"This was OK," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said after the 90-minute workout in Walker Pavilion. "We used today to do a lot of work on the little things. You can spend too much time just hitting on the field. There are times you need to make sure you are covering the little things and we did that today.
"This was fine today. We got a lot done in situations. This is not like it's the first time we've practiced. With all the things we did in the fall, this was really like our 30th or so workout."
The Hogs have had two weeks of individual drills since the start of the winter semester.
The good news for the Hogs is the health of the team.
"We have everyone out here working," Van Horn said, noting all members of the 35-man roster participated Saturday. "We are nice and healthy. We had some guys sitting out in the fall, like Brett Eibner and Drew Smyly, in the fall. We rested them. They are doing well."
Eibner said he felt "great" after the workout. He's projected as the team's regular center fielder and a starter on the weekend in the SEC rotation.
"Last year, the season and then the summer, took a toll," Eibner said. "My arm couldn't take that much. I needed some rest. But I'm all rested up and ready to play both positions."
The Hogs let Eibner concentrate on his bat in the fall, changing his approach at the plate.
"I've got a shorter swing," he said. "I'm going to hit better with this swing."
Van Horn said, "It is shorter and his weight is more in his back leg. You can see a difference."
Van Horn said the Hogs had to adapt to Walker Pavilion.
"The walls are white, so it's not real easy to pick up the baseball," he said. "And there's a lot of glass around this place. We had to cover some of them to do what we wanted. If it was set up for baseball, we'd have it green and there would be a lot of netting in here.
"But like I said, it was OK. We got a lot done."
Van Horn said the Hogs have a nice mix of veterans and newcomers. He praised freshmen DJ Baxendale, Matt Reynolds and Matt Vinson. He said all had a chance to make significant contributions. He also expects several junior college transfers to make an impact, including catcher Monk Kreder. The 6-1, 230-pound Kreder is a candidate to hit cleanup as the designated hitter.
"We've got some talent in that new group," Eibner said. "It's all coming together to make a strong team. We've got guys coming in who are going to help us. That's why I say this isn't about me. It's about the team. It's whatever I can do to help this team.
"We've got confidence, but we know the only way to get back to Omaha is with hard work and playing together."