Arkansas Baseball Begins Season Sunday Against
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas baseball team begins the 2003 season with a 2 p.m. contest against Missouri Southern this Sunday at Baum Stadium.
The game marks the first for new head coach Dave Van Horn and the newly renovated Baum Stadium. Van Horn was named head coach following the retirement of Norm DeBriyn at the end of the 2002 season.
During the offseason, an additional 2,477 chairback seats were added to Baum Stadium, increasing capacity to 5,777. In addition, the batting and pitching cages were enclosed and a glass windscreen on the main concourse level was constructed to reduce wind for fans.
Despite advancing to an NCAA Super Regional last season, the Razorbacks are not ranked in any of the top 25 preseason polls and have been picked to finish last in the Southeastern Conference by league coaches.
“We have a lot of players returning from last year’s team that nearly made it to the College World Series,” Van Horn said. “Getting that close and not making it is great motivation for them this season and we are looking for them to help carry this team.”
The Razorbacks will throw redshirt freshman Charley Boyce (RHP), against the Lions in the season opener. Missouri Southern will counter with Nick Davis (RHP) who went 6-3 with a 3.53 ERA last season.
Arkansas has won 36 consecutive games against Missouri Southern and holds a 43-1-1 all-time record against the Lions. The Razorbacks defeated Missouri Southern 13-1 in the 2002 season opener.
The Hogs have won eight straight season openers and nine of the last 10. The last time Arkansas lost a season opener came in 1994 against TCU.
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