Tough Road Continues For Arkansas

Dave Van Horn wasn't kidding when he suggested a couple of weeks ago there were no cupcakes left on the Arkansas schedule.

After one of their most hardfought weeks of the season, the Razorbacks don't appear to have any sort of let up this week either.

"All I know is we played five games this week, four one-run games and a two-run game and we had to earn everything we got," Van Horn said. "We could have easily won all five or lost all five."

Arkansas is in the middle of a brutal seven-game road trip that began over the weekend with a 1-2 trip to Georgia. The Razorbacks played very good baseball each time out against the Bulldogs, but needed a Brett Eibner one-hit shutout on Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep in Athens.

Now Arkansas turns it's attention to Oral Roberts (21-9). And while the Golden Eagles might not be an SEC power, they have played fits with the Hogs lately. Since 2006, ORU has won five of the past six meetings, including a 12-2 win last season in Tulsa.

"They've played us well these past couple of years," Van Horn said. "Give credit to them, they've had good teams."

Arkansas (26-11) will plan to throw Drew Smyly on the mound to start today's game. Smyly began the season in the weekend rotation before a couple of rough outings moved him back to the midweek platoon. In nine appearances, the redshirt freshman is 2-1 with a 4.55 earned run average.

"We'll just have to piece it together on Tuesday and see what we can do," Van Horn said.

Coming off one of the biggest wins of the season, the Razorbacks are hoping a win against ORU can help build the momentum as they prepare for another huge SEC series this weekend at Tennessee. But as Van Horn promised a couple of weeks back, nothing will come easy from here on out.

"We're just going to go over there and play hard," Eibner said. "If we go over there and continue to play hard, hopefully the game will go our way."


No. 12 Arkansas at Oral Roberts

WHEN: 7 p.m.

WHERE: J.L. Johnson Stadium, Tulsa, Okla.

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

RECORDS: Arkansas Razorbacks, 26-11; Oral Roberts Golden Eagles, 21-9.

SERIES: Arkansas leads 60-34.

LAST MEETING: Oral Roberts won 12-2 on April 15, 2008, in Tulsa.

TODAY'S PROBABLE STARTERS: Arkansas, Drew Smily (2-1, 4.55 ERA); Oral Roberts, TBD.

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