Pitching coach Matt Hobbs has been working on improving the team’s depth on the mound.

Senior Connor Noland is in line to be Arkansas’ ace to begin the season. Upcoming scrimmages and early-season non-conference games will be pivotal in developing the rotation as the season begins, Van Horn said.

“We have a lot of good arms,” Van Horn said. “We just have to figure out how to use them.”

Noland looked the part in the first scrimmage of the year Jan. 29. He threw two innings and struck out five of the seven batters he faced.

“He’s just a competitor,” sophomore pitcher Mark Adamiak said. “He’s been there, he’s done it.”

At the plate, Arkansas is poised for another explosive season. Many powerful hitters from last season are returning, accompanied by new additions to the squad.

“As an opposing pitcher, you’re going to have to fight us, because we are going to fight you.” Van Horn said.


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