Centenary Saving Best For Razorbacks

Dave Van Horn knows his Arkansas baseball team usually gets an opponent's best shot almost every time they take the field. He also knows some foes save up their best arsenal just for a meeting with his Razorbacks.

When No. 18 (Baseball America) Arkansas visits Centenary for a two-game series this week — beginning at 6 p.m. today — Van Horn knows his team will have its hands full. Especially when considering the Gentlemen (5-3) seem to be saving some of their best pitching arms for this series in particular.

"I know they've got a couple of guys that are just sitting there waiting on us," Van Horn said. "Because I looked at their boxscore the other night and some of their better guys didn't throw.

"They beat Texas A&M, who was ranked No. 1 at the time, in the second game of the year for Centenary. And they don't have any games on the weekend after us. So we're it for awhile for them and we'll get their best shot, and that's fine."

Sophomore Boone Whiting is one of those ace arms being saved for the Razorbacks (9-2) this week. Named co-Pitcher of the Week in the Summitt League a week ago, Whiting pitched four scoreless innings against then-No. 1 Texas A&M in the season opener, and has been well rested ever since.

Like Whiting, several Centenary pitchers haven't pitched since that first Texas A&M series, with the Gents planning well ahead for the Hogs. But just because they'll see some strong arms, the Razorbacks aren't expected to throw any junior varsity arms themselves. Instead, Brett Eibner (1-1, 4.26) is expected to get the ball today and is coming off a solid start last week against Valparaiso.

"I'd like to see Brett get the start," Arkansas pitching coach Dave Jorn said. "He's throwing the ball extremely well and really, he's looking like he could even be an weekend starter in the SEC for us."

While facing Centenary's top pitchers is a big challenge this midweek, just playing at Shreveport, La. might be the biggest task at hand. Arkansas has yet to play on the road this season, but Van Horn likes that this trip comes before SEC competition.

"I just really wanted to get the guys on the road before we open conference," Van Horn said. "And this is good for us."



TODAY'S TICKET



NO. 18 ARKANSAS AT CENTENARY

WHEN: 6 p.m. today; 3 p.m. Wednesday

WHERE: Sheehee Stadium, Shreveport, La.

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

RECORDS: Arkansas 9-2; Centenary 5-3

SERIES: Razorbacks lead, 30-7

LAST MEETING: Centenary won, 5-1 on Mar. 26, 2008 in Fayetteville

TODAY'S PROBABLE PITCHERS: Arkansas, Brett Eibner (1-1, 4.26); Centenary, Boone Whiting (0-0, 0.84)

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