Razorback Baseball Opens Fall Practice This Su
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas baseball team puts its Southeastern Conference title defense in full swing this Sunday when the Razorbacks begin fall practice.
The Razorbacks feature 41 players on the fall roster, including 19 players that return from last season’s squad.
“We’re ready to get on the field,” Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn said. “The players have been doing a good job in the weight room and really reported back here in good shape. Now it’s time for skill instruction and we’re looking forward to a lot of competition.”
Last season, the Razorbacks posted a 45-24 overall record and a 19-11 mark in the SEC. The Hogs claimed a share of the SEC title with the Georgia Bulldogs and won the SEC Western Division outright.
The Razorbacks capped their season by advancing to the program’s fifth College World Series after sweeping the Florida State Seminoles in the Fayetteville Super Regional.
While the Razorbacks return several players from last season’s championship squad, some of the players have injuries to overcome.
“Danny Hamblin will be limited because of the off-season surgery on his shoulder,” Van Horn said. “Stephen Robison broke his left wrist during summer ball and Scott Bridges hurt his wrist lifting weights.
“So there are some obstacles for us, but this will give a lot of our newcomers a chance to show what they can do and provide some competition at every spot.”
On the mound, the Razorbacks return Fayetteville Regional Most Outstanding Player Charley Boyce who went 10-3 with a 3.20 ERA in 2004.
“We’ve got a lot of new faces on the mound for us,” Van Horn added. “We’ve got a lot of talented freshmen who will be competing for playing time. One of our leaders last year, Charley Boyce, is back and we are looking for good things from him.”
Arkansas’ Sunday practice is set for 2:30 p.m. at Baum Stadium and is open to the public.
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