While fans and other observers might be ready to write the Razorbacks off, the Diamond Hogs themselves aren't ready to throw in the towel just yet. And they'll look to show that there's still some fight left in the engine beginning at 6:35 p.m. today when Oral Roberts visits Baum Stadium.
"It's a big game for us," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. "It's a home game. I would say (Oral Roberts is) going to run away with their league championship, get in the (NCAA) Tournament, be in a regional.
"It's also a big game for them. We recruit the same type player, the same region. It would be a big win for us. They've already got 20 wins, so we are going to we are going to do all we can to win it."
After Sunday, winning anything would seem like a plus for the Razorbacks. Especially after Arkansas blew an 8-2 lead in the eighth inning and eventually lost to Auburn, 12-10 in 10 innings. But despite the devastating defeat — which led to Arkansas' fourth straight SEC series loss — there's still plenty of season left to get back on track.
At least that's the hope for now.
"We just need a good midweek to get the thing rolling," junior third baseman Logan Forsythe said. "So far it's just been injury after injury. But once we get everybody healthy and get the lineup going, I think that's what's going to help us out."
Arkansas (17-13) is very limited in pitching options today and will start redshirt freshman Sam Murphy against the Golden Eagles.
"He's really the only guy we didn't use (Sunday) and we'll just try and piece it together from there," Van Horn said. "Again, it's really tough when you have to use as many pitchers on the weekend when you have midweek games."
Oral Roberts (20-7) is undefeated so far in the Summit League and should give the Razorbacks a stiff test before they head off to Florida this weekend. But either way, Arkansas just wants to show its still got some fight left after such a heartbreaker over the weekend.
"I know they've got a solid team," Van Horn said. "Almost all junior college transfers, a couple of three guys from last year. A lot of them, almost all juniors, West Coast guys. They have a good connection out there. Coach (Rob Walton) goes out there and picks up a lot of guys. You know, they're solid.
"They are tough to beat."
Oral Roberts Golden Eagles at Arkansas Razorbacks
WHEN: 6:35 p.m., today
WHERE: Baum Stadium, Fayetteville
RECORDS: Oral Roberts 20-7; Arkansas 17-13
ON THE AIR: KFAY 1030 AM; KURM 790 AM, 100.3 FM; KHGG 1580 AM, 103.1 FM; KXIO 106.9 FM
SERIES: Arkansas leads, 60-33
LAST MEETING: Oral Roberts won 5-3 on March 27, 2007 in Tulsa, Okla.
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