FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas pitchers Colin Poche and Adam Meyer have been suspended for the season-opening series against Western Illinois.

The punishments came after the two were arrested for shoplifting last month after taking two cases of beer and two sandwiches from a local Wal-Mart. Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn announced the suspensions after Monday’s Swatter’s Club meeting.

“It’s just unfortunate,” Van Horn said. “They’re paying the price with us and then obviously they’ll be suspended for the first three games of the season. They won’t be able to dress out, be around the team or anything.”

The pitchers, who are both 19, were arrested after a loss prevention officer at the store spotted Poche trying to conceal the beer in a tote bag. Both Poche and Meyer also removed and discarded the labels from sandwiches before exiting the store without making any attempt to pay for the items, according to the police report.

Van Horn said Monday there were more details surrounding the incident, but couldn’t elaborate. He did say: “They were both there. One of them might’ve just kind of been there and I’ll just leave it at that.”

Van Horn said the pitchers have faced other disciplinary action within the team since the incident. He mentioned Poche during his message to the crowed Monday and said the freshman has matured in the two weeks since the mistake.

“I think they’ve obviously learned a big lesson,” Van Horn said.

— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau