Schedule Sets Up Right For Razorbacks

FAYETTEVILLE — Coming off a grueling Southeastern Conference home series, Dave Van Horn welcomes any time off his team can get. So when Van Horn looks ahead to this week's schedule and sees a couple of days off, he can't help but be happy.

"I think this is good timing again," Van Horn said. "We didn't want to play two games (in midweek) and then head on the road to South Carolina, so that's kind of the way we scheduled it."

Arkansas is coming off a three-game series against Mississippi State that seemed more like four or five to the Razorbacks. Both teams battled the weather just as much as they fought each other this past weekend, being forced to play a half game Friday before finishing the game Saturday. The teams then closed the series with a pair of seven-inning games Sunday, a set that was split to give Arkansas it's third-straight SEC series win.

While the Razorbacks didn't sweep Mississippi State — dropping the series finale, 12-4 — starting 8-1 in the conference isn't anything to frown at.

"There was a lot of good things that went on this weekend," Van Horn said. "Obviously we would have liked to win all three, but that's rare in this league.

"Hopefully we'll come back and have a good game on Tuesday."

Arkansas (19-5) blasted Missouri State in its last meeting on Wednesday, 10-0 at Baum Stadium. In that game, the Razorbacks — up to No. 13 in the latest Baseball America poll — got four strong innings from Brett Eibner and solid relief work from Sam Murphy. Due in part to his latest outing, Eibner has established himself as Arkansas' most reliable midweek starter and will again get the start at 6:35 p.m. today when the Hogs visit the Bears (13-11) at Hammons Field in Springfield.

"(Brett) was spotting it all over the place with his fastball and even throwing the slider for strikes to get ahead," Van Horn said. "And when you're throwing 92, 93 miles per hour and then he throws that slider, they'll jump out for that fastball and then swing over that slider."

Missouri State bounced back from the loss against Arkansas with two wins over the weekend against Oral Roberts. And despite the blowout against the Razorbacks, the Bears are still a formidable opponent.

"I know Missouri State will be ready for us after the way the game went this past week," Van Horn said. "But we played extremely well that night."



WHEN: 6:35 p.m., Tuesday

WHERE: Hammons Field, Springfield, Mo.

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

RECORDS: Arkansas 19-5; Missouri State 13-11

SERIES RECORD: Razorbacks lead, 46-20

LAST MEETING: Arkansas won, 10-0 last Wednesday in Fayetteville

TODAY'S PROBABLE PITCHERS: Arkansas, Brett Eibner (2-2, 3.95 ERA); Missouri State, Aaron Meade (4-1, 3.03 ERA)

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