Pitching Pair Makes Debut

Arkansas has been anxiously awaiting the return of pitchers Mike Bolsinger and Bryan Bingham. On Tuesday, that wait finally ended.

Bolsinger — a 6-foot-2 junior — and Bingham, a 6-6 junior, had been forced to sit out the first couple of weeks this season. Bolsinger was out with a case of mononucleosis and Bingham was out with a rib cage injury, but Tuesday both saw extensive work out of the bullpen for the Razorbacks.

"I was just ready to go," said Bingham, who worked two scoreless innings. "You know I've been missing it and I've been seeing the whole team go out there for practice every day, and it just kills me that I couldn't go out there the last couple of months. But now I'm back and feeling good."

After Bingham's perfect sixth and seventh innings on the mound, Bolsinger came in and looked sharp at first before wearing down in his second inning of work.

"Bolsinger kind of really just ran out of gas because he's not in really good shape coming off of mono," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. "He just got a little fatigued, but I thought Bingham did a great job. It was kind of nice to see.

"We knew we had them and we wanted to get them in the game tonight and give them some rest to get them ready for this weekend. So that's one reason we threw both of those guys tonight."

Thanks, Ben

Arkansas freshman infielder Bo Bigham made his first appearance as a Razorback on Tuesday. Starting at second base, Bigham — a native of Texarkana — was 2-for-4 with one RBI and one stolen base.

But while Bigham was happy to finally see the field, he joked of his appreciation of fellow second baseman Ben Tschepikow for giving him the chance.

"It was nice for Ben to finally let me play a little bit, so I've got to give him thanks for that," Bigham said. "And we just came out here and did what we had to do."

On Deck

Arkansas is expected to send Brett Eibner to the mound today for his second start of the season. In his first outing, Eibner allowed three runs in 2 1/3 innings in a 9-3 loss against Kansas. The Crusaders will counter with their ace, Alex Berry. In one appearance this year, Berry allowed four runs in six innings in a 5-0 loss to Arkansas-Little Rock.



WHEN: 3:05 p.m., today.

WHERE: Baum Stadium, Fayetteville.

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

RECORDS: Valparaiso 4-2; Arkansas 6-1.

PROBABLE PITCHERS: Valparaiso, Alex Berry (0-1, 6.00 ERA); Arkansas, Brett Eibner (0-1, 11.57 ERA).

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