The scrimmage lasted 5 hours, 15 minutes and was Arkansas' first intrasquad action in a preseason hampered by large amounts of snow and ice in the region. The No. 17 Razorbacks were able to take outdoor batting practice for the first time Friday since starting team practice Jan. 30.
"This hasn't been a real typical early spring for us," Arkansas pitching coach Dave Jorn said. "Usually we're able to get out here more. With this being the first time we've been able to get out, guys were chomping at the bit to get out of the inside.
"It slows down progress. There are only so many things you can do inside. We've tried to throw live to hitters inside and sometimes you get into situations where the lighting isn't real good or you're cautious about somebody getting hit, so you don't do a lot of that."
"They know how to play baseball," Jorn said. "There are some components we need to get a little bit better at, but for the most part we know how to play. It was good to see them get out here for a little bit."
Perhaps the most important work Saturday came from pitchers. Arkansas used 10 pitchers on the afternoon, with scheduled weekend starters Drew Smyly and Mike Bolsinger each getting starting nods.
Both went 3.1 innings on the mound. Smyly allowed three hits and one run while striking out four batters. Bolsinger gave up four hits and three runs – including back-to-back home runs to Andy Wilkins and Monk Kreder in the fourth inning – while striking out three batters.
"I thought Bolsinger threw the ball pretty well but he's got a cut on his index finger on his right hand which kind of affects his curveball. That held him back a little bit," Jorn said. "He was a little tight in his biceps and early on you're going to get some nagging stuff like that.
"I didn't think Drew was able to throw the ball anywhere near as well as he's capable. He had some velocity but the command of the fastball was up in the zone. He didn't show good enough command there, so he needs to get better."
Smyly, who is expected to get the starting nod in the opener Friday against Ball State, said he felt he started off too slow.
"It was hard for me at first to find my command," Smyly said. "I battled and just did what I had to do to get hitters out."
Brett Eibner, the projected Sunday starter, struck out three batters in 1.1 innings of work and freshman DJ Baxendale continued to dominate on the mound with seven strikeouts in four innings.
Razorback coach Dave Van Horn said Friday the scrimmage would be a good indication of the Hogs' starting lineup in the opener and freshman short stop Matt Reynolds got the starting nod on the first team over redshirt sophomore Tim Carver. The two have been entrenched in a thrilling battle for starter there since the fall.
In 11 classic innings played before the teams began situational drills Saturday, Reynolds played well at the plate, drawing two walks, scoring a run and stealing a base.
The offensive star, however, was Travis Sample who continued his blistering pace he began in the fall. The right fielder for the second team went 4-for-5 from the plate with two RBIs and an extra-base hit. He also walked once and reached base on a fielder's choice.
"I've been able to get used to my surroundings," Sample said. "It's a totally different environment and I've been able to get a comfort level that will help me compete in the SEC."
In addition to Wilkins and Kreder, Zack Cox and Tom Hauskey hit solo home runs in the late innings.
The Razorbacks will take Sunday off as another weather system expected to bring snow moves through Northwest Arkansas. The team will return to practice Monday after holding its annual media day.