Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
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.