Diamond Hogs to scrimmage Oklahoma later this month

By: Matt Jones
Published: Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn walks toward the dugout during a College World Series game against Texas Tech on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in Omaha, Neb.
Photo by Ben Goff
Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn walks toward the dugout during a College World Series game against Texas Tech on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in Omaha, Neb.

— Arkansas will play an exhibition baseball game at Oklahoma on Sept. 22.

The scrimmage will begin at noon at L. Dale Mitchell Park in Norman, Okla., according to a Sooners press release. Tickets will cost $5, but spectators with tickets to the football game between Oklahoma and Army later that day will be admitted for free.

The Oklahoma exhibition is expected to be the first for Arkansas during its fall practice season. Wichita State coach Todd Butler tweeted last month that his team would scrimmage the Razorbacks on Oct. 5 at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville. Butler was an Arkansas assistant coach from the 2006-13 seasons.

The Razorbacks have not announced any fall exhibition dates.

An NCAA rule change permits baseball teams to play two exhibition games each fall without the scrimmages counting against a team’s 56-game regular-season schedule. Previously, teams could scrimmage in the fall, but the number of scrimmages were reduced from the number of games permitted during the regular season.

Arkansas and Oklahoma once had an annual home-and-home agreement, but the teams have not played since April 10, 2012, a 4-0 Sooners win in Norman, Okla.

The Sooners were 38-25 overall and 14-10 in the Big 12 last season under first-year coach Skip Johnson. Oklahoma played in the NCAA regional at Tallahassee, Fla., and was eliminated in the championship round by eventual College World Series participant Mississippi State.

Oklahoma lost three players in the first four rounds of the MLB Draft earlier this year, including outfielder Kyler Murray, the ninth overall selection by the Oakland Athletics. Murray is the quarterback for the Sooners' football team this fall and is expected to turn to pro baseball following the football season.

Oklahoma has 16 returning lettermen from last season’s team and 24 newcomers on its fall roster. Arkansas has 18 players back from last fall and 27 newcomers.

The Razorbacks began fall practice last week.

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