Van Horn Considers Moving Fences

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas' Baum Stadium isn't exactly known as a park for home-run hitters. But coach Dave Van Horn is pondering something that could make it more long-ball friendly.

Van Horn said Monday he has considered shortening the distance to the stadium's fences for the past couple years and might look into it even more when the 2009 season ends.

"If we want to really match the stadium's that we play in, we might need to address that when this season is over on possibly bringing in the fences in the alleys a little bit," Van Horn said.

Currently, the distance from home plate to the fence at Baum stretches 320 feet down the foul lines, 375 feet in the alleys and 400 feet in center field. By comparison, the fence at Alabama's Sewell-Thomas Stadium, where Arkansas was swept in a three-game Southeastern Conference series over the weekend, is 325, 365 and 400 feet, respectively.

Van Horn believes the longer distance to the alleys at Baum when compared to most SEC ballparks hurts the Hogs when they're recruiting power hitters. Arkansas is sixth in the conference in home runs (62), while Alabama and Auburn are tied for the league lead with 100.

"I think Ole Miss has done it. Kentucky is short. Just off the top of my head, there's probably five or six stadiums that have made some adjustments," Van Horn said. "Tennessee, they didn't bring their fences in — they took home plate out about 10, 15 feet so it's shorter. It might help us a little bit."

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