FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Razorback baseball team will hold its annual Meet the Razorbacks Day on Saturday, Feb. 3 at center court of the Northwest Arkansas Mall, with a new time of 3-5 p.m.
Entering its 23rd year, the event will feature Arkansas baseball head coach Dave Van Horn and the 2018 Razorback baseball team. Fans are encouraged to get autographs and take pictures with members of the team. Autographs are limited to one item per person. The Razorback Diamond Dolls, RBI Girls, and Ribby the Mascot will also be available for pictures and autographs.
Fresh off a 45-win season and the 28th NCAA Regional appearance in school history, the Razorbacks enter their 16th season under the guidance of Van Horn as one of the most highly touted teams in the nation. Last month, Arkansas was ranked third in the country by Collegiate Baseball Magazine’s preseason poll. It’s the highest preseason ranking for Arkansas since being ranked No. 1 by Collegiate Baseball in 2013.
Offensively, the Hogs return a potent lineup that includes six of its top eight hitters from a year ago. Shortstop Jax Biggers is back after hitting .338 with four home runs and 37 RBIs, as he was the first Razorback primary shortstop to hit over .300 in a season since Scott Hode in 2005.
Arkansas also returns the services of seniors Luke Bonfield and Carson Shaddy, who both combined for 17 home runs and 89 RBIs last year, as well as catcher Grant Koch, who is coming off a summer playing with the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.
On the mound, Arkansas brings back the heart of its pitching staff in preseason All-American Blaine Knight along with redshirt sophomore Isaiah Campbell, junior Kacey Murphy, and junior Jake Reindl. Entering his second year as the Arkansas pitching coach, Wes Johnson hopes to continue seeing the pitching success the Razorbacks had last year, which combined for a 3.61 team ERA and a school-record 619 strikeouts.
The 2018 Razorback baseball team will begin its season against Bucknell with a three-game series on Feb. 16. For information on season tickets, mini-plans and single-game tickets call the Razorback Ticket Office at 1-800-982-HOGS.
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