Hogs' Opener Rained Out

FAYETTEVILLE – No one was more annoyed Friday night than Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn.

Plenty of people shared in the misery caused by the severe weather that brought heavy rain, lightning, hail and tornado sirens. But Van Horn seemed especially frustrated addressing reporters after Friday's game between the No. 12 Razorbacks and No. 5 LSU was called at 8:05 p.m.

For Van Horn, it was a tough call.

"We had to start the game before 10 o'clock," Van Horn said. "If we had a delay after that, which it looked like we would, we wouldn't be able to play after that.

"The radar (kept) blowing up all the way back past McAlester (Okla.) running right through here. ... It's just frustrating because it's a big weekend, a big series. You can't do anything about it. We just have to wait until (today) and try to play."

The hope is to play a doubleheader — both nine-inning contests — beginning at noon today. The second game will start about 45 minutes after the conclusion of game one. Arkansas officials said fans with single-game tickets for Friday's game could exchange those tickets for a future game.

There is no guarantee the Razorbacks and Tigers will play today, either. The weather forecast calls for an 80 percent chance of rain, with heavy rain possible in many areas.

LSU coach Paul Mainieri sounded extremely disappointed that Arkansas (30-12, 13-7) and LSU (34-12, 14-7) couldn't play as scheduled.

"This certainly was going to be an exciting weekend of college baseball," Mainieri said. "(It's) two teams that are competing for a lot of high stakes and a beautiful ballpark. They were going to have a big crowd here.

"There's a lot of parties going on back in Louisiana around televisions right now thinking they were going to be able to watch this game. I just feel disappointed for everybody."

Mainieri said LSU will "just have to roll with the punches." He and Van Horn both said they didn't intend on changing their pitching plans. That means staff aces Dallas Keuchel (6-1, 4.30 ERA), for Arkansas, and Anthony Ranaudo (5-2, 2.89), for LSU, should still start on the mound in game one.

At least the Razorbacks got a little bit of a workout in Friday night. Tornado sirens could be heard around Baum Stadium just before 6 p.m., and fans around the stadium were quickly moved to the Randal Tyson Indoor Track Center.

The Hogs then saved the infield dirt with some pre-game hustle. They spent a few minutes quickly putting the tarp on the infield at about 6:15 p.m. As sophomore Brett Eibner walked toward the mound and stomped all over the tarp to make sure it didn't fly away, rain poured onto the Hogs.

Heavy rain fell for the next 15 minutes, then off and on for the next 90, before the call to postpone came just after 8 p.m.



WHEN: Noon, today (doubleheaader)

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: LSU 34-12, 14-7 Southeastern Conference; Arkansas 30-12, 13-7

SERIES RECORD: LSU leads 45-21

TODAY'S PROBABLE PITCHERS: LSU, Anthony Ranaudo (5-2, 2.89) and Louis Coleman (8-2, 3.07); Arkansas, Dallas Keuchel (6-1, 4.30) and Brett Eibner (4-2, 3.23)

Arkansas Razorbacks Upcoming Schedule

Date Opponent Site Time

May 2 LSU Fayetteville Noon*

May 3 LSU Fayetteville 1:05 p.m.

May 8 at Alabama Tuscaloosa, Ala. 6:35 p.m.

May 9 at Alabama Tuscaloosa, Ala. 4 p.m.

May 10 at Alabama Tuscaloosa, Ala. 2 p.m.

* — doubleheader

Photo Credit, Marc F. Henning, Hawgs Illustrated

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