ARKANSAS BASEBALL:

Hogs anticipating Ficociello’s return

By: Bob Holt
Published: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Dominic Ficociello is expected to play his first game during the Coca-Cola Classic in Surprise, Ariz.
Photo by Andy Shupe
Dominic Ficociello is expected to play his first game during the Coca-Cola Classic in Surprise, Ariz.

— Arkansas will take a .312 team batting average through eight games into this weekend’s Coca-Cola Classic, where the No. 2 Razorbacks open against Arizona State at 5 p.m. Thursday in Surprise, Ariz.

“Right now we’re swinging it pretty well,” Razorbacks outfielder Joe Serrano said. “It’s kind of crazy thinking what more we can add to this lineup.”

Dave Van Horn - Surprise Preview

Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn previews the Razorbacks' upcoming trip to the Coca-Cola Classic in Surprise, Ariz. (By Matt Jones)
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But the Razorbacks know they can add another big bat with the anticipated return of junior Dominic Ficociello, who batted .311 with 91 RBI in the previous two seasons.

Ficociello, who is making the switch to second base this season after making the All-SEC Defensive Team at first base, said he is hopeful of making his 2013 debut after being sidelined by a strained oblique muscle on his left side.

“It’s getting better,” Ficociello, a switch-hitter, said after Tuesday’s practice. “It doesn’t bother me swinging right-handed at all. It doesn’t really bother me doing anything other than swinging

Sports, Pages 22 on 02/27/2013

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