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
Diamond Hogs begin practice Friday
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/MICHAEL WOODS --06/17/2012-- University of Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn throws batting practice Sunday afternoon at Bellevue East High School in Bellevue, Nebraska.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas' baseball team will begin its preseason practices Friday.
The Razorbacks' first practice will begin at 2 p.m. at Baum Stadium. All practices are open to the public season-long.
After reaching the College World Series last season, Arkansas will enter the 2013 season with one of its highest preseason rankings ever in the major polls. One publication, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, ranked the Razorbacks No. 1 in the preseason, while Perfect Game USA has them ranked No. 2 behind North Carolina.
Baseball America and the USA Today/Coaches' poll are expected to release preseason rankings within the next week.
Arkansas opens the season with eight consecutive home games, beginning with the first of a three-game series against Western Illinois on Feb. 15.