FAYETTEVILLE — University of Arkansas Coach Dave Van Horn touted his team’s hitting and outfield depth and hinted fourth-year senior Connor Noland was on track to start the Razorbacks’ Feb. 18 season opener on Monday.

Speaking on a video conference with members of the Swatter’s Club, Van Horn said Noland is feeling healthy, has improved his diet and is ready to unleash at least a four-pitch repertoire on hitters this season.

“Can he be an ace? Sure,” Van Horn said. “He’s got four pitches … and he might have five. I won’t tell you all his secrets.”

Noland was the Razorbacks’ No. 1 starter in 2020 before the season was wiped out prior to conference play due to the coronavirus.


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