PALO ALTO, Calif. – The Razorbacks baseball team got their first glimpse of Klein Field on Thursday morning on the Stanford University campus as it prepares to play Pepperdine Univ. in the opening game of the NCAA Stanford Regional.
Arkansas (34-22, 14-15 SEC) was the first team to practice on Thursday morning kicking off the regional schedule which culminates with a coaches meeting at 4:00 p.m. local time.
“We are excited to be here,” Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn said. “This is an outstanding facility and the weather is great here. We are looking forward to playing on Friday.”
The Razorback practice began with Arkansas’ fielders getting a feel for the playing surface with infield practice before the Arkansas coaching staff moved on to situational drills. The Thursday morning practice finished up with batting practice.
The conclusion of practice sets the Razorbacks up to play Pepperdine (36-19, 14-6 West Coast). The Waves were the second team to practice on Thursday, but may have to play on Friday without their best hitter who has suffered from a leg injury and could be out for the entire regional.
“If you look at the numbers, Pepperdine is a good team that plays outstanding defense,” Van Horn said. “They also get solid starting pitching.”
The Arkansas-Pepperdine contest is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. central time on Friday afternoon and will be shown via live video streaming on the internet. Fans can visit www.hogwired.com to find a link to the stream.