Fayetteville
RECORDS: Centenary 13-4; Arkansas 14-8
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