Scottie Bordelon is a reporter for WholeHogSports.com. A graduate of the University of Arkansas, Bordelon previously covered high school sports for the Times Record in Fort Smith and the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Springdale. He is a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and Football Writers Association of America and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
Van Horn: McFarland looking for right fit
Arkansas designated hitter Jordan McFarland checks the dugout for the sign before an at-bat against Western Illinois Wednesday, March 13, 2019, during the third inning at Baum-Walker Stadium in Fayetteville. Visit nwadg.com/photos to see more photos from the game.
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas first baseman/designated hitter Jordan McFarland is looking elsewhere for a chance to play every day, Razorbacks coach Dave Van Horn said Monday.
McFarland, who is in the NCAA transfer portal, hit .238 in 24 games played - 15 starts - as a junior. Only freshmen Trey Harris and Curtis Washington started fewer games this spring.
"He’d like to go to another Division I school, and hopefully he gets an opportunity to play right away," Van Horn said at his end-of-season press conference at Baum-Walker Stadium. "He just wants to play."
Van Horn added he doesn't blame McFarland, a Waterloo, Ill., native, for exploring his options. Arkansas' staff will do what it can to help him gain eligibility in 2020.
"He’s been here for three years, and hasn’t hardly played. He’s a good kid," Van Horn said. "He did a nice job for us just keeping a great attitude all year. Hopefully he can find the right fit for him."
A top-100 recruit and the No. 10 outfielder in the country out of high school, according to Perfect Game, McFarland batted .271 in 29 games as a freshman with the Razorbacks and a career-high .299 in 45 games in 2018.
He hit a home run and drove in two runs in seven SEC games this season.
McFarland is the only player on the 2019 roster who has expressed a desire to transfer, but more are possible this summer due to large roster size.
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