FAYETTEVILLE — Some Razorbacks fans assembling in Little Rock for Saturday night’s Arkansas versus Ole Miss football game apparently will join local Razorbacks fans and University of Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans fans for a 2018 baseball preview of 2019.
Coach Dave Van Horn’s SEC Razorbacks, 48-21 national runner-ups at the 2018 College World Series and coach Chris Curry’s Trojans, of the Sun Belt Conference, 28-28 last season, meet for an announced sold-out 4:30 p.m. exhibition game Friday at UALR’s Gary Hogan Field.
The NCAA for the first time allows two exhibition games during the fall ball practice period.
Van Horn, whose Razorbacks originally were scheduled to play Oklahoma two weekends ago but rained out in Norman, Oklahoma, and Curry, formerly a grad assistant under Van Horn, then agreed on today’s game.
They’ve already agreed for a regular season game that counts.
The Trojans are, on April 2, scheduled to visit Baum Stadium, playing the Razorbacks in Fayetteville.
Arkansas beat Wichita State, 3-1 over nine innings in last Friday night’s exhibition game at Baum.
That game reached a 10-1 conclusion with the contest scheduled 14 innings so Van Horn and Wichita State coach Todd Butler could evaluate their incoming players and returning reserves.
Van Horn said last week that he and Curry have set a similar plan for today’s game.
After today’s game, the Razorbacks wrap their fall practices with their annual intrasquad World Series.
UALR plays its second and final exhibition on Oct. 27 at Ole Miss in Oxford.