Matt Jones has been the online sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and NWA Media since 2010. He is also a feature writer for Hawgs Illustrated magazine and is currently working on his Master's degree at the University of Arkansas.
Favorite Sport: Basketball
Best Sports Memories: Watching Arkansas' basketball national championship in 1994; being at the Georgia Dome when the tornado hit during the 2008 SEC Tournament; countless hours spent at Baum Stadium in the spring.
Favorite Fayetteville Restaurants: Noodles, Penguin Ed's and Mojitos
Education: University of Arkansas
Ficociello could miss another week
Dominic Ficociello missed the season-opening series against Western Illinois with a strained oblique.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas could be without projected starting second baseman Dominic Ficociello for another week, Razorbacks coach Dave Van Horn said Sunday.
Ficociello missed Arkansas' season-opening series against Western Illinois with a strained oblique muscle suffered two weeks ago. The Razorbacks won two out of three games against the Leathernecks, but dropped the finale 7-5.
Arkansas will host New Orleans for a two-game series beginning Tuesday and Evansville for a three-game series beginning Friday.
"I don't see him playing this whole week probably," Van Horn said. "Maybe Saturday or Sunday if things really change, but not Tuesday or Wednesday and probably not Friday; maybe not at all until we get out there maybe next Thursday.
"Give him another 10 or 11 days and see if we can get that thing completely healed up."
Jacob Mahan replaced Ficociello at second in the series. He finished 3-for-8 at the plate with an RBI.
Ficociello was one of three Arkansas players held out because of injury. Left-handed pitcher Randall Fant suffered a hamstring injury during practice last week, while right-handed pitcher Colby Suggs also suffered an oblique strain.