FAYETTEVILLE — What's college baseball season at Arkansas without winter weather issues?
The Razorbacks made a wise decision Tuesday, playing a doubleheader against New Orleans because of a winter storm that was supposed to move into the area Wednesday. The storm arrived earlier this morning, blanketing Baum Stadium with snow while Dave Van Horn previewed this weekend's series against Evansville.
Van Horn said Friday's game could be affected, too, because of cold temperatures and ice expected to fall later tonight and into Thursday. No schedule changes have been made at this point, but Van Horn said Arkansas could postpone Friday's game and play two Saturday or Sunday if necessary.
"We have the field covered with the tarp," Van Horn said. "If we can get the ice and snow off if it and, say, the temperature is 38 degrees and sunny we'll play Friday. But if it doesn't look good, low 30s, still cloudy, whatever, we'll probably move it to a doubleheader Saturday or Sunday. We'll make that decision probably on Friday."
Other notes from Van Horn's press conference:
• This week's pitching tentative pitching rotation: RHP Ryne Stanek (Friday), RHP Barrett Astin (Saturday), RHP Trey Killian (Sunday). It will be the first start for Killian, who replaces LHP Trent Daniel (who was filling in for injured LHP Randall Fant last week).
• Don't expect Dominic Ficociello to play this weekend. Van Horn said Ficociello doesn't want to test his strained oblique in a game until the Razorbacks go to Arizona for a tournament next week. Van Horn agrees, saying further damage could keep him out longer.
• Expect catcher Jake Wise to be behind the plate plenty. Backup Jean Ramirez was shaky in his first start last weekend. Van Horn chalked some of it up to first-game jitters and had a conversation with Ramirez. He said Ramirez will still some work - but maybe not in a start.
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau