Bolsinger Back In Weekend Rotation

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn was more than happy to reveal his weekend rotation following Wednesday's dramatic, 9-8 win in 10 innings against Kansas. That's because Van Horn was more than ready to announce the return of Mike Bolsinger.

Originally expected to be out four to six weeks from the start of the season, Bolsinger will start Sunday this weekend as Arkansas hosts to Western Illinois. The junior righthander was thought to be battling from a severe case of mononucleosis, but now appears healthy enough to take the mound.

"I don't know if you guys have gotten wind of this, but Bolsinger is at the very end of his mono," Van Horn said. "He was diagnosed with some type of Rocky Mountain fever in late fall, and we think it was the beginning of his mono now.

"So they're saying he's good to go and I think he's going to give us a few innings on Sunday. And that's some good news."

Van Horn also said junior Bryan Bingham is close to returning from a rib cage injury as well. Expected to miss up to two weeks with the injury, Van Horn believes the Navarro College transfer will be ready by the middle of next week.

Keuchel One Inning Away

Dallas Keuchel made one mistake in his first outing of the 2009 season.

In his second start, Keuchel limited his mistakes to one inning.

Other than allowing a four-run second to the Jayhawks, Keuchel was strong. In six innings, the junior lefthander gave up the four second-inning runs on seven hits while walking none and striking out six.

"He did a great job," Van Horn said. "We could have thrown him another inning, but he was right at 80 pitches. A lot of teams the second time out they'll get their starters up to 90 (pitches), but we just felt like we needed to go get him.

"I'm just glad we didn't have to go too many more innings. Because we were looking at going and getting a freshman or two in there, and that would have been a tough situation to get into."

In two starts, Keuchel has a 4.50 earned run average and now has walked two batters in 12 innings.

Fighting Through A Slump

Arkansas sophomore center fielder/pitcher Brett Eibner is off to a slow start at the plate this season.

Eibner had another woeful day in the batter's box Wednesday, going 0-for-4 with a walk and four strikeouts. He's 2-for-18 with two singles and 12 strikeouts in five games.

But as the Razorbacks prepare for a weekend series against Western Illinois, Van Horn said taking Eibner out of the lineup is not the plan.

"We all know Brett Eibner is a lot better hitter than he is (right now)," Van Horn said. "He's just in a bad funk right now. But I'm going to with him again this weekend because we've got to get him going. When we get him going, it will all start coming together."

Well, Which Is It?

After Tuesday's 9-8 win, Arkansas claims the series history against the Kansas to be at 33-13 in favor of the Razorbacks. But if you ask the Jayhawks, they comes up with much different number.

While Kansas doesn't dispute Arkansas leading the series all-time, it believes there's several games missing from the Razorbacks' results. Kansas lists a 19-game difference, claiming the series to now be 39-26 in favor of the Diamond Hogs.



WHEN: 3:05 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Baum Stadium, Fayetteville

ON THE AIR: KFAY-AM 1030; KURM-AM 790, FM 100.3; KHGG-AM 1580, FM 103.1; KXIO-FM 106.9

RECORDS: Western Illinois 0-4; Arkansas 4-1

SERIES: Arkansas leads, 3-0

LAST MEETING: Razorbacks won, 12-6, on May 19, 2008 in Fayetteville.

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