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Arkansas Baseball Sets Scrimmage For Saturday;

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Arkansas Baseball Sets Scrimmage For Saturday;

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Razorback baseball team concludes its first week of fall practice with an abbreviated scrimmage Saturday beginning at noon. Fans are invited to attend.
Arkansas began fall practice last Saturday under new head coach Dave Van Horn. The squad has spent the first week of practice working on fundamentals and learning the new style of play.
“We have spent this week getting a feel for our ball club,” Van Horn said. “I think things have gone well so far. We are trying to convey our style of play to the players and they have done a good job of understanding what we are trying to do.”
Van Horn noted the pitchers have held the upper hand during the week as the hitters get adjusted to the game.
“Our hitters have struggled a little bit, but that is to be expected,” Van Horn said. “Pitchers usually get the best of them early on, but overall I am happy with both.”
Van Horn added the Razorbacks’ defense has been solid in the early going.
“We have not made very many mistakes in the field,” Van Horn said. “I am very happy about that. We have had some very pleasant surprises, but we have a long way to go.”
Van Horn begins his first year at the helm of the Razorback program following a five-year stint at Nebraska. He amassed a 214-92 (.699) record in five years and guided the ‘Huskers to back-to-back College World Series appearances.
The Razorbacks open the 2003 season at home against Missouri Southern on Feb. 9, at 2 p.m. The Razorbacks’ home schedule includes conference series against Mississippi State, Georgia, Vanderbilt and LSU. The Hogs will also host non-conference games against Creighton, Kansas State and Southwest Missouri State.



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